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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
  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
HUMANITIES 163 164 136 118 98
SOCIAL SCIENCES 149 137 121 109 100
MEDICINE 155 172 166 178 200
TECH 297 258 230 181 174
ENGINEERING 303 296 279 264 267
TOTAL 1.067 1.027 932 850 838

Phd STUDENT INTAKE

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
HUMANITIES 51 31 12 26 20
SOCIAL SCIENCES 39 18 22 31 26
MEDICINE 56 47 43 61 70
TECH 73 48 45 41 60
ENGINEERING 73 79 82 79 81
TOTAL 292 223 204 238 257

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.

 
  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
HUMANITIES 15 20 24 28 31
SOCIAL SCIENCES 23 19 22 33 19
MEDICINE 21 20 38 45 40
TECH 57 62 55 71 55
ENGINEERING 64 77 77 79 70
TOTAL 180 198 216 266 215

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.

 
  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
HUMANITIES 910 935 1.035 975 841
SOCIAL SCIENCES 662 684 676 695 644
MEDICINE 1.454 1.662 1.749 1.818 1.790
ENGINEERING 1.401 1.482 1.611 1.587 1.708
TECH 1.166 1.097 1.064 967 962
TOTAL 5.593 5.860 6.135 6.042 5.945

Updated: 07.05.2018

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.

 
  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
REPORTED INVENTIONS 69 81 90 68 71
SOLD AND LICENSED INVENTIONS 40 53 77 41 42
SPIN-OUT COMPANIES 5 2 1 1 1
PATENT APPLICATIONS 6 7 12 14 16

Contact

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