PhD

PhD study programmes

  • Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

PhD study programme

With its approximately 130 PhD students from all around the world, the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics is an active and inspiring environment for young researchers.


With its approximately 110 PhD students (almost half of whom come from abroad), the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics is an active and inspiring environment for young researchers.

The department has a special seminar programme – the Kjeldgaard Lectures in Molecular Biology – which was set up with a view to providing the students with insight into the many different research fields in the department’s core areas. Highly reputed scientists from all over the world are invited by the department to give these lectures, which are followed by a special PhD session. Here the students have an opportunity to meet the lecturers informally and possibly gain inspiration or make useful contacts for subsequent postdoctoral studies abroad.

To encourage staff and students to collaborate with the business sector, or to set up their own companies, the department has established a special programme – the Brian Clark Biotech Lectures – where researchers affiliated with the business community are invited to talk about their experiences. There is also the option of taking a so-called Industrial PhD, where the research project is carried out in collaboration between a private company, the student and the university.

Because most of the department’s researchers have partners abroad, there are good opportunities for working with foreign researchers and possibly being posted at a laboratory abroad while studying for a PhD. These contacts often form the basis for subsequent postdoctoral studies abroad.


PhD research programme at the department

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics offers research subjects for a PhD degree within the following main areas:

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Structural Biology
  • Systems Biology
  • Plant Biology
  • Quantitative Genetics

PhD defences at the department

Upon completion of the PhD studies, the student submits a PhD thesis. The research described herein, must be presented and defended by a PhD defence with external examiners.

PhD dissertations from the department

List with titles of the dissertations.

Graduate School of Science and Technology (GSST)

GSST is the graduate school for all PhD students enrolled at Science and Technology (ST).

Talent development at Aarhus University

General overview of talent development at AU, including doctoral fellowships, doctoral plan, graduate courses, news for PhD students, etc.

PhD House at Aarhus University

With the PhD House, Aarhus University aspires to create a dynamic academic and social environment for the university’s young research talents.

International Centre

The International Centre is the centre of all international activities at Aarhus University.

Internationalisation with a vengeance

Aarhus University urges researchers and students to focus on international collaboration. This commitment is fully met by the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, as approximately 140 of the department’s more than 400 staff members and PhD students come from abroad – representing most of the world.  Read more.

Successful recruitment of highly motivated foreign PhD students

The molecular biosciences departments at Aarhus University have been successful in recruiting talented foreign PhD students who contribute with extensive knowledge, new ideas and methods, exciting foreign culture and, above all, a contagious motivation.

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