AU sets up joint PhD degree programme with Queen’s University in Belfast

A new agreement between the graduate school at the Faculty of Arts and The Queen’s University of Belfast gives students the chance to take a joint PhD degree in the Cognitive Science of Religion from both universities.

2014.10.08 | Ulrik Albert Vosgerau

In future, able students who are interested in the cognitive science of religion can gain a PhD degree certificate which is signed by both Aarhus University and The Queen’s University of Belfast. The idea for the joint PhD degree programme arose at the Institute of Cognition and Culture in Belfast and the Religion, Cognition and Culture research unit in Aarhus.

 

“We’ve been collaborating with our colleagues in Belfast for some time now. And the idea of launching a joint PhD degree programme was given almost immediate support when it arose in 2012,” explains professor Armin Geertz from the Religion, Cognition and Culture research unit, who has helped to develop the programme.

Benefiting the students and the research environment
The normal duration of the PhD degree programme in the cognitive science of religion is three years. Students will spend the first and last semesters at the university to which they were admitted. But the agreement also states that students must spend at least six months at the partner university in the course of the programme. This will improve their opportunities for forming networks at both universities.

 

“A joint PhD degree is a good way for students to start a research career because it automatically creates a large research network. But this stronger network will also be an advantage for colleagues working at the two research environments in future, helping them to join forces in new research projects,” says Geertz.

 

Facts
The joint PhD degree is part of a larger framework agreement for collaboration between Aarhus University and The Queen’s University of Belfast.

 

One feature of the agreement is that each partner university will be setting up two PhD fellowships, with one fellowship being offered each year for four years. The first fellowship has now been advertised at The Queen’s University of Belfast.

Contact
Professor Armin W. Geertz
Email: awg@cas.au.dk
Telephone: (+45) 87162473

Talent development, Interdisciplinær religionsforskning, Religionsvidenskab