PhD Courses

Phd Courses

As a requirement from Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (PhD Order) that you during your PhD study accumulates 30 ECTS from PhD courses and similar activites. 

The 30 ECTS must be distributed as follows:

  • 10 ECTS to general PhD courses
  • 10 ECTS to project specific courses
  • 10 to be distributed as the PhD student wishes

A total of 6 ECTS can be gained from conferences and the like. 

ECTS from conferences and the like only needs approval from your supervisors if it counts as part of the 6 ECTS that you can usually use for this purpose. If you want conference participation to count as “regular-ECTS” you need your head of programs approval.

where to find your PhD courses

It is possible to find courses elsewhere but if they are not listed as PhD courses they may require approval from your supervisor or the head of program.

study circles

Should it be the case that a PhD student is unable to find a course on a specific topic - it is possible to create a study circle regarding the topic at hand. The study circle must be organized by a PhD supervisor (Associate Professor as a minimum). The material included in the study circle must be at a PhD level. If a master course is deemed to be highly relevant for a PhD study, a study circle revolving around the master course can be created. However, material must be addeded so that it is raised to a PhD level.

Prior to commencing a study circle, the head of the corresponding PhD programme must approve it. 

ECTS allocated to the study circle (28 hours of workload PR ECTS) cannot exceed 3 ECTS and will be regarded as part of the 6 ECTS that can be obatined from conferences and the like. 


  • It is your head of program that approves courses that are not PhD couses, study circles and ECTS from conferences that are not part of the 6 ECTS you can gain from conferences.
  • Questions regarding courses - contact Sofie Pia Jensen at AAU PhD 


The Doctoral School has created a course fund that PhD students can apply to for funds to cover expenses in connection with PhD courses held outside Aalborg University. The course must take place in Denmark, be organized by a Danish Doctoral School and provide at least 1 ECTS credit. 


PhD students enrolled in the Doctoral School at the Faculty of Medicine. The course for which funding is being sought must take place within the set duration of the study.


Support will be given for one return trip
Maximum 3-night hotel stay
Per diem allowance is not provided


The application must be sent to the doctoral school by e-mail: 

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