Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme

Fully-funded four year PhD programme in an international scientific environment

Student Life

For tips from current CPH Bioscience PhD students about arriving and getting settled in CPH, visit their website here. For a more general overview of the different neighbourhoods of Copenhagen, see here.



The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme helps candidates to book an apartment in central Copenhagen for the first year. The photos above (taken by our students) give an idea of the building (Sølvgade / BaseCamp) where our students usually live. Check out our Facebook page for a closer look. It can be difficult to find accommodation in Copenhagen, especially from abroad, so we highly recommend students to take this opportunity!

Life in Copenhagen and Denmark

Copenhagen is a livable, lively and international city. Almost all Danes speak fluent English, and the common language at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers is English. Numerous cultural and scientific events take place around Copenhagen every year, including the Copenhagen Bioscience Conferences (organized by the Novo Nordisk Foundation in collaboration with the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers), and Copenhagen has a thriving scientific community. For the viewpoint of one CPH Bioscience PhD student, check this thread on Twitter.

Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme Events

In addition to the curriculum, the Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme holds an annual retreat. The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme also runs a seminar series, with students inviting and hosting international speakers. Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme students are involved in the planning and organisation of these initiatives.

Life at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers

All Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme students are quickly integrated into their lab and Center. They have access to facilities and resources at both their Center and their University, in the same way as other employees or students. For questions about PhD life at the Centers, before or after starting the Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme, students can always contact the PhD coordinator at their Center. All the Centers have active student communities, for example the Student Postdoc Association (SPA) at CPR.


Tips for new arrivals from current CPH Bioscience PhD students

Accommodation at Sølvgade

Housing Foundation

International Staff Mobility (UCPH)

International Faculty Services (DTU)

Copenhagen Bioscience Conferences

Copenhagen Science City

Student Postdoc Association (SPA) at CPR