The PhD School

The PhD programme is organised by KADK’s PhD School. The PhD School is led by the Director of the PhD School (appointed by the Rector), who is responsible for the programme, assisted by a PhD Committee (set up by the Rector), on which academic staff (lecturers / professors / senior researchers) and PhD students are equally represented.

 Purpose, structure and organisation
The programme is subject to the provisions in PhD Order no. 1039 of 27 August 2013, which entered into effect on 1 September 2013. The PhD School's internal guidelines expand on the PhD Order's provisions.

The PhD programme is a research programme that qualifies PhD students at an international level to undertake independent research, development and teaching assignments in the private and public sectors, for which a broad knowledge of research is a prerequisite. The PhD programme is completed primarily through research under supervision.

This means that the PhD student through his/her training reaches the front of international research, and through the project course achieves research results that can be published in international research journals of the highest standard.

At KADK, one central PhD School has been established, which is headed by the director of the PhD School, who is assisted by the PhD Committee, on which the scientific staff and the PhD students are represented equally. A secretariat​ (the Research Administration) is attached to the PhD School, which supports the director of the PhD School and the PhD Committee in the quality assurance work and the development of the PhD programme. 

PhD students and supervisors
Every PhD student who is enrolled at KADK will be affiliated with an institute. Normally, the PhD student will be affiliated with the principal supervisor's institute. 

The PhD programme involves: 

  • Supervision​​ (240 hours)
  • PhD plan​
  • Semi-annual evaluations
  • Courses (30 ETCS)
  • Change of environment
  • Knowledge dissemination
  • Evaluation seminar

The PhD programme concludes with the submission, assessment and defence of the PhD thesis. The thesis must document the PhD student's or the author's ability to apply relevant scientific methods and to carry out research work meeting the international standards for PhD degrees within the subject area, cf. Section 11 of the PhD Order.

Research programmes

The PhD School offers PhD education in the following three research programmes:

  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Conservation