PhD Law

  • On Campus
  • 36 months
  • EUR9400 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR9400 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English, Danish ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Copenhagen, Denmark
The PhD programme is a three-year research programme aiming to train PhD students at an international level to undertake research, development and teaching assignments in the private and public sectors, for which a broad knowledge of research is required.



During this period the PhD student must attend courses, acquire teaching experience and participate in research environments at other universities in accordance with section 7, subsection 2 of the Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities.

The most important aspect of the PhD course of studies is the preparation of a written thesis (typically approximately 150 to not more than 300 pages in length) that forms the basis of the award of a PhD degree after an oral public defence.

Admission takes place on an individual basis. In addition to proof of their academic credentials, applicants will be expected to provide a fully developed proposal for their chosen subject

All subjects within the discipline of jurisprudence can be considered. However the Faculty will give priority to applications within the research areas of the Faculty's research centres.

Most PhD courses are conducted in Danish, and it is a precondition for enrolling in the PhD courses that the PhD student is willing to learn Danish or English.

Joint degree
PHD programme in co-operation with the University of Iceland

The Faculty of Law has established a co-operation with the Faculty of Law at the University of Iceland about a PhD programme. The university is ranked among the 300 best universities in the world according to The Times Higher Education and is a progressive educational and scientific institution. The co-operation means that you can complete the three-year PhD programme in close co-operation between the universities and followinga positive evaluation you will be awarded a joint PhD degree from two universities.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January
Tuition fee
  • EUR9400 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR9400 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


At the Faculty of Law the tuition fee is about DKK 70,000 (USD 12,000) per year and further DKK 36,000 if an office is needed. The Faculty of Law decides which applicants to enrol as PhD fellows. If you are awarded a PhD scholarship the tuition fee will be fully covered.

Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 36 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Project Type Open
Educational Form Academic

Course Content

The PhD school holds an introductory meeting twice a year, which provides information about the PhD programme and the facilities at the faculty. The PhD school also ensures that the newly enrolled PhD student is introduced to the PhD administration and the Library of the Faculty of Law. The head of the PhD school also offers all newly enrolled PhD students an introductory interview.

PhD courses

  • The PhD school offers PhD courses of a quality and quantity corresponding to its goal of creating an international standard research environment and of contributing to an attractive educational environment for the PhD student.
  • The amount of course activity in which the PhD student shall participate has been rated as approx. 30 ECTS points.
  • The PhD committee approves PhD courses and ensures that the courses are evaluated and followed up.
JurForsk cooperation
  • PHD courses are developed and offered within the framework of the Danish Legal Research Education Programme (Jurforsk), and consist of basic courses, special courses and external courses etc. Information about Jurforsk is available in a Google translation in English at this link: .
  • PhD students, enrolled from 1 January 2007 onwards, shall participate as a minimum in JurForsk courses corresponding to 20 ECTS, of which 10 ECTS shall be related to basic courses and at least 10 ECTS to special courses. PhD students enrolled prior to 1 January 2007 do not require this ECTS distribution. Any ECTS points earned before 1 January 2007 are still valid.
  • The head of the PhD school can waive the ECTS distribution.
Other courses and conferences (core conferences)
Pedagogical courseGeneric coursesECTS for other courses and conferencesStudy circle, internal seminars (Science Barbeque)
  • To create greater scientific and methodological awareness amongst the PhD students.
  • To familiarise the PhD students with the research process, so that challenges in their research work will be easier to deal with.
  • To develop competencies in research design, such as setting the framework for a research subject, the identification of relevant methodologies and theories and the ability to combine methodology and empiricism.
  • To create a good social environment for the faculty’s PhD students.

The PhD student shall complete a basic educational course as soon as possible after enrolment, unless the student in question has already undergone such a course or a similar course. The basic educational course is allocated 2 ECTS points, and forms part of the PhD student’s course commitments. The basic course is conducted by the faculty.

The PhD student may sign up for the generic courses offered by the different PhD Schools at the University of Copenhagen. Further information about generic courses can be found at the web pages for each PhD School.

The PhD student file an application to the Vice-Head of the PhD Programme for allocating ECTS for other courses and conferences. External courses etc. and core conferences can be accredited with a maximum of 10 ECTS. As a starting point, the PhD committee will use the guidelines laid down by JurForsk as the basis for allocating ECTS.

The PhD school holds a study circle several times each semester. The purpose of the study circle is:

The PhD students will each present their project at one of the meetings of the PhD study group during the first year of PhD study. The date of the presentation must be specified in the PhD curriculum and the presentation referred to in the half-yearly report.

Giving 1 presentation and attending at least 2 additional study group meetings gives 2 ECTS points. Presentation at one meeting and participation in at least 5 additional study group meetings gives 5 ECTS points.


  • Applicants whose native language is not English must document proficiency in English by having apssed one of the recognised language tests. For IELTS a minimum score of 6,5 is required. For TOEFL a minimum score of 575 (paper-based) or 231 (computer-based) is required. Applicants who have obtaind a university degree in a country in which English is the official language (Australia, USA, UK, Ireland and Canada), and applicants holding a Master of Laws from one of the Nordic universities are not required to submit proof of English proficiency.
  • Only a limited number of applicants are accepted, depending on the financial resources available and other criteria such as counselling facilities.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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