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Psychology and behavioural sciences, the programme:.
The Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences includes several academic areas: Social and personality psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, work and organisational psychology, clinical psychology and educational psychology.
The research at the Department is organised in several research groups or centres .
Research facilities available:
The Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences has ComputerLab facilities at its disposal for behavioural and psychophysiological experiments.
The Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research is part of the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences. It is possible, however, specifically to apply for a PhD scholarship at the centre through the seventh PhD programme at Aarhus BSS: the Social Science and Business Programme .
Examples of employment after graduation:
PhD graduates from the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences have found employment not only within universities and research institutions, but also within common psychological professions like clinical psychology and work and organisational psychology. A survey from 2010 showed that all former PhD graduates were employed, about half of them within institutions with research obligations.
The programme is situated at Campus Aarhus.
The programme is part of the collaboration between Danish Psychological PhD Programmes that also includes the University of Copenhagen, Aalborg University, Roskilde University, and the University of Southern Denmark. The cooperation primarily consists in the establishment of PhD courses.
Approx. number of PhD students:
Head of programme.
Dorthe Kirkegaard Thomsen
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What is a PhD programme?
A PhD is usually a 3-year (180 ECTS) academic research degree. The components of the programme are:
- Independent research under supervision
- Courses for PhD students (approximately 30 ECTS credits)
- Participation in research networks, including placements at other, primarily foreign, research institutions
- Teaching or another form of knowledge dissemination, which is related to the PhD topic when possible.
- The completion of a PhD thesis. The thesis can be a 200-page article or a collection of shorter research articles. The thesis is defended orally.
PhD programmes and courses are offered at Danish universities , which all offer excellent research, library and laboratory facilities for researchers and PhD students in addition to joint partnerships with industry.
PhD students are often encouraged to participate in research networks, including placements at overseas research institutions. A range of funding opportunities are available: Please visit the Researchers Mobility Portal for more information.
Who can apply?
As each institution in Denmark is responsible for its own admissions, requirements will vary. However, you will usually be required to have a recognised Masters degree in a relevant subject in order to be enrolled as a PhD student. Also, the applicants should also have good command of the English language.
For the students, who know that they want to pursue the researcher-path early on, the faculties have the option of starting a research degree directly after a bachelor’s. If this is the path you want to take, you can start a so-called 3+5 programme, which means starting your PhD and master's at the same time. Some faculties have a 4+4 programme where you can start your PhD after a year of master’s studies. The Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen offers these two programmes, for example. Each individual universitiy lays down its own rules regarding this type of hybrid PhD. An example of this is Aarhus University’s 4- and 5-year PhD scholarships .
What should I include in my application?
In Denmark you must apply for PhD programmes in writing via advertised projects and scholarships . Usually, you either apply for an opportunity with a pre-defined research topic, or you propose your own research ideas.
You also have to include a transcript of your grades for your bachelor’s and master’s degrees with documentation of your grades, and a CV.
How can I finance my PhD?
For students from the EU/EEA/Switzerland higher education in Denmark is free
You may be eligible for free tuition as an international student, provided you meet one of the following conditions:
- You hold a permanent residence permit
- You hold a temporary residence permit that can be upgraded to a permanent one
- You hold a residence permit as the accompanying child of a non-EU/EEA holding a residence permit based on employment
All other students pay tuition fees. The fee is 50,000 DKK per year, i.e. 150,000 DKK for three years and is not postponed during any absence from the three-year PhD programme such as maternity/paternity leave, other leaves of absence or long-term illness.
The first rate is paid at enrolment, the second rate is paid in the first quarter of the calendar year following enrolment and the third rate is paid in the first quarter of the second calendar year following enrolment.
The grant provider must guarantee for the payment of the tuition fee for all three years when applying for enrolment.
The tuition fee covers
- PhD courses included in the Graduate School’s course catalogue
- PhD courses at other Danish universities and to some extent courses from other providers in Denmark or abroad
- Expenses regarding stays at other research environments in Denmark or abroad
- Activities in the graduate programmes
- Assessments and defense of your PhD thesis
Therefore, you have to be able to finance both your degree and your living costs. You can do this in several different ways:
If you aim to conduct a research project with commercial perspectives, you can apply for an industrial PhD. You will be employed by a private sector company and at the same time enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School at a university.
As an industrial PhD student you will carry out research where results are applied in an enterprise setting. The cooperation between university and industry gives you access to new knowledge and innovation provided by the private sector company.
Application process for the industrial PhD
- Start by finding a private sector company and a university supervisor for your PhD project.
- The private sector company must send an application to Innovation Fund Denmark to apply for the industrial PhD grant on your behalf.
- If successful, you can apply for enrolment at the Graduate School.
Visit the website of Innovation Fund Denmark to learn about application deadlines, requirements and how to proceed with your application.
