Industrial PhD

An Industrial PhD is a three-year business-oriented PhD project in which the student is employed in a company and at the same time enrolled at DTU. It typically goes like this:


  • A candidate with a master’s degree agrees with a company and DTU to make a project. DTU can help you find a suitable company.


  • The candidate, the company and DTU agree on a project and formulate an application that meets a number of different requirements.


  • Once the application is approved, the project can start. The student must distribute his time equally between DTU and the company.


  • During the three years, the student must complete PhD courses corresponding to 30 ECTS credits.


  • The study ends with the student submitting his / her PhD thesis at DTU. The PhD defense takes place after the assessment committee’s submission of the preliminary recommendation and no later than 3 months after the submission of the PhD dissertation.


Companies can apply for grants through the Industrial PhD scheme.