During this period the PhD student must attend courses, acquire teaching experience and participate in research environments at other universities in accordance with section 7, subsection 2 of the Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities.
The most important aspect of the PhD course of studies is the preparation of a written thesis (typically approximately 150 to not more than 300 pages in length) that forms the basis of the award of a PhD degree after an oral public defence.
Admission takes place on an individual basis. In addition to proof of their academic credentials, applicants will be expected to provide a fully developed proposal for their chosen subject
All subjects within the discipline of jurisprudence can be considered. However the Faculty will give priority to applications within the research areas of the Faculty's research centres.
Most PhD courses are conducted in Danish, and it is a precondition for enrolling in the PhD courses that the PhD student is willing to learn Danish or English.
The Faculty of Law has established a co-operation with the Faculty of Law at the University of Iceland about a PhD programme. The university is ranked among the 300 best universities in the world according to The Times Higher Education and is a progressive educational and scientific institution. The co-operation means that you can complete the three-year PhD programme in close co-operation between the universities and followinga positive evaluation you will be awarded a joint PhD degree from two universities.
At the Faculty of Law the tuition fee is about DKK 70,000 (USD 12,000) per year and further DKK 36,000 if an office is needed. The Faculty of Law decides which applicants to enrol as PhD fellows. If you are awarded a PhD scholarship the tuition fee will be fully covered.
The PhD school holds an introductory meeting twice a year, which provides information about the PhD programme and the facilities at the faculty. The PhD school also ensures that the newly enrolled PhD student is introduced to the PhD administration and the Library of the Faculty of Law. The head of the PhD school also offers all newly enrolled PhD students an introductory interview.
The PhD student shall complete a basic educational course as soon as possible after enrolment, unless the student in question has already undergone such a course or a similar course. The basic educational course is allocated 2 ECTS points, and forms part of the PhD student’s course commitments. The basic course is conducted by the faculty.
The PhD student may sign up for the generic courses offered by the different PhD Schools at the University of Copenhagen. Further information about generic courses can be found at the web pages for each PhD School.
The PhD student file an application to the Vice-Head of the PhD Programme for allocating ECTS for other courses and conferences. External courses etc. and core conferences can be accredited with a maximum of 10 ECTS. As a starting point, the PhD committee will use the guidelines laid down by JurForsk as the basis for allocating ECTS.
The PhD school holds a study circle several times each semester. The purpose of the study circle is:
The PhD students will each present their project at one of the meetings of the PhD study group during the first year of PhD study. The date of the presentation must be specified in the PhD curriculum and the presentation referred to in the half-yearly report.
Giving 1 presentation and attending at least 2 additional study group meetings gives 2 ECTS points. Presentation at one meeting and participation in at least 5 additional study group meetings gives 5 ECTS points.
No work experience is required.
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