Typically, as a condition of employment, PhD students employed at Aarhus University (5+3) are obligated to deliver what corresponds to 840 working hours at the department during their PhD study according to the official PhD regulations. PhD students enrolled in 3+5 or 4+4 programmes are obligated to deliver 280 working hours per year at the department during part B of their study programme. However, all PhD students employed at GSTS are automatically granted one semester’s (140 hours) exemption from the obligatory hours with no reduction in pay.
Please notice that if you end up with more than the maximum stated number of hours, this will not grant you any additional pay aside from your PhD salary.
PhD students that are enrolled but not employed at Aarhus University are not obligated to deliver 840 hours, but they must still meet the dissemination requirement that is a mandatory part of the PhD programme. See the corresponding state on web page of the Ministry of Research and Education (link).
In order to ensure a fair distribution of teaching assignments for PhD students, and that the PhD students get a broad exposure to different kinds of dissemination-related tasks, the following principles will be implemented for the PhD students enrolled under engineering:
In general, dissemination can be viewed as different activities meant to communicate different disciplinary material to stakeholders at different levels of experience. The activities that can be included under dissemination are:
The number of hours spent on each type of activity needs to be balanced, and this will be determined by the members of the Department's PhD Committee. Note that a factor is used for preparation for giving lectures (factor 5) and for assisting with exercises (factor 3).
Be aware that the actual writing of articles is not considered dissemination. It is a part of the research itself.
If a PhD student is fully (or mostly) sponsored by external funds, the supervisor is allowed to use the PhD student for more activities related to the funding agency (typically a project), but the PhD student still has to have diversity in their activities.
The graduate school grants exemptions from the obligatory hours for stays abroad that overlap with teaching periods.
Industrial PhDs are exempted from obligatory hours.