Research

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
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
HUMANITIES 118 98 85 76 64
SOCIAL SCIENCES 109 100 98 80 62
MEDICINE 178 200 216 216 215
TECH 181 174 169 194 197
ENGINEERING 264 267 282 272 283
TOTAL 850 838 850 838 821

Phd STUDENT INTAKE

  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
HUMANITIES 26 20 23 11 10
SOCIAL SCIENCES 31 26 22 13 14
MEDICINE 61 70 58 54 53
TECH 41 60 52 60 62
ENGINEERING 79 81 101 74 92
TOTAL 238 257 256 212 231

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.

 
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
HUMANITIES 28 31 29 13 17
SOCIAL SCIENCES 33 19 23 15 28
MEDICINE 45 40 36 33 53
TECH 71 55 35 35 30
ENGINEERING 79 70 75 62 72
TOTAL 266 215 198 158 200

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.

 
  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
HUMANITIES 1.040 1.031 1.022 1.074 874
SOCIAL SCIENCES 808 862 850 774 631
MEDICINE 1.179 1.243 1.314 1.288 1.342
ENGINEERING 1.734 1.747 1.840 1.919 1.918
TECH 1.266 1.242 1.181 1.123 1.010
TOTAL 6.027 6.125 6.207 6.178 5.775

Updated: 14.04.2021.

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.

 
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
REPORTED INVENTIONS 68 71 81 57 66
SOLD AND LICENSED INVENTIONS 41 42 31 54 39
SPIN-OUT COMPANIES 1 1 2 5 4
PATENT APPLICATIONS 14 16 11 8 7
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Contact

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9220 Aalborg East
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E-mail: analyse@adm.aau.dk