36 months
12000 USD/year
12000 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The PhD programme is a three-year research programme aimed at training PhD students to undertake in depth research at an international level, hone their teaching and communication skills to pursue an academic career, as well as acquire transferrable skills for undertaking a career in the public or private sector. The Law course is offered by the University of Copenhagen.


During the three-year period, in accordance with section 7, subsection 2 of the Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (pdf), the PhD student must attend courses, acquire teaching experience and undertake research stays at other research institutions and universities in Denmark and abroad. The Law course is offered by the University of Copenhagen.

What does the Faculty of Law provide?

  • The opportunity for conducting independent and in-depth legal research.
  • Flexible work hours.
  • Opportunity to undertake research at another university or research based stay at another institution in either Denmark or abroad, while being financed by the Faculty of Law.
  • PhD courses that enable students to hone their academic knowledge within the chosen area of research, develop competence in teaching and enhance their ability to communicate research results.
  • Free access to a well-equipped research library.
  • A monthly contractual wage for the duration of the PhD programme.
  • Office facilities located centrally within Copenhagen.
  • Opportunity for close interactions with experienced researchers and other PhD students, and for broadening one’s professional network.
  • Opportunities for professional and personal development.

Programme Structure

  • The most important aspect of the PhD programme is the preparation of a written thesis, which following an oral public defence, forms the basis for the award of the PhD degree.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must have obtained a degree that corresponds to a Danish Master’s degree or an equivalent qualification
  • Applicants must have obtained a minimum overall grade average of 8.2 or above at the Master’s level in accordance with the Danish grading scale
  • Applicants may submit their application before they have completed their Master’s Degree 
  • Applicants must document an aptitude for research through the meritorious assessment of their final thesis and if applicable, through research publications, in order to show that they are capable of undertaking the demanding task of writing a PhD thesis.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 USD per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 USD per year during 36 months.

At the Faculty of Law the tuition fee is approximately DKK 70,000 (USD 12,000) per year. 

Living costs for Copenhagen

7928 - 13456 DKK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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