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Application for Dr.Philos. examination

In order to apply to present yourself for the Dr.Philos. examination, you must have a Master’s degree or equivalent, and have written and completed a doctoral thesis on your own.

How to apply

Regulations for the degree of Doctor Philosophiae (Dr.Philos.) at the University of Oslo and Guidelines for the evaluation of Norwegian doctoral degrees contain useful information.

Send the application and the completed thesis to the relevant faculty depending on the topic of the thesis. The faculties have different submission routines.

Select your faculty:

The Faculty of Humanities

Where to submit

The thesis shall be handed in to the Faculty of Humanities’ archives, which are located on the 1st floor at Niels Treschows hus, Blindern, or sent to The Faculty of Humanities, PO Box 1079 Blindern, 0316 Oslo.

The thesis shall also be submitted electronically as a PDF file to postmottak@hf.uio.no.

What to submit

  • Five copies of the thesis (you can submit one copy with the application, followed by the remaining four if the faculty grants admission to present for the degree).
  • The thesis as a PDF file.
  • Completed application for presentation for the degree of Dr.Philos.
  • Abstract in Norwegian and English (plus the language of the thesis where this is not Norwegian or English).
  • Copy of cand.philol., Master’s or equivalent certificate, or documentation of equivalent qualifications.
  • Where applicable, a co-author declaration (in English) (odt).
  • Overview of previous scientific work/papers (must be shown on request).
  • Norwegian residence permit, if applicable.
  • Non-Nordic citizens must in addition document the thesis’ connection to Norway.

You must also send an electronic version (Word format) of the abstract to the Research Consultant at the department.

The Faculty of Law

Where to submit

The thesis shall be sent to the Faculty’s Administration Section at Gørill Arnesen, Ground floor, Domus Academica Karl Johans gate 47, 0162 Oslo, or to the Faculty’s Administration Section, Faculty of Law, PO Box 6706, St. Olavs plass, 0130 Oslo.

The thesis must also be submitted electronically as a PDF file and sent to postmottak@jus.uio.no, addressed to Gørill Arnesen.

What to submit

Dr.Philos. candidates should submit one bound copy of the thesis and an electronic version, together with an application for presentation at the Dr.Philos. degree. If the faculty grants the application, a further 4 bound copies of the thesis shall be submitted. Other documents do not need to be submitted again.

The letter of application shall contain the following information:

  • Statement stipulating whether the doctoral work is being submitted for evaluation for the first or second time.
  • Statement stipulating that the doctoral work has not been submitted for evaluation at a different institution.

The following shall be included with the application:

  • Copy of the Master’s degree or equivalent.
  • Documentation that the necessary permits have been obtained in relation to research ethics guidelines, where relevant.
  • Overview of previous scientific work (must be shown on request).
  • Norwegian residence permit, where applicable.
  • Non-Nordic citizens must in addition document the thesis’ connection to Norway.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Where to submit

The application shall be sent to the relevant department depending on the topic of the thesis.

What to include

  1. One copy of the completed thesis.
  2. Documentation of previous education.
  3. Documentation of any equivalent qualifications.
  4. Overview of previous scientific work (must be shown on request).
  5. Norwegian residence permit, where applicable.
  6. Non-Nordic citizens must in addition document the thesis’ connection to Norway.

The Faculty of Medicine

Where to submit your thesis

Your application for thesis evaluation should be handed in at our premises in Sogn Arena. Opening hours are 9am to 10am. You can, alternatively, send your application by ordinary post.

See our postal address and office address in the contact details.

What to submit

  • Application for evaluation. The application must contain the following information:
  • name and personal identity number
  • title of the thesis, and information whether the thesis is an article based thesis or a monograph
  • a short description of the thesis’ themes
  • contact details for the next six months; address, telephone/e-mail address
  • information about where and when the work was completed
  • One copy of your thesis on a USB stick
  • Declaration of permits procured (pdf), and a copy of each permit. Information about applications to REC and other bodies.
  • Co-author declarations (pdf)
  • Declaration of first-time submission
  • Declaration that the doctoral work has not been submitted for evaluation at a different institution
  • Copy of Master’s degree or equivalent (must be shown upon request)
  • Documentation of any equivalent qualifications
  • Overview of previous scientific work/papers (must be shown upon request)
  • Norwegian residence permit, where applicable
  • Non-Nordic citizens must in addition document the thesis’ connection to Norway

Printing

If the thesis is approved for public defence, a minimum of 60 copies of the thesis must be printed. Read more about printing at The Faculty of Medicine

Dates for trial lecture and public defence

Earliest date for trial lectures and public defence is 6 weeks after the recommendation has been approved by the Faculty. Read more about dates for trial lectures and public defences at The Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Dentistry

The application for evaluation of your thesis shall be sent to the Faculty of Dentistry as a PDF file at: postmottak@odont.uio.no

The application shall contain the following, in separate PDF files:

  1. Own application for evaluation.
  2. The thesis.
  3. Declaration of permissions obtained, with a copy of each.
  4. Co-author declaration.
  5. Self-declaration of first-time submission.
  6. Documentation of previous education.
  7. Documentation of any equivalent qualifications.
  8. Norwegian residence permit, where applicable.
  9. Non-Nordic citizens must in addition document the thesis’ connection to Norway.

