An Industrial PhD project is a three-year industrially focused PhD project where the student is hired by a company and enrolled at a university at the same time.
An Industrial PhD project is an industrially focused PhD education. The research project is conducted in cooperation between a private company, an Industrial PhD student and a university. Third parties from both the public and private sector can be attached.
The Industrial PhD student is employed by a private company. The company applies for subsidy from the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation. The student is employed by the company and paid a salary during the entire Industrial PhD education. The student divides his or her working hours equally between the university and the company over the three-year course of the project.
Universities and students of all nationalities may be accepted. If the education is conducted at a non-Danish university, a Danish university must be attached to the project as a third party.
The business course
A mandatory part of the Industrial PhD education is the special business course offered by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation. The course concludes with a business report, which must be about the commercial aspects of the Industrial PhD project in a theoretical and company-relevant context. For Industrial PhD projects in the public sector, the business report must be about the institutional benefits of the project.
The Industrial PhD Programme is authorised by the Act on Technology and Innovation. Other relevant legislation is the Executive order on PhD education, the Act on Employee Inventions and the Act on Inventions at Public Research Institutions.