Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme

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


The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme started in 2016. It is designed to introduce students to a range of world-class research within biomedicine and biotechnology, and equip them with exceptional skills for their future careers. The four-year PhD programme is a unique new concept for PhD education in Denmark, with students recruited initially to the PhD programme rather than individual labs. The first (pre-doc) year incorporates common courses and short rotation projects to optimize student-supervisor matching and encourage interdisciplinary research ideas. Students select a lab for their longterm project partway through the pre-doc year, and work on their PhD project during years 2-4 (the PhD years). Throughout the four years, the PhD programme supports the building of researcher networks, development and successful execution of PhD project plans, and acquisition of a broad base of knowledge and expertise.

The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme is an exciting collaboration between the four Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers at the Technical University of Denmark and the University of Copenhagen: Center for Protein Research (CPR), Center for Stem Cell Medicine (reNEW), Center for Biosustainability (CFB) and Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR). The Educational Committee members are Group Leaders from all four Centers, who plan the curriculum and steer the vision and content of the PhD programme. The Programme Coordinator and Educational Committee are available to address any questions or concerns from Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme students.

Educational Steering Committee:

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L-R: Educational committee: Jakob Nilsson, CPR; Josh Brickman, reNEW (Chair); Manimozhiyan Arumugam, CBMR; Morten Nørholm, CFB.

Previous committee members (not pictured): Torben Hansen (CBMR), Jeremy Daniel (CPR).