PhD study at the Department of Biology

The Department of Biology is among the largest Departments at the University of Copenhagen. It employs 475 academic and technical staff and hosts research programmes and teaching curricula that cover all major biological sub-disciplines. University rankings typically place the field of biology/biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen first in Denmark and among the top 30 universities internationally.

The mission of the PhD programme at the Department of Biology is to offer world-class research training and education through participation in exciting, frontier research projects.

The successful candidates will join the lively group of 150 PhD students studying at the Department of Biology and participate in the many exciting events and activities organised by the PhD student network and the Department, including the annual PhD day, the biannual BIO conference, weekly research seminars, and career fairs.

All PhD students at Department of Biology are enrolled at the PhD school of Science.


Local PhD coordinators
Anders Løbner-Olesen
Functional Genomics (FG), Bioinformatics and RNA Biology (SCARB)
Anders Primé
Microbiology (MIB), Ecology and Evolution (EE), Cell- and Neurobiology (CNB)
Henriette Pilegaard
Cell Biology and Physiology (CBP)
Niels Daugbjerg
Marine Biology (MARS), Freshwater Biology (FBS), Terrestrial Ecology (TE)

PhD secretaries
Jannike Dyrskjøt 
(Molecular Biology and Genes, Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology, Protein Sciences)
Jeannette Melsen 
(Aquatic Sciences, Ecology and Evolution, Microbiology)