Programme structure - PhD
The organized research training consists of an educational component with courses and seminars equivalent to a minimum of 30 credits, and work on a thesis. The educational component will also provide experience with academic dissemination. The nominal period of research work associated with an academic thesis (doctoral thesis) is 2.5 years.
- The Phd programme
- Educational component
- PhD examination
- Progress report
- Midway assessment
The Phd programme
The education will qualify students for research activity and other employment in which the expected standard of scientific insight and analytical thinking is high. The PhD degree is awarded on the basis of a:
- completed educational component
- scientific thesis
- PhD examination
The PhD examination consists of a trial lecture and public defence of the thesis, also called a disputation.
The organized research training at the Faculty of Educational Sciences is set up as a single PhD programme with three programme options (Education, Special Needs Education and Subject Didactics).
As a PhD candidate, you can participate in the education offered at all departments and you can also make use of external education.
The education offered on the PhD programme may vary from semester to semester. Information about education for doctoral candidates is updated regularly. Please note that requirements regarding enrolment, active participation and awarding of credits can vary.
It is important that you familiarize yourself with the provisions regarding the organized research training at the Faculty. The PhD programme is regulated by the:
- University and University College Act
- Regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at the University of Oslo
- PhD programme plan at the Faculty of Educational Sciences
- Supplementary Rules to the Regulations for the Degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at the Faculty of Educational Sciences
- Miscellaneous rules and guidelines
The educational component is tailored to the candidate to some extent, and is intended to be built around the candidate’s needs in relation to the research.
The educational component will be the equivalent of a minimum of 30 credits, and will include a course in philosophy of science and ethics, a course in qualitative and quantitative methods, and specialization courses. The courses and seminars that are offered on the PhD programme vary from semester to semester. Some courses in e.g. philosophy of science, ethics and basic methods courses are held regularly every year, and some courses are scheduled specially, without being repeated. Information about courses is routinely updated, so it is useful to check the course pages regularly. You should also look into courses at other institutions (in Norwegian) and in other countries. If you take a course outside the Faculty of Educational Sciences, you must apply for it to be incorporated into the educational component. Familiarize yourself with the requirements regarding the educational component, and discuss your plans with your supervisors. Read more about research courses here.
The Faculty of Educational Sciences’ own candidates sign up for courses using StudentWeb. Candidates who have not been admitted to the programme at the faculty must sign up using an online form. Further details can be found in course descriptions.
Courses that form part of the educational component must not be older than two years on the admission date. Together with the work on the thesis, the educational component must provide the necessary academic breadth and specialization.
Framework of the educational component:
The compulsory elements of the educational component will not be linked to specific courses but topics. Topics are organized into groups of 10 credits x 3. This gives the following breakdown:
Philosophy of Science: 7 stp
Qualitative methodology 5 stp
Quantitative methodology 5 stp = 10 credits(sp)
Total compulsory topics/subjects = 20 credits (sp)
Further information about the educational component can be found at the dedicated information page or in the programme plan The Faculty has also compiled a web catalogue which lists courses for the autumn and spring. This catalogue is in Norwegian. Be aware that courses with English titles, will be given in English.
The thesis will be an independent, scientific work that meets international standards in terms of ethical requirements, academic level and methods. Requirements for theses are stipulated in the rules. Theses at the Faculty of Educational Sciences are normally written in Norwegian or English. Further information about the thesis.
Work on the thesis is supervised. All PhD candidates at UiO normally have two supervisors. The supervision is regulated by the admission and supervision agreement and the ethical guidelines. The admission and supervision agreement is signed by the parties involved: the candidate, supervisors, unit management and the faculty’s Pro-Dean of Research. If the candidate receives external funding, the funding body will also be a party to the agreement. Further information about supervision.
The PhD examination consists of a trial lecture and a public defence of the thesis (disputation). The trial lecture must be passed before the public defence of the thesis can be held. Further information about adjudication.
You must submit written progress reports: it is the department’s responsibility to ensure that annual reports are submitted by the candidate and supervisors. When the department has received all of the reports, a summary will be prepared and sent to the faculty. Any significant deviations from the candidate's schedule or other special matters must be specified and remarked on in the summary.
All PhD candidates at the Faculty of Educational Sciences must undergo a midway assessment. The PhD Programme Council has devised guidelines for midway assessments and the final review.