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Description of procedures for admission to the PhD programme

GENERAL PROVISIONS (applicable to all PhD candidates)

  1. To be admitted to a PhD programme at the University of Oslo, the applicant must have a first degree requiring at least five years of education, i.e. a Master’s degree or an equivalent qualification approved by the faculty. Advertised vacancies may define certain specializations.
  2. Admission to a PhD programme requires the applicant to have very good grades. Normally, the applicant should have a result that places them among the top 10-15 per cent in the subject. Written works, including a Master’s thesis of a high standard, and independent design of the project outline will also be important factors in the evaluation for admission. The applicant’s progress may to some extent compensate for the grade requirement.
  3. The applicant must document possession of language skills that will enable them to follow the PhD programme.
  4. Applicants must submit an application accompanied by a CV, other application documents, any academic works and a list of such works, as well as a detailed project description (5‒10 pages).
  5. If there is any doubt about the formal qualifications of a doctoral research fellow applicant or of an external applicant to the PhD programme, the adjudication committee or the PFF may obtain an independent assessment from a member of the academic staff who has competence at the associate professor level or higher and has no relationship to the applicant. This also applies in the case of doubt regarding the feasibility and relevance of the PhD project. The faculty’s supervisory capacity and infrastructure will also be considered when making a decision regarding admission and employment.
  6. The PFF normally submits a recommendation to the ITU regarding employment of doctoral research fellows on the basis of a recommendation from an assessment committee appointed by the PFF. Decisions regarding admission to the PhD programme for candidates who are not applying for a doctoral research fellowship at the faculty are made by the PFF.

SPECIAL PROVISIONS (applicable to PhD candidates who are not employed at the University of Oslo)

  1. PhD candidates who are not applying for a doctoral research fellowship at the faculty must apply on a dedicated form. Confirmation of funding from an external source or confirmation of employment and the employment period from an employer must be provided; self-financing will not generally be approved. The funding must normally encompass at least three full-time equivalents.
  2. If the employer is an external party, the Agreement on completion of doctoral degree education in cooperation with an external party must be completed and attached to the application.
  3. A recommendation from a supervisor at the faculty, or from another supervisor at a unit of the University approved by the faculty, should be enclosed.

See also

Regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at the University of Oslo, § 5 Admissions

The Faculty’s programme description for the PhD degree, Section 4 Application and admission


These procedures are reviewed by the Programme Committee for Researcher Training (PFF) on 30 April 2013 and the Recommendations and Appointments Committee (ITU) on 26 June 2013. Amended by the ITU on 24 October 2013 and 8 December 2014.

Published Aug. 19, 2015 11:03 AM - Last modified Apr. 4, 2022 11:20 AM