Basic and Clinical Research in Musculoskeletal Sciences (MUSKOS) – University of Copenhagen

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About the programme

Basic and Clinical Research in Musculoskeletal Sciences (MUSKOS)

The programme seeks the highest possible quality and international collaboration in research and education for PhD students within the areas of muscle metabolism and inflammation, muscle morphology and connective tissue (bone, cartilage, tendon, ligament).

A goal is to unite basic and clinical efforts to understand the role of tissue responses and adaptation including skeletal muscle and connective tissues in relation to physical activity, disease, aging and regeneration.

For PhD students with up-coming, on-going or close-to completed projects

If your upcoming PhD project deals with understanding skeletal muscle with regard to metabolism, inflammation, morphology, adaptation and/or function, or if it focuses on biomedical questions with regard to connective tissue (e.g. bone, cartilage, tendon, ligament) this research programme may be relevant for you

This includes clinical specialities related to the musculo-skeletal system (e.g. orthopaedic surgery, rheumatology and radiology).

We welcome PhD students from both basic science and from more clinically oriented backgrounds as we seek to unite these areas. Finally the research programme will be relevant for you if you focus on the use of skeletal muscle (exercise training) in relation to other body organs, health, disease-prevention or to chronic disease patient groups.

If you are an on-going PhD student belonging to this programme you may want to find assessment sheets for you regular assessment or get information about guest seminars and PhD defences of others.

If you are close-to-completing your PhD study and about to submit your thesis, you may want to take advantage of the many senior members of the postgraduate research programme in order to recruit heads for evaluation committee, or need guidelines and relevant documents for submission and preparation of your your thesis defence.


The research programme aims to host several activities for PhD students within the musculo-skeletal area, including PhD courses that involve international speakers and will be provided throughout the year. Further, the programme hosts an annual 2-day symposium in December where PhD students can present their data and on-going studies, and meet with other PhD students, senior researchers and international speakers across disciplines.