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Research at Aalborg University

Number of PhD students

PhD education is research training and advanced studies following a Master’s degree. Aalborg University offers PhD education within four different fields under four faculties.

A PhD programme comprises three years of full-time study and must be based on a Master’s degree. Within the tree years, sufficient time must be set aside for individual research work and preparation of the thesis. Furthermore, students must gain experience with teaching activities or other types of knowledge dissemination.

When the thesis has been submitted, an assessment committee will be appointed, and they will give their recommendation after the public defence. The PhD degree is awarded to scholars who have satisfactorily completed their research training and submitted a thesis.

The tables below illustrate the total number of PhD students and the total PhD student intake for each faculty. The numbers are calculated each year on 31 December.

Number of phd students
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
HUMANITIES 137 163 164 136 118
SOCIAL SCIENCES 134 149 137 121 109
MEDICINE 122 155 172 166 178
TECH 304 297 258 230 181
ENGINEERING 309 303 296 279 264
TOTAL 1.006 1.067 1.027 932 850

Phd STUDENT INTAKE

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
HUMANITIES 33 51 31 12 26
SOCIAL SCIENCES 50 39 18 22 31
MEDICINE 51 56 47 43 61
TECH 84 73 48 45 41
ENGINEERING 92 73 79 82 79
TOTAL 310 292 223 204 238

PhD degrees

The table below shows the number of PhD degrees awarded at each faculty. The number is calculated on the basis of the entire calendar year.

 
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
HUMANITIES 18 15 20 24 28
SOCIAL SCIENCES 12 23 19 22 33
MEDICINE 11 21 20 38 45
TECH 56 57 62 55 71
ENGINEERING 66 64 77 77 79
TOTAL 163 180 198 216 266

Research publications

The number of research publications is a key figure representing the production of the University. You may study the University’s many publications at the AAU research portal.

 
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
HUMANITIES 804 891 932 996 914
SOCIAL SCIENCES 707 739 706 733 737
MEDICINE 494 1.069 1.148 1.376 1.361
ENGINEERING 1.377 1.527 1.590 1.705 1.556
TECH 1.177 1.260 1.170 1.174 1.035
TOTAL 4.559 5.486 5.546 5.984 5.603

Updated: 01.05.2017

Activities

Aalborg University’s knowledge exchange and cooperation with the surrounding world may be found in the national statistics on the commercialisation of research results published by the The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation since 2005.

Each year, researchers at Aalborg University generate world class inventions and research results with great commercial potential on the basis of research undertaken at the University and research collaborations with companies and other research institutions.

The focus of the Technology Transfer Office is the transfer of new technologies to the business community according to the Act on inventions at public research institutions, applying to inventions made after 2000.

Each year, the Technology Transfer Office receives a number of reports on new inventions, and a large part of these turn into commercial technology transfers.

 
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
REPORTED INVENTIONS 52 69 81 90 68
SOLD AND LICENSED INVENTIONS 27 40 53 77 41
SPIN-OUT COMPANIES 1 5 2 1 1
PATENT APPLICATIONS 13 6 7 12 14

Contact

AAU's Finance Management Unit
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9220 Aalborg East
Tel.: (45) 9940 3957 
E-mail: hban@adm.aau.dk