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.
You can either
- 1.1 apply for a PhD research fellow position or
- 1.2 apply for external funding
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.
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
External funding portals
- Public Sector PhD Scheme (Research Council of Norway)
- Industrial PhD Scheme (Research Council of Norway)
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.
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.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
PO Box 1032 Blindern
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).
- to use the correct and updated application form (.pdf)
- to fill out the application form carefully (details of each section is listed below)
- attach all required documents (2.7 Enclosures to the application)
- to sign the application - both you and all of your supervisors
Together with the work on the thesis, the educational component shall provide the necessary academic breadth and specialization.
- Compulsory course
- PhD level (9000) courses
- Generic courses
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
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.
- Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics
- Department of Biosciences
- Department of Pharmacy
- Department of Physics
- Department of Geosciences
- Department of Informatics
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Technology Systems
- Natural History Museum
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).
- 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)
- Results from the English language test for international applicants (list of relevant countries)
- Course description and transcripts/confirmation for courses already taken which the applicant wishes to include in the educational component for the PhD study
- List of publications
- Description of special syllabus (.odt / .doc)
- Agreement between the Faculty and an external part or a centre at the University of Oslo