PhD

Application and admission - the road to MN-PhD

As a PhD candidate in Norway you are an employee and must be enrolled in a PhD programme. There are several paths to our PhD programme and the two most common are describe in more detail below (1. Funding).

All candidates and supervisors must familiarize themselves with the Supplementary Regulations at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences to the Regulations for the Degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at the University of Oslo. The relevant paragraphs are emphasized in the sections below.

Admission to the PhD programme at the MN Faculty takes place continuously throughout the year. The PhD candidate/supervisor must submit the application for admission to the PhD programme to the department within the first two months of the PhD employment contract. The initial assessment of the application is performed at your department and formally approved by the Faculty.

1. Funding

You can either

  • 1.1 apply for a PhD research fellow position or
  • 1.2 apply for external funding

 

1.1 PhD research fellowships (stipendiat)

All PhD research fellowships, independently of subjects, fields, projects or units, are advertised at the University webpages. As a PhD research fellow (stipendiat), you are an employee of the University of Oslo and have the same rights and benefits as other employees.

 

flow chart of admission process for internally funded phd candidates
Figure 1.1: Flowchart of the admission process for PhD candidates funded through PhD research fellowships.

 

Vacancy listings

 

 

 

1.2 External funding

As an externally funded PhD candidate, you must yourself procure funding of both salary, equivalent of a regular PhD candidate salary covering three years full-time studies, and research funds (when required for the project). All PhD candidates must be affiliated with a research community at our Faculty. You either secure funding first and then contact a potential supervisor or procure funding in collaboration with a potential supervisor.  

The project funding may for example come from:

  • a position at a college or another university
  • a position at another scientific institution with time to do your own research
  • a position at an external enterprise or organisation

 

flow chart of admission process externally funded candidates
Figure 1.2: Flowchart of the admission process for externally funded PhD candidates.

 

External funding portals

 

 

2. Admission and application

Admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences takes place continuously throughout the year.

The applicant shall, in collaboration with the supervisors, present a cohesive plan for the PhD degree and send the application for admission to MN’s PhD programme to the department within the first two months of the PhD employment contract.

 

2.1 Admission requirements

The following criteria apply to admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences:

 

Applicants with completed degrees from the following countries must provide original diplomas of Bachelor's and Master's degrees supplemented with transcripts:

Cameroon, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, The Republic of the Philippines, USA.

The qualification documents must be sent directly from the educational institution to the Faculty administration. 

 

Paper copies

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
PhD office
PO Box 1032 Blindern
NO-0315 Oslo
Norway

Electronic documents

phd-godkjenning@mn.uio.no 

 

 

2.2 Checklist for the application 

The candidate is responsible for filling out the application and to enclose all required documents before submitting the application. Missing documents will delay the processing of the application and result in termination of your temporary study right (right to take courses before admitted to the PhD programme).

 

Make sure 

 

 

2.3 The educational component

§ 8 The educational component

Together with the work on the thesis, the educational component shall provide the necessary academic breadth and specialization. 

 

Courses

 

 

2.4 Appointment of academic supervisors

§ 7.2 Appointment of academic supervisors§ 7.3 The principal supervisor

Each PhD candidate shall have at least two supervisors who are actively involved throughout the candidate’s degree in order to ensure a robust and continuous follow-up of the candidate.

Candidates with an externally employed principal supervisor (not directly associated with the MN Faculty) must enclose:

  • application for external supervisor
  • external supervisor's CV and publication list
  • statement from the unit's PhD board
    • assessment of the external supervisor and full supervisor team
    • recommendation / rejection of the external supervisor

 

 

2.5 The project description

§ 5.1.6.2 The project description

The project description (from 4 to 10 pages) must include a reference list. The project description will form the basis for the third semester reporting. Each ground unit has adapted the Faculty template to fit their own needs.

 

 

2.6 Principal supervisor's statement

§ 5.1.6.3 Principal supervisor’s statement

The principal supervisor must, as part of the application, write a statement about the applicant.

 

 

2.7 Enclosures to the application

§ 5.1.6.1 Enclosures to the application

The candidate is responsible to enclose all required documents before submitting the application. Missing documents will delay the processing of the application and result in termination of your temporary study right (right to take courses before admitted to the PhD programme).

 

All applicants:

  • Project description
  • Copies of diplomas of BSc and MSc degrees supplemented with transcripts showing which courses are included in both degrees
  • An official description of the grading structure from the degree conferring institution 
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)

If relevant:

 

 

 
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