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Animal Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #60 (ARWU) Aarhus, Denmark
The overall aims of the research education programme Animal Science from Aarhus University are to deliver a strong and advanced research education in the field of animal science with special focus on animal health, welfare and nutrition.
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Overview

The research education programme works for a high quality in the PhD-education with a view to attracting competent students. We aim to do this by developing relevant and attractive courses and through effective, competent and inspiring supervision. Animal Science works in a problem-oriented way through disciplinary as well as interdisciplinary cooperation.

The research education Animal Science from Aarhus University programme focuses on the future international dimension of the research education.

The research education programme covers three thematic areas:

  • Animal health
  • Animal welfare
  • Animal nutrition

The scientific core areas of Animal Science are nutrition, microbial gut ecology, different aspects of physiology, ethology, immunology, disease mechanisms and disease prevention as well as management and decision support in livestock farming.

Further, the research comprises animal models for studying nutrient turnover and utilization, disease complexes and reproduction of importance to human nutrition and health.

Across the thematic areas Animal Science has a strong focus on organic livestock production. Further SOAR - an interinstitutional and international network for PhD-courses and projects in organic agriculture is hosted by the Department of Animal Science.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    2 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research facilities available

Through the affiliation to the Department of Animal Science (ANIS) the following animal research facilities are available:

  • Surgery rooms
  • Intensive care facilities including respiration chamber (small animals) laboratory
  • Laboratory animal facility
  • Infection barn facility
  • Fur animal facility
  • Poultry facilities
  • Swine facilities
  • Cattle facilities and Kvægbrugets ForsøgsCenter (KFC)
  • Horse facilities
  • Organic livestock facility

Through the affiliation to the Department of Animal Science (ANIS) and its researchers there will be access to unique and modern laboratory facilities:

  • Proteome and metabolome platform
  • Physiology platform
  • Cell and reproductive biology platform
  • Nutrition and animal feed platform
  • Immunology and microbiology platform

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    83

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  • Minimum required score:

    560

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General Requirements

Please note that all information in the application must be in Danish or English, and that GSST reserves the right to verify the authenticity of your educational diploma and transcripts. 

Application requirements
  • Personal information
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Academic background 
  • Financing - indicate sources and amounts of possible financial support, if any. Also, please see the "Financing and prospective supervisors" section above.
  • Plan of study
  • Project description for open calls (½-4 pages) - describe your ideas and research plans for your project. 
  • References 
  • Motivation
Documentation of language skills should also be included, if required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Aarhus

  • 6639 - 10060 DKK/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

PhD fellowships and scholarships

Aarhus University invites highly qualified students from all over the world to apply for PhD admission to our four graduate schools: the Graduate School of Arts, the Graduate School of Health, the Graduate School of Science and Technology and the Graduate School of Business and Social Sciences.

Below you will find a general description of all PhD scholarships/fellowships at Aarhus University. On the individual graduate school websites you can find detailed information about specific scholarships as well as application announcements, procedures and deadlines.

PhD projects
  • Individual projects: You can apply for admission to a graduate school based on your academic record and a project proposal prepared by you.
  • Specified projects: You can apply for a number of specific PhD positions with predefined project descriptions. Predefined projects are announced on the individual graduate school websites.
Financial support
  • Enrolment in the PhD programme requires documented funding for the entire PhD programme.
  • You can apply for scholarships/fellowships in connection with your application to the PhD programme.
  • You can apply as a self-financed student. You must document your external funding sources.

If you do not hold a degree from a Danish university you can facilitate the application process by obtaining national recognition of your degree via the Danish Agency for International Education.

Several types of PhD scholarships

Aarhus University offers several types of PhD scholarships/fellowships: three-year fellowships, four-year scholarships, five-year scholarships and the Industrial PhD Programme.

3-year PhD fellowships

To be considered for a 3-year PhD fellowship you must have passed a qualifying exam that corresponds to 300 ECTS credits (e.g. a Bachelor’s degree allocated 180 ECTS credits and a Master’s degree allocated 120 ECTS credits). The recipient is employed as a PhD research fellow for three years.
This type of PhD fellowship is offered by the Graduate School of Arts, the Graduate School of Health, the Graduate School of Science and Technology and the Graduate School of Business and Social Sciences.

4-year PhD scholarships

To be considered for a 4-year PhD scholarship you must have passed a qualifying exam that corresponds to 240 ECTS credits (e.g. a Bachelor’s degree allocated 180 ECTS credits as well as Master’s degree exams corresponding to 60 ECTS credits, or a Master’s degree allocated 240 ECTS credits).
A 4-year PhD scholarship consists of two parts; part A (the first two years) and part B (the last two years). The recipient receives a monthly payment as a scholar during part A. When entering part B the recipient is employed as a PhD research fellow and receives a monthly salary. In the transition from part A to part B, a Danish Master’s degree is obtained. The transition from part A to part B also requires satisfactory completion of part A.
This type of PhD scholarship is offered by the Graduate School of Arts, the Graduate School of Health and the Graduate School of Business and Social Sciences.

5-year PhD scholarships

To be considered for a 5-year PhD scholarship you must have completed the Bachelor’s programme (the so-called 3+5 or Bologna Danese track which corresponds to 180 ECTS credits). On completion of a Bachelor’s degree, talented students are admitted directly to a programme which combines a Master's programme with a PhD programme.

This type of PhD scholarship is offered by the Graduate School of Science and Technology, the Graduate School of Health and the Graduate School of Business and Social Sciences.

The Industrial PhD Programme

The Industrial PhD Programme is a joint study programme between a university and a company or institution in the public or private sector, and is organized by the Danish Agency of Science, Technology and Innovation. The Industrial PhD Programme supports innovation in the private and public sectors by educating researchers in collaboration with organizations such as small businesses, corporations, nonprofit organizations, etc. Read more about the Industrial PhD Programme here.

The Industrial PhD Programme is offered by the Graduate School of Arts, the Graduate School of Health, the Graduate School of Science and Technology and the Graduate School of Business and Social Sciences.

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