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Why choose this PhD programme?

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is Norway's largest natural sciences faculty, and has a long tradition of PhD programmes. The faculty is one of Europe's most attractive academic communities in mathematics, natural sciences and technology.

Academic community

The faculty's departments and centres cover a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary research. PhD candidates are integrated into large, excellent research communities that play a leading role nationally and internationally. About 50% of PhD candidates and 20% of academic staff come from foreign academic communities, which increase the strong international profile of the faculty.

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The PhD programme

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be a leading international research faculty. Candidates will be selected in line with this ambition, and are expected to have academic qualifications in the upper percentiles. A requirement for admission to the PhD programme is that you have a degree of at least five years – i.e. a Master's degree or the equivalent. There are grade requirements for admission to the faculty's PhD programme.

Good English skills are required for all participants in the PhD programme. International applicants must document these skills.

The PhD programme at the faculty will educate independent researchers of a high international calibre in accordance with universally recognized academic and ethical principles. The education will qualify students for research activity and other employment in which the expected standard of scientific insight and analytical thinking is high.

When the programme is completed, the candidates will have an understanding of and will have mastered key philosophy of science and research ethics questions, and mastered the research methods of the subject area and their relevance. They will further be able to assess the appropriateness and application of different methods in research and development projects, be able to help develop new theories, methods and interpretations in the subject area, and assess them critically.

The doctors must be able to formulate issues for, plan and execute research and development tasks, and conduct research of an international calibre. They must be able to analyze complex academic questions and challenge the established knowledge in the field. They must further be able to supervise others in research and development work, be able to participate in and help further develop their own research communities, and communicate their subject constructively to the academic community and the public.

As a PhD candidate, you will receive supervision and formal training, which will enable you to conduct your own research. The goal of the education is independent research work that will lead to a scientific thesis of a high academic level. The programme will lead to a PhD in natural sciences.

Studies abroad

All PhD candidates are encouraged to visit relevant foreign educational institutions at least once. The organized research training can be adapted, so that PhD candidates can spend at least six months abroad in connection with their PhD work. PhD candidates have the opportunity to incorporate international research courses and other courses into the educational component.

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Further career and work

A PhD from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is a highly sought after qualification in higher education, research, business and public administration. The employment rate of our doctors is very high, and many of them receive job offers before completing their degree.

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Published Apr. 11, 2016 4:20 PM - Last modified Feb. 3, 2021 6:39 PM