Ph.D. On Campus

Art, Literature and Cultural Studies

Aarhus University

36 months
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The Art, Literature and Cultural Studies programme from Aarhus University covers all kinds of scientific studies of the arts in the broadest sense: i.e. visual art and culture, theatre and literature.


  • The programme covers all kinds of scientific studies of the arts in the broadest sense: i.e. visual art and culture, including more recent media such as film, video and computer; theatre, including performance and dance; music, from classical music to modern rhythmic music; and literature, from national and area-defined contexts to world literature.
  • The Art, Literature and Cultural Studies programme at Aarhus University also welcomes museological studies, trans- and intermedial studies, art and aesthetic theory, as well as more general studies in culture’s history and theory, including ”Cultural Studies” and neuro-aesthetic approaches. There are no chronological or theoretical barriers for the programme, which includes historical, contemporary and trans-historical projects. Likewise, the programme encourages both projects from singular disciplines and projects aiming at bridging different disciplines.

Affiliated centers and departments

The programme is embedded within the Institute for Aesthetics and Communication and is affiliated with the aesthetic disciplines Art History, Theatre Studies, Music Studies, Literature History, Aesthetics and Culture as well as Nordic and Roman languages, English and German. The programme is furthermore affiliated with the Centre for Museology.

Examples of employment after graduation:

Director of the playwright education at Aarhus Theatre.

Teacher at Aarhus University.

National cooperation:

The programme is part of a national PhD programme network in Arts and Litterature:

  • PhD Programme in Transnational and Migration Studies (TRAMS), Copenhagen University
  • PhD Programme in Cultural Studies, Literature and the Arts, Copenhagen University
  • H.C. Andersen Research School, University of Southern Denmark
  • European Cultural Studies, Roskilde University

Furthermore the programme collaborates with ARoS, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art and Ordrupgaard.

International cooperation

The programme participates in the literature network HERMES, an international collaboration between eight European and two American universities. It has an annual meeting with around 30 PhD students and invited keynote speakers.

Programme Structure

Mandatory courses for PhD students enrolled at Graduate School, Arts:

  • PhD supervision for PhD students at Arts
  • University teaching for PhD students
  • Integrity and Ethics

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

If you wish to enroll in the PhD degree programme at the Graduate School, Arts, you should pay attention to the following:

  • If you apply for a scholarship from the Faculty of Arts, you apply both for scholarship and enrolment at the Graduate School at once. You can only apply for scholarships when they are announced.
  • If you are already holding a scholarship from another partner, or if your PhD project has some other kind of funding, you only have to apply for enrolment at the Graduate School. You can apply for enrolment with your own funding all year.
  • The project description is the main part of the application. This is where you present your own idea for the PhD project you propose to undertake.

Tuition Fee

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    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 36 months.

Living costs for Aarhus

6639 - 10051 DKK /month
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