The University offers research training of a high international standard, with a broad range of subject areas and strong research environments. A doctorate from the University of Oslo qualifies candidates for an academic career as well as other professions requiring a high level of competence.
To be eligible for admission to a PhD programme, certain educational and financial requirements must be met. If you have not applied to a PhD programme before, we recommend that you read this before you proceed to the programme pages.
Facts about the PhD programmes
- Requires a completed Master’s degree.
- Stipulated length of three years’ full-time studies.
- 2.5 years of independent research work.
- Educational component worth 30 credits.
- In 2014, 519 PhD candidates successfully defended their theses at the University of Oslo.
Find information on courses and seminars offered at PhD level.
When your doctoral examination is approved by the faculty, you will be invited to a conferral ceremony in the University’s ceremonial hall, the Aula.
The Dr.Philos. degree (Doctor Philosophiae) is awarded to academics who have qualified for a doctoral degree on their own, without formal supervision. They have no affiliation to the university as a doctoral candidate until their application for the doctoral examination has been approved.
Questions about PhD and doctoral degrees?
The research training is governed by the Act relating to universities and university colleges and local regulations.
Browse through available doctoral research fellowships, read more about working as a researcher at UiO, and find the support site for international researchers.