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Aarhus University

4.5 out of 5 (159 ratings / 74 reviews) Aarhus, Denmark
Aarhus University (AU) is a top ten university among universities founded within the past 100 years. It has a long tradition of partnerships with some of the world's best research institutions and university networks.

PhD Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (7)
Engineering & Technology (4)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Education & Training (2)
Medicine & Health (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



The university was founded in 1928 and today it has several world class research fields. AU has a strong commitment to the development of society that is realised through its collaboration with government agencies and institutions and the business community. The university’s goal is to contribute towards solving the complex global challenges facing the world. 


The university therefore strives to combine the high level of academic standards of its researchers with collaboration across disciplinary boundaries to combine research in new ways.

This takes place in close contact with the world around us and creates the basis for the university to be internationally competitive within the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange.

The study programmes at AU are based on and integrated with the research activities. They are developed in a close collaboration between employers, academic staff and students. Aarhus University's most important contribution to society are its graduates.


  • Research at Aarhus University is partly organised in departments distributed among four main academic areas, and partly in basic research centres.
  • Aarhus University also comprises a number of interdisciplinary centres.
  • Two researchers from the university have received the Nobel Prize, firstly in Chemistry (1997), and subsequently in economics (2010) respectively. Several highly coveted research awards and grants have also gone to a large number of researchers at Aarhus University. 
  • There are more than 6,000 researchers (4,300 full-time equivalents) at the university, including approximately 2,000 PhD students.


AU Career PhD offers career services for PhD students from all 4 main areas and on all stages during their studies.

Our main services are:

  • Individual career counselling.
  • Workshops and Seminars
  • Presentations and workshops for departments, PhD associations, PhD journal clubs etc .
  • Mentor programme.

The service is for you who want to know more about career options outside of the university, and focus is on your possibilities in both the private and the public sector. You are offered career advice on competences, CV and cover letter writing, do’s and don’ts at job interviews and much more in order to make the transition from university to your next job as smooth as possible.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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109 -11
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
141 -22
119 -2
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
106 -11
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

The International Academic Staff (IAS) website is a place where you can get information about practical and administrative matters arising in connection with your studies and work at Aarhus University and your residence in Denmark.

In addition to the International Academic Staff website and help desk in Aarhus, it is possible to receive guidance by visiting our help desks at campus Foulum and campus Roskilde. These help desks can assist PhD students in Roskilde and Foulum in all practical matters relating to their stay in Denmark.

Other Facilities:

  • Café
  • Canteen
  • Coffee machines
  • Defibrillator
  • Dictaphones
  • Earplugs
  • Extension cord
  • Group room
  • Kitchen
  • Lockers
  • Massage chair
  • Newspapers
  • Quiet reading rooms
  • Refrigerator
  • Study areas

Housing services

AU Housing helps international students, PhD-students and staff with finding accommodation in relation with enrollment or employment at AU.

AU Housing has access to about 900 rooms/flats in Aarhus, Herning and Emdrup. Apart from single rooms with/without private bathroom at dormitories and rooms in shared facility houses, the housing office runs the IC Dormitory - a PhD dormitory at campus, allocates rooms at the Teknolog and Vennelyst Dormitories and conveys all types of accommodation to sublet via the Housing Site.

In Aarhus residences are NOT located at campus. Most Danish students bike, but you can of course also walk or take the bus.

Library services

  • 24/7 access
  • Book scanner
  • Book stands
  • Quiet reading rooms
  • Semester shelves
  • Thesis study carrels

ICT services

You can access the wireless network from all service locations at AU.

  • USB stick
  • Whiteboard
  • WIFI
  • Photocopier
  • PlayStation
  • Printers
  • Projector
  • Workstations
  • Colour printers
  • Headset
  • Scanner
  • Large screens

Medical services

  • Aarhus University does not hold an insurance policy that covers students who are injured on university premises. For this reason, it is recommended that all students take out private full-time liability and accident insurance.
  • The university collaborates with the Central Denmark Region on Aarhus University Hospital and the associated healthcare system.

Student Life

Campus life

  • The largest campus is centrally located in Aarhus. On campus, you really feel like you are a student at the university as a whole, as the distances between the different departments are very short. The compact campus fosters a unique and dynamic study environment, which enhances both the academic environments and the social lives of students.
  • The campus in Copenhagen is located in the northern part of the city in Emdrup. Here the campus is home to a wide range of degree programmes within the fields of pedagogics, learning and didactics.
  • The Herning campus is located in Birk Centerpark, where you will find education, art and business life in one location.

Sports facilities

Aarhus University has its own sports club, Aarhus Universitets-Sport (Aarhus University Sport). The club is an umbrella organisation with 18 independent clubs offering a wide range of different sports - from e.g. football, handball, gymnastics, and rowing to bridge, kenikan, fenching, and chess.

The Exercise Centre at Aarhus University (for AU-employees only) offers a wide variety of modern equipment for weight and fitness training, a sauna, scales and bathing and changing facilities.

Before you start your training it is advisable to receive guidance from an instructor or a physiotherapist and get a trial lesson.


AU has the exclusive ECTS accreditation and the School of Business and Social Sciences (Aarhus BSS) holds the distinguished international AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditation (Triple Crown).