Awarding the PhD degree

The PhD programme in Denmark is described in the Danish qualification framework:

A person who has been awarded the PhD degree:

  • Must possess knowledge at the highest international level within the chosen field of research.
  • Must, based on scientific studies, have contributed significantly to the development of new knowledge and understanding within the chosen field of research.
  • Must master the scientific methodologies and tools as well as other skills related to research and development tasks within the chosen field of research.
  • Must be able to analyse, evaluate and develop new ideas, including designing and developing new techniques and skills within the discipline.
  • Must be able to participate in international discussions within the discipline and communicate scientific results and advances to the general public.
  • Must be able to plan and manage research and development tasks in complex and unpredictable contexts.
  • Must, with scientific integrity, be able to independently initiate and participate in national as well as international collaboration initiatives on research and development.
  • Must be able to independently initiate research and development projects and through these generate new knowledge and new skills that develop the field of research.