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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
  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
HUMANITIES 164 136 118 98 85
SOCIAL SCIENCES 137 121 109 100 98
MEDICINE 172 166 178 200 216
TECH 258 230 181 174 169
ENGINEERING 296 279 264 267 282
TOTAL 1.027 932 850 838 850

Phd STUDENT INTAKE

  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
HUMANITIES 31 12 26 20 23
SOCIAL SCIENCES 18 22 31 26 22
MEDICINE 47 43 61 70 58
TECH 48 45 41 60 52
ENGINEERING 79 82 79 81 101
TOTAL 223 204 238 257 256

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.

 
  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
HUMANITIES 20 24 28 31 29
SOCIAL SCIENCES 19 22 33 19 23
MEDICINE 20 38 45 40 36
TECH 62 55 71 55 35
ENGINEERING 77 77 79 70 75
TOTAL 198 216 266 215 198

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.

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  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
REPORTED INVENTIONS 81 90 68 71 81
SOLD AND LICENSED INVENTIONS 53 77 41 42 34
SPIN-OUT COMPANIES 2 1 1 1 2
PATENT APPLICATIONS 7 12 14 16 11
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