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Application and admission to the PhD programme in natural sciences

You must submit your application to the department you will take the PhD at.

When you are granted admission to the PhD programme, you will also receive admission to the PhD courses offered at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

If you want to take courses at a lower level outside the educational component, you must apply for admission to individual courses and pay the semester fee as an ordinary student.

Admission criteria

The following criteria apply to admission to the PhD programme in natural sciences:

  • Master's degree or the equivalent
  • completed foreign degree (MSc level) corresponding to at least four years in the Norwegian university system
  • the average grade for the Bachelors' degree must not be lower than a C
  • the average grade for Master's-level courses must not be lower than a B
  • the Master's dissertation must have grade B or higher

If you do not meet these grades criteria, the supervisor and the unit must argue in your favour. The unit must emphasize the supervisor's documented ability to help PhD candidates complete the programme. Information may also be provided as to how the unit will follow up the PhD candidate, and thus guarantee completion.

If the academic community or the faculty find that you lack the necessary knowledge in the field, additional requirements may be imposed on you in addition to those that are compulsory for the PhD programme.

Competence in English

Good English skills are required for all participants on a PhD programme. International students must document this before appointment by taking one of the following tests with the results indicated or better:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet based test (IBT). Minimum total score: 90
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing Service. Minimum overall band score: 6.5
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) and Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) from the University of Cambridge
  • PTE Academic – Pearson Test of English Academic. Minimum overall score: 62.

The following applicants are exempt from the above-mentioned requirements:

  • applicants from EU/EEA countries
  • applicants who have completed one year of university studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA
  • applicants with an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
  • applicants who have completed a Bachelor's and/or a Master's degree with English as the language of instruction in one of the Nordic countries or the Netherlands


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Published Feb. 9, 2021 9:17 AM - Last modified Feb. 23, 2021 1:56 PM