How much can you expect to be paid as a PhD student?
If you are funded by a faculty or a department, your salary is regulated by the Agreement between the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and the Ministry of Finance (in Danish) (AC agreement). The average monthly salary for a PhD fellow at the University of Copenhagen is 32,567 DKK. After earning their doctorate , researchers go on to a postdoc which, in Denmark , can last up to four years at the same university.
PhD students employed at a hospital:
If you are employed at a hospital your salary follows the collective agreements in place at the Danish regions. In this agreement your employment depends on the degree you hold. Medical doctors are employed according to the collective agreement of the Danish Medical Association while other candidates are employed following the AC agreement. Contact your employer for more information.
Industrial PhD students employed by a private sector company
If you are employed as an industrial PhD student, your salary follows the collective agreement in place at your company. Contact your employer for more information.
Who gets accepted?
The head of the relevant PhD school decides which applicants will be accepted and enrolled into the programme – but of course it is not entirely at his/her own discretion. The applicants are selected based on a recommendation from the academic staff members on the faculty’s PhD committee.
When can I apply?
Job banks at universities are full of postings. You can also search for a PhD course here :
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PhD studies at Aalborg University
Aalborg University (AAU) has five Doctoral Schools which are specialised within the disciplines offered by the faculties. The Doctoral Schools educate PhD fellows of a high international standard.
Specialists, phd administration.
AAU PhD handles the PhD administration at Aalborg University for the 4 PhD schools.
This includes the following tasks:
- Daily operations related to PhD students
- Advertising scholarships and processing applications
- Enrollment of PhD students
- Administration of course activities
- Awarding PhD degrees
- Managing doctoral dissertations
- Statistical reports to Statistics Denmark
- Resource management
- Secretariat for the PhD committees at the 5 PhD schools
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Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences
The Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences is part of Aarhus BSS , one of the five faculties at Aarhus University . The department carries out research and teaching within all of the important fields of psychology and contributes with research and knowledge exchange for society at large. Researchers from the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences are part of close national and international collaborations and have a strong tradition for collaborating with researchers from many different academic areas.
Bachelor’s degree programme
The programme is based on theoretical and empirical approaches to the subject. We work to develop an understanding of people as individuals, groups, organisations and in both normal and pathological states.
Master's degree programme
The programme focuses on how psychological theories and methods are applied in practice. Of course, you will learn practical skills, but the course aims to build your ability to apply psychological theories.
PhD in psychology and behavioural sciences
The PhD programme gives you a deeper understanding of psychological theories, methods and research. The programme consists of a combination of courses and independent work.
Further and continuing education
Find information about the opportunities for further and continuing education within the field of psychology and behavioural sciences. (In Danish)
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Introductory course for new phd students.
There are many things to prepare for and get acquainted with when starting the PhD programme. Therefore, we conduct a two-day introductory course for new PhD students at each semester start. Please read more about the course here: /samf-sites/fak-sites/samffak/phd-skolen/english/courses/introductory-course-for-new-phd-students/.
PhD Introduction to Teaching and Supervision
The course is arranged by the Educational Advisors and is announced on the following site: https://samf.ku.dk/pcs/english/forteachers/utc/ Please note that the course has a workload of 1 ECTS with 18 hours in class and 10 hours preparation.
Courses pertaining to the subject matter of the project
PhD students enrolled at the Faculty of Social Sciences have the opportunity to participate in PhD courses pertaining specifically to their area of interest.
Some courses are offered by the different departments:
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Economics
- Department of Political Science (in Danish)
- Department of Psychology
- Department of Sociology
Furthermore, courses are offered by the national graduate schools. There is one national graduate school relevant to each department at the Faculty.
The below links will give you information about the courses currently offered at each of the national graduate schools.
- The Danish Graduate Programme in Economics (DGPE)
- Polforsk - Politologisk Forskerskole
- The Danish Research School of Anthropology and Ethnography
- The Graduate School for "Integration, Production and Welfare"
- PhD courses in psychology
The Graduate School of Social Sciences course catalogue
You can browse the course catalogue for The Graduate School of Social Sciences in the national course base via this link: https://phdcourses.dk/?searchWord=®ionId=&phdSchoolId=26&ects=&x=25&y=9#.XbLBaeQUmUk
PhD courses in Denmark
The national portal also allows you to search for PhD courses offered by all Danish Universities: https://phdcourses.dk/
Courses arranged by other faculties at the University of Copenhagen
- PhD courses at the Faculty of Humanities
- PhD courses at the Faculty of Law
- PhD courses at the Faculty of Sciences
- Phd courses at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
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You can read about conferences, courses and ECTS on KUnet.
