The PhD programme at DTU Physics

Modern physics, significant basic scientific challenges and application perspectives are the focus of our innovative research environment. About 80 students at 4 departments make up the PhD school at DTU Physics. Approximately half are international.

The PhD programme at DTU Physics comprises about 60 PhD students at DTU Physics and approx. 20 PhD students at DTU Nutech, DTU Danchip and DTU Cen. About half are international students. Unlike other Danish Universities DTU's organization of PhD Schools differ in the fact that it is the departments themselves which are the PhD Schools.

The PhD programme takes 3 years to complete and is specifically designed to train researchers to an international level which will allow them to interact with the international research community. 

As a PhD student, you must complete an independent scientific project that results in a written dissertation and a public defense of your PhD project. 

Through guidance you learn how to research

The PhD program is a learning process where, as a PhD student, you learn to research through supervision. You and your supervisor work together in a team to achieve the best research in the field.

The PhD programme consists of:

  • an independent scientific project
  • an education course corresponding to 30 ECTS points
  • a teaching and communication course corresponding to approx. 3 months.
  • an external study stay
  • a dissertation
  • a public defense

Ph.d. Elisa Biasin, DTU Fysik


Jane Hvolbæk Nielsen
Head of Department, Professor
DTU Physics
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