Admission to the PhD programme

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To be admitted as a PhD student, an applicant must have satisfactory results from one of the following exams: 

  1. A Danish Master’s degree in engineering. (Corresponding to an MSc in Engineering)
  2. A Master’s degree (based on two years of master’s studies equivalent to 120 ECTS points) from a Danish, long-cycle higher educational programme which, in the estimation of the relevant PhD school, gives the applicant the qualifications necessary to complete the course of study in question. An individual evaluation will always be made in relation to the planned PhD study programme.
  3. A degree from abroad which, in the estimation of the head of the PhD school, is equivalent to one of the degrees/examinations mentioned above in 1) and 2). Admission may also depend upon submission to tests which are further determined by the head of the PhD school.
  4. Or, if the head of the PhD school concludes that the applicant in some other way has acquired the necessary academic qualifications, which may require documentation by means of special tests.  

If you already have a PhD degree, you are not eligible for advertised PhD positions. Instead you may apply as a non-employed, privately funded PhD student, if you find a supervisor at DTU.
Grade average
In order to obtain academic approval, a student must have an MSc grade point average of at least 8 (7-point grading scale) in addition to having received a high grade on the master's thesis (10 or 12). DTU does not admit PhD students with a grade point average below 6 (7-point grading scale). If the student’s grade point average is between 6 and 8, aptitude for research must be demonstrated, e.g. through publication of scientific papers.
Applicants, who wish to obtain academic approval based on a grade point average on the Danish 13-point grading scale, must calculate their grade point average by using the spread sheet 'Danish weighted average" to the right and then converting the result to the corresponding average on the 7-point grading scale by using the table, which is found by following the link 'Conversion from the 13-point grading scale' on the right.

Admission of international students to the PhD programme
The examinations of international students are evaluated on the basis of information as to the length and content of their studies. Such examinations must at least be at a level equivalent to a Danish examination qualifying the holder for direct admission. The evaluation of the level of an applicant may take place using tests conducted by the potential PhD school and approved by the head of the PhD school.
The PhD school and PhD committees request that foreign grades are translated into the 7 grade scale. On the right you can find a link to an Excel sheet for calculating the weighted average. The sheet must be enclosed with the application.

An official translation of the foreign MSc diploma must be submitted together with the application.

We recommend that if possible, applicants include a statement from their home university regarding their relative ranking (e.g. what percentage of the student population of their year they belong to, e.g. top 5%, or 10th place out of 250).
Transfer of credit and work experience
If an applicant has at least two years’ work experience from DTU or another research institution/company, this person may receive a transfer of up to six months of academic credit, although the applicant was not enrolled as a PhD student. In such a case the student will be enrolled for two and a half years.
Other rules regarding academic approval, study plans, funding plans, etc. remain in effect.
In addition to this, transfer of academic credit is only granted for periods when the applicant has been enrolled as a PhD student at another relevant institution.
Transfer of academic credit is approved by the relevant PhD committee. The application is processed together with the application for admission to DTU.
In certain cases a credit transfer may be granted for courses if these are not a part of another degree and if they have been completed before the beginning of the PhD programme. You can apply for a transfer of credit for these courses when you submit the study plan.