PhD programmes

The doctoral candidates are a vital part of UiO, giving significant contributions to our research and teaching.

UiO takes an active part in the development of doctoral training in Europe, and our research training is organised in accordance with the Salzburg Recommendations and the EU Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training.

Organisation of doctoral training

Doctoral training at UiO is organised into PhD programmes at the faculties. Admission to a programme is usually combined with employment as a doctoral research fellow.  

Cotutelles and joint degrees

Building international networks during the doctoral training is an important step towards a future career as a researcher. Many of our exchange agreements (Norwegian) allow for PhD mobility.

Joint supervision agreements (cotutelles) and joint degrees may help ensure that research stays abroad are better integrated in the individual PhD candidate's plan of study. Such agreements are particularly encouraged when research groups cooperate across borders, to facilitate mobility and cross-institutional experiences for the candidates involved. 


UiO participates in the European Joint Doctorate in Law and Development (EDOLAD), a doctoral joint degree programme in the fields of Law and Development that has been selected as a "success story" by the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. The other partners in this international, interdisciplinary and innovative PhD programme are

  • Tilburg University (NL)
  • Deusto University (E)
  • Tartu University (EE)
  • The University of Edinburgh (UK) and
  • North-West University (ZA)

Scienta Fellows

Scientia Fellows is an international postdoctoral fellowship programme in Health Sciences. It will support over 70 talented researchers, by advancing their scientific career and strengthening international research relations.

Read more about Scienta Fellows

Guest researchers

All visiting PhD candidates to UiO are considered guest researchers, whether they arrive through a personal invitation or through a formal agreement. To ensure that their experience is as good as possible, visiting PhD candidates should visit our support site for international researchers.


Cooperation agreements on the doctoral level must be initiated by academic staff, and is usually founded on existing research collaboration. If you are interested in exploring these possibilities, contact a relevant partner at one of our departments and faculties.

Published June 8, 2016 11:37 AM - Last modified June 27, 2016 8:49 AM