The Faculty of Social Sciences

How to submit

Five copies of the thesis shall be submitted to the relevant department depending on the topic of the thesis. The thesis should also be e-mailed to the department as a PDF file. A simple application should also be submitted for evaluation of the thesis for the Dr.Philos. degree. This application should be addressed to the Faculty of Social Sciences, and provide contact details and information about the thesis. Remember to also submit completed and signed declaration/confirmation forms, together with an overview from the employer of any leave of absence you have had during the period.

If you are uncertain about which department your thesis relates to, you can send the application to: The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo, PO Box 1084, Blindern, 0317 Oslo.

Content of the application

  • contact details: name, address, telephone/e-mail address,
  • information on where and when the work was carried out,
  • overview of any individual works/articles: where and when they were published, the status of the articles (published, accepted for publication, plan to submit etc.), which principles are used to decide the order of any co-authors,
  • completed form for co-authorship for work written with others (in English), and
  • declaration of whether the doctoral work is being submitted for evaluation for the first or second time, and that the thesis has not been submitted for evaluation at a different institution.
  • confirmed copy of examination certificate.

The application may also contain other information, for example, a few words about the relationship to the Master’s thesis if the thesis is a continuation of this. You should not make suggestions for the adjudication committee.

If you have submitted joint work with other writers, you should include a declaration from the co-authors of who has contributed what in the work.

The Faculty of Theology

Where to submit

The thesis shall be submitted to the Research Adviser’s office, Ground floor, Domus Theologica, Blindernveien 9, or sent to the Faculty of Theology, PO Box 1023 Blindern, 0315 Oslo.

What to submit

  • Dr.Philos. candidates shall submit one copy of the thesis with the application to present themselves for the Dr.Philos. degree. If the faculty grants the application, a further three copies of the thesis shall be sent. Other documents do not need to be re-submitted.
  • The thesis shall also be submitted as a PDF file with the application to present for the degree. The file shall be sent to forskningsadministrasjon@teologi.uio.no.
  • Letter of application to present for the Dr.Philos. degree, which also contains confirmation that the thesis has not been submitted for evaluation at a different institution.
  • Copy of cand.theol., Master’s or equivalent certificate.
  • Documentation that the necessary permissions have been obtained in accordance with research ethics guidelines, where relevant.
  • Co-author declaration, where relevant.

The Faculty of Educational Sciences

Submitting the thesis

When submitting a thesis with an application for evaluation of the doctoral degree, it is important that the candidate ensures the following:

Application to present for the Dr.Philos. degree addressed and delivered to the Faculty at the following address:

The Faculty of Educational Sciences, PO Box 1161 Blindern, 0317 Oslo

The application shall also contain:

  • Name, address, telephone (for contact purposes)
  • Title of thesis and information on whether the thesis is a monograph or is article based
  • Overview of any individual works; where and when they were published
  • Co-author declarations, where relevant
  • Authorized copy of examination certificate
  • A brief summary of the thesis in English/Norwegian (electronic and paper version). Details should be given of the following using a maximum of 25 lines (in Times 12 font):

a. the subject area of the thesis

b. the questions/hypotheses examined

c. which method(s) and data are used

d. important conclusions and findings that are central to the research outcome

e. can the findings be exemplified with a utility value?

f. where the work was carried out

The application must also contain other information, such as if the work has been submitted for evaluation before, a few words about what the work is about and the relationship to the Master’s thesis if the thesis is a continuation of this. Candidates should not make suggestions for the adjudication committee. The thesis must be attached with the electronic version of the application.

Five copies of the thesis shall be sent with the application. If the candidate has submitted joint work with other authors, a declaration from the co-authors shall be included stating who has contributed what in the works. If two candidates deliver joint work, a declaration of which parts of the thesis each candidate is responsible for shall be given.

What happens after the application is submitted?

The faculty decides whether you can present yourself for the Dr.Philos. examination based on the application and the enclosed documentation. The faculty may require you to undertake specific courses and/or pass a special test before permission is granted for your doctoral work to be evaluated.

If your application is approved, an adjudication committee will be appointed, and you will receive information about the further process.

You cannot withdraw a thesis that has been submitted for evaluation, nor make changes to the thesis after submission. If the thesis is approved for public defence, further copies must be printed. You will then have the opportunity to correct typographic errors etc.

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