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Admission to PhD programmes

Before you can apply for admission to one of the PhD programmes at the University of Stavanger, certain requirements must be fulfilled.

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Admission to programmes

Before you can apply for admission to one of the PhD programmes at the University of Stavanger, certain requirements must be fulfilled.

In order to be admitted to one of our PhD programmes, you need to secure your funding in advance or apply for this along with the application for admission. 

The most common source of funding is research fellow positions at UiS. These are advertised under Vacant positions on this web site. 

You may also apply for scholarships from external sources of funding, such as the Research Council of Norway or relevant commercial or industry companies.

Requirements

You also need to fulfil the set requirements for previous education (in order to be admitted to a PhD programme applicants typically need to have a five year Master’s degree with an average grade weighted at B or better).

Applicants must also write a good project description that falls within the subject area of one of our programmes.

Only applications signed by the applicant’s main supervisor will be considered in full. Applicants who have not found a supervisor at the time of application, but fulfil the remaining requirements for admission, may submit their application form as a preliminary application.

Continous admission

If your project description falls within the subject area of one of our programmes, the research training secretariat will be happy to put you in contact with a relevant supervisor.

Applications without enclosed project description, certified documentation of previous relevant studies or a complete plan for funding, will normally be rejected.

There is no deadline for applications to the doctoral programmes. Applicants are admitted continuously.

Application guidelines

Applicants for PhD programmes at the University of Stavanger must fill out the application form and submit this to the research training secretariat. Properly completed applications are considered by the PhD committee at the relevant faculty.

Personal information

Fill out the relevant fields.              

PhD programme that you are applying for

Name of PhD programme and the faculty for which you are applying admission.                  

Academic background

Name of degree which forms the basis for admission to the PhD programme (certified copies of approved documentation for the degree must be enclosed).

Plans for the PhD study

This part of the application should be written in collaboration with a supervisor from the relevant academic environment at UiS. Applicants who are not already in contact with a potential supervisor must fill in all the available information and complete the remaining items after a supervisor has been appointed. The application will not be considered in full until a supervisor is in place and has signed the completed application.

Planned starting date for studies

Starting date for funding period

Planned finishing date for studies

Estimated finishing date = standardized time + any known postponements/delays (e.g. due to work duties, applicants only being able to work part time on their thesis, stays abroad beyond those that enter into the PhD work, etc.)

Thesis working title

Preliminary title of thesis

Description of research project

Applicants must write a short, popularized description of the research project to be used for information purposes by the university. In addition they must provide a complete project description that forms the basis for evaluation for admission. This description should normally be written in collaboration with the main supervisor and must contain a description of the theme, problem and choice of theory and method. If the candidate chooses to submit a preliminary outline for the project description, a complete project description must be submitted within six months after admission.

Instruction component

The PhD studies at the University of Stavanger include an instruction component amounting to 30-45 credits. The instruction component consists of modules of philosophy of science, ethics and research methods, as well as thematic courses that support the subject of the thesis. Some of the courses are compulsory, others are elective. This varies from programme to programme (cf. description of instruction component for the relevant programme). The instruction component should be discussed with the supervisor before it is determined.

Plan for publication

Applicants are free to suggest a plan for publication/dissemination of results, but the final plan should be set up in collaboration with the supervisor.

Stays abroad

PhD candidates at the University of Stavanger are normally expected to spend at least three months of their PhD studies at an acknowledged education establishment or research institution outside Norway, where they have an opportunity to work on the themes and problems in their thesis. The right to include stays abroad is determined in the PhD regulations at UiS, and the university has a separate funding programme for mobility.

Applicants are free to suggest desired periods and locations abroad. Such stays must, however, be approved by the supervisor.

Supervisor

Applicants may suggest main supervisors or co-supervisors or give an account of agreements with potential supervisors.

Workspace

Please state where the applicant plans to carry out his/her daily work during the study period.

Funding plan

The applicant must account for the funding for the entire period. Funding sources are those that grant scholarships, disburse salaries or provide funding for research time. Documentation of funding must be enclosed.

Large research projects

If the PhD work is part of a larger research project, please state the name of this project.

Copyright restrictions

Please give an account of copyright restrictions that apply, if any, to protect the rights of others.

List of enclosures

All enclosures must be included for the application to be considered.

Signatures

The application must be signed by the main supervisor. If a supervisor has been appointed prior to the application process, the application must be signed before it is submitted. If no supervisor has been appointed prior to the application process, the main supervisor must sign the final application before it is considered by the PhD committee. The relevant department (and external employer, if any) must certify that workspace and necessary infrastructure is provided for.

If the application is successful, the candidate will receive a letter of admission, the regulations for the PhD degree and an agreement of admission to the research training programme. Agreements A, B and possibly C are to be filled out and returned to the PhD committee.