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Research Year (forskningsår)

A research year is a unique opportunity for students in Medicine to become fully engaged in health research.

Research year students take a one-year leave from their studies to do a full-time research project under the supervision of experts at Aalborg University Hospital and/or Aalborg University.


  • Carry out an independent research project under highly qualified supervision
  • Possibility to participate in course activity at an advanced level (e.g. PhD courses, 5 ECTS credits)
  • Participate in conferences and seminar activities in the research area
  • Conclude the research project with an article or report and defend it


  • You will be part of an active research unit
  • You generate new knowledge
  • You learn to look critically at scientific literature
  • You begin building a scientific network that can advance your career
  • Credit for the research year and the PhD courses can be transferred equaling up to 6 months of a future PhD program (e.g. 2.5 years versus the usual 3 years). This does not hold if the material is used for other academic degrees (e.g. BSc or MSc)


Before you can be accepted for a research year the following requirements must be met:

  • You must have an accepted leave of absence from your master degree studies.
  • A study plan must be created and accepted by your study board.
  • You must apply for the leave of absence prior to your final exam on your 2nd last semester.
  • Funding must be in order before you apply

Contact Information

E-mail: aauphd@adm.aau.dk

Fibigerstræde 5

9220 Aalborg East

Phone: +45 9940 9638

Statement from a research year student

“I opted for a research year due to my fascination of innovation and knowledge sharing. The research year is an obvious choice if you wish to concentrate on a specific topic and find out if the world of research is for you. I have been very pleased with my research year and I hope to apply my project in a PhD position postgraduate.”
-Christian Bork, research year student, 9th semester. 2014