PhD Programme

The PhD Programme
DTU Environment is a research-based department that is ranked among the world’s best research institutions within the field of environmental engineering and research. Current research topics include applied science, engineering, technology and management issues of environmental and resource-related challenges in national and international contexts pertaining to societal needs.
DTU Environment attracts highly qualified and motivated researchers, teachers and students from all over the world. Research is conducted by a staff consisting of 30 faculty members, approximately 15 post-doctoral fellows, frequently visiting scientists and more than 50 PhD students. A well-established laboratory infrastructure and a range of highly qualified technicians contribute to the excellent research environment.

The PhD programme is a 3 year programme designed to train researchers at an international level and interplaying with the international research world. The PhD programme is composed of a learning process where the PhD student is trained to perform research under guidance of the advisor. It is therefore important that DTU Environment advisor and the PhD candidate have met and learned to know each other before the programme begins. The language of instruction is English or Danish.

As PhD at DTU Environment you will be part of the scientific staff and with the same privileges and responsibilities as other employees. The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The salary is comparable to the salary for research assistants according to Danish employment rules.

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Who can apply for a PhD position  
National as well as international candidates may apply for the programme. We are seeking highly qualified candidates with high grades from relevant BSc and MSc programmes and a focused interest in research. Persons who have been awarded a PhD degree have the right to use the title of PhD.

Vacant PhD Positions at DTU Environment 
DTU Environment is increasing the numbers of Ph.D. students and we suggest that you frequently check the possible vacant positions and call for applications.

Click here to view all vacant positions and call for applications. Before applying for a PhD position, please make sure that the PhD position corresponds with your academic profile and qualifications. 

Research Sections
Read more about the Research Sections below. From the Section you are guided to our Research Groups constituting the backbone in our research organisation. Here you can view main research topics, current projects and staff

Graduate Schools hosted by DTU Environment
DTU Environment hosts two Graduate Schools within solid waste and urban water technology. Read further information regarding scope, Ph.D. courses, seminars and staff.

DTU Environment also participates in two Graduate Schools hosted externally:

Contact and further information at DTU Environment
Please note that contact between the potential advisor and PhD candidate is a firm prerequisite before enrollment procedure can start.
As a part of the admission procedure, an interview at DTU Environment with the Department’s Director and the Head of the PhD Programme is compulsory.
For further information, contact PhD Coordinator Charlotte Scheutz.

Contact and further information at DTU  
The DTU website includes further details and information addressed for PhD students and Guest PhD students regarding required documents, deadlines, admission, accommodation, insurance, residence – and work permits and names of contact persons.

DTU offers our international guest PhD students assistance with administrative, practical, and cultural issues before and after arrival. This includes the process for work and residence permit/EU residence document.

If you are going to visit DTU Environment for at least 14 days, please use the online guest registration form.

PhD Film

PhD Coordinator

Charlotte Scheutz
DTU Environment
+4545 25 16 07
19 AUGUST 2019