Courses

During the PhD study, each PhD student must follow courses to reach approx. 30 ECTS for students admitted on the basis of a Master’s degree and 90 ECTS for students admitted on the basis of a Bachelor's degree (60 Master’s ECTS and approx. 30 PhD ECTS).

Specifically for PhD students enrolled in the 3+5 programme: The qualifying exam in engineering counts 30 ETCS (45 ECTS for some students in biotechnology and chemical engineering). Please contact your degree programme coordinator for more information).

When a course is completed, the PhD student must upload the course certificate or print from STADS in PhD Planner. If the PhD student doesn't have access to STADS, the teacher can prepare and sign a course certificate for the PhD student.

Preapproval of courses

For courses that are not registered as PhD courses, the PhD student (5+3 PhD students and 3+5/4+4 PhD students, part B) must get a preapproval of the course from the head of the ENG PhD committee.

To get preapproval, the PhD student sends an email to his/her supervisor with the relevant information on the bachelor's or master's course. The supervisor approves the course and forwards the approval to the head of the ENG PhD committee who must make the final approval.

After completion of the course, the PhD student must upload (in one pdf document) to PhD Planner:

  • course description
  • email with preapproval of the course
  • agreement with supervisor concerning exam
  • statement of course completion from teacher
  • diploma/statement of passed exam from supervisor


For 3+5/4+4 PhD students, part A, the courses must be approved by the study programme coordinator.

List of courses and registration

PhD courses at Aarhus University
You can find a list of PhD courses offered by engineering and other programmes at Science and Technology by following the link below. Registration information is indicated in the course descriptions.


Master's degree courses


If you already have a Master's degree, please read the information below:

To register for a Master's degree course, you must agree with the course responsible/teacher that you can follow the course but not take the ordinary exam. You will need to agree on a separate and more extensive exam with your supervisor.

Remember that you must have the course preapproved by the head of programme before starting the course.

After completing the Master's or Bachelor's degree course, you must upload (in one pdf document) to PhD Planner:

  • course description
  • email with preapproval of the course
  • agreement with supervisor concerning exam
  • statement of course completion from teacher
  • diploma/statement of passed exam from supervisor

ECTS course credits for PhD activities other than regular courses

As of December 2016, it has been decided that in addition to ECTS course credits for ordinary PhD course participation, the programme chair can grant ECTS course credits (1 ECTS credit per 25-30 hours of student activity) for documented activities at PhD level related to courses and/or extended visits at private enterprises and/or other research institutions, individually planned study activities or projects not being part of the PhD project, participation in schools, workshops and conferences, etc.

To be eligible for ECTS course credits, a description of the activity (including specified learning objectives and ECTS credits) must be approved (preferably in advance) by the main supervisor and the programme chair. The activity must be documented, and description as well as documentation must be uploaded in the PhD planner. Documentation can for example be proof of active participation from the organiser of schools, or supervisor approval of group seminars and/or knowledge-sharing written reports on the outcome of the activity.

A maximum of 10 ECTS course credits can be earned from activities that cannot be characterised as ordinary PhD course or school participation.

Creating new engineering PhD courses

Scientific staff members who wish to announce a scientific course or establish a new scientific PhD course can find the guidelines and a template for the course description on GSSTs website.

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Revised 16.05.2017