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Guidelines for Initial Proposal/Description of Ph.D.-project

Guidelines for Initial Proposal/Description of Ph.D.-project

How to Apply

Admission to the doctoral programme requires a MA in music therapy (or equivalent). For applicants who do not have Danish or English as a first language, an English language test is required. Read more about admission requirements.

You can apply to be enrolled as a self-financed independent PhD student (please contact the faculty office for information about enrolment costs, hum-phd@adm.aau.dk) or for a tuition fee scholarship.

A few tuition fee scholarships are offered each year. With a scholarship you will have basic research expenses paid (supervision, travels, courses, etc.,) but no salary, and also no teaching obligations in Aalborg.

Doctoral students are required to document clinical expertise within a specific field, and therefore also to be able to formulate and structure a focused research application to the doctoral programme. The prospective students therefore writes a project description with research questions, theoretical basis and initial proposal for method. See requirements for the initial proposal below.

Deadline for applications are March 1st and September 1st each year. The initial proposals are reviewed by the board, and if relevant also by the advisory board, before they are evaluated by the Doctoral School at the Faculty of Humanities. Specialist advisors can be consulted in the case of project proposals outside the area of specialism of the advisory board members. The evaluation process can take several months.

An application to the Doctoral Programme in Music Therapy must contain:

1) PhD application form
2) A project description of maximum 10 pages in English language including an explanation of the origin of the study proposed as well as including:

  • a precise summary of the research questions
  • an elaboration of the topic including a reasonable literature review and theoretical basis
  • an initial proposal for the method
  • a full list of references (APA style)
  • a timetable for the project

3) An extensive C.V. on education background, clinical practice, research experience, research courses attended, conference attendance
4) A list of publications
5) A suggestion for research budget not exceeding 70,000 DKK for all three years for scholarship students (covering e.g. travel, accommodation and fees related to conferences and seminars).
6) Copies of 2-3 articles published by the applicant and abstract of Master’s thesis