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Updated: February 29, 2024
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Below is a list of best universities in Denmark ranked based on their research performance in Psychology. A graph of 3.43M citations received by 129K academic papers made by 15 universities in Denmark was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.
We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.
1. University of Copenhagen
2. Aarhus University
3. University of Southern Denmark
4. Aalborg University
5. Technical University of Denmark
6. Copenhagen Business School
7. Roskilde University
8. IT University of Copenhagen
9. Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts
10. Lillebaelt Academy
11. University of Greenland
12. Aarhus School of Architecture
13. Danish National Academy of Music
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15. Danish School of Media and Journalism
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Do You Suffer From Chronic Seriousness?
Personal perspective: this common "condition" frequently emerges with adulthood..
Posted March 4, 2024 | Reviewed by Gary Drevitch
- Although it is not a psychiatric diagnosis, chronic seriousness can significantly affect your well-being.
- This condition often develops gradually as you take on more of the responsibilities of being a grown-up.
- While it can be a long-term condition, chronic seriousness is reversible with a few simple practices.
If you've been an adult for very long, there's a good chance you've experienced a condition I'll call chronic seriousness .
While this is definitely not an official diagnosis, I would still suggest that it is a serious condition. Typical symptoms I've observed include:
- an absence of fun
- difficulty smiling or laughing
- preoccupation with productivity
- abandonment of hobbies
- frequent sighing
- continual efforts at self-improvement
- feeling on edge
- heightened awareness of what could go wrong
- strict adherence to routines
- little patience for frivolity
- lack of creativity
As these symptoms make clear, chronic seriousness is no laughing matter.
Onset and Course
Chronic seriousness tends to have an insidious onset. It typically starts with being a responsible grown-up and taking care of all the things that are part of adulthood. But over time it can slowly morph into something more sinister. You may begin to fear that things will fall apart without your constant vigilance and worry.
Soon fun and play start to seem like unwelcome distractions from all the plate-spinning that keeps your life going. The only safe approach, you think, is to live as carefully and conscientiously as possible: Be good, follow the rules, stick to the schedule, get things done, plan for the future, eat right, stay on top of everything.
Eventually, you might realize that you've given up all of your hobbies—or the ones you still have are very serious affairs. Your friendships start to wither, too; the time that you spend with friends tends to be task-oriented, like going to the gym.
It's hard to watch a movie or relax with family without your mind continually flitting to your calendar or mental checklist of ongoing worries. If you have a religious or spiritual practice, it also takes on a serious tone. You might start to believe that taking everything very seriously is somehow the highest good.
When you're in the grip of chronic seriousness, everything feels like a Very Big Deal. Decisions can be agonizing because the possibility of making a mistake seems gravely consequential. With the stakes so high, even fun stuff stops being enjoyable.
There are no official estimates of its prevalence, but chronic seriousness may be especially common in midlife when competing demands on your time and energy can be overwhelming. Not surprisingly, this condition can lead to depression ; many studies have shown that doing both fun and important activities is essential for keeping your mood in a healthy range.
If you think you might be experiencing chronic seriousness, offer yourself some compassion. You're certainly not alone in your seriousness, and it's not a sign of any shortcomings on your part. And don't despair: While the condition is chronic, it doesn't have to be permanent. These steps can be helpful in recovery.
- Have a little laugh at yourself and how humorless you've become. There's something a bit comical about being so serious. Taking yourself very seriously is a key feature of chronic seriousness, so being willing to laugh at yourself is one of the best remedies.
- Gradually introduce more fun into your life. This could be a little scary at first, since fun can seem like a dangerous distraction from what you're "really" supposed to be doing. Start with one modest activity per day and work your way up from there.
- Allow yourself to "clock out" from the constant sense of duty and obligation when you're doing something enjoyable. Again, this might be uncomfortable initially, like letting go of mentally keeping the plane in the air as an airline passenger. Let your brain learn that things can be OK even without your continuous attention and concern.
- Practice a bit of judo on your chronic seriousness: Remind yourself that having fun is very important . There are few things better for your health than a seriously good laugh.
- Find activities that have no larger point or goal beyond the experience itself. They're not investments in the future or even obviously good for you. For example, sit outside and see what you notice, or doodle aimlessly for 15 minutes.
- Spend time with kids. Unless you're hanging out with Wednesday Addams, kids are almost certain to bring some lightness into your life.
- Do something unexpected: Run around your house in the middle of a downpour. Tell a dirty joke. Learn to juggle. Wear something silly. Surprise is the essence of humor , and humor has been shown to effectively treat chronic seriousness.
Stein, A. T., Carl, E., Cuijpers, P., Karyotaki, E., & Smits, J. A. (2021). Looking beyond depression: A meta-analysis of the effect of behavioral activation on depression, anxiety, and activation. Psychological Medicine , 51 , 1491-1504.
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