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New classification of Danish academic ranks and titles adopted

On 1 January 2020, a new classification of academic ranks and titles at Danish universities came into force after a consultation process. Read about the most important changes from the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education here.

2020.01.17 | Signe Opstrup


The classification of Danish academic ranks and titles at Danish universities has been revised in a new ministerial order. The most important changes are as follows:

  • The position of professor with special responsibilities (MSO) will be phased out
    The position ‘professor with special responsibilities (MSO)’ will be phased out; no more professor MSO titles will be awarded. Personnel currently employed as professor MSO will retain this title and employment conditions until the end of their term as professor MSO.

  • Dual university career track structure retained
    The two academic career tracks in the classification are retained: assistant professor-associate professor-professor and researcher-senior researcher-professor. Teaching duties are associated with all of these positions, the ministry emphasises.

  • Teaching portfolio and the university teacher training course made mandatory
    All applicants to positions at and above associate professor/senior researcher level will now be required to submit a teaching portfolio or the equivalent to document their teaching qualifications. In addition, all assistant professors, researchers and teaching assistant professors will now be required to compete a university teacher training course (pædagogikum).

  • Promotion programme for mid-career academic staff
    The ministerial order gives universities the option to introduce ‘promotion programmes’ offering a clearer path to promotion from associate professor/senior researcher positions to a professorship. Such programmes may be offered to retain and/or recruit particularly outstanding associate professors/senior researchers. 

Implementation process

Aarhus University will now begin the process of implementing the new classification of ranks and titles.

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