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Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History


Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History (IAKH) has two separate PhD groups for our doctoral candidates:

  • A PhD group for Archaeology & Conservation, led by Professor Lotte Hedeager
  • A PhD group for History, led by Professor Erling Sandmo

In addition to this all doctoral candidates at IAKH must be part of a "faggruppe" (research group). The research groups at the Department are a specialized offering for the employees and PhD candidates at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History:

  • Archaeology
  • Conservation
  • Premodern history
  • Modern history
  • Contemporary history

Read more about the research groups at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History

Educational Component

The nominal length of study of the PhD programme is 3 years. The educational component corresponds to 30 credits.

General initial courses, Faculty of Humanities 5 credits                 
International conference with paper/lecture/abstract 6 - 8 credits
Dissemination course, feature articles, lectures, other 2 - 4 credits
IAKHs thesis seminar 4 credits
Midway assessment 0                               
Elective research training courses 8 - 12 credits


Courses in general skills/generic courses 0                   

More information about the educational component at IAKH

General initial courses, Faculty of Humanities: Introductory seminar (2 credits), theory of knowledge (2 credits) and ethics (1 credit).

International conference: Credit for participation in international conferences requires presentation of papers/lectures/abstracts (posters, papers, lectures). Participation alone does not qualify candidates for credit.

Dissemenation: includes dissemination courses, articles, chronicles, lectures, exhibitions, etc.

IAKHs thesis seminar: The department’s thesis seminars are arranged by the aforementioned PhD groups led by Professor Lotte Hedeager (Archaeology/Conservation) and Professor Erling Sandmo (History).

Participation is compulsory during the first 2 years of the study period. In order to quality for credits, candidates are required to present their own text at least twice, and oppose/comment on someone else’s text at least twice. The thesis seminar gives a total of 4 credits over two years, equivalent of 100 - 120 hours of work.

All doctoral candidates are encouraged two participate in the thesis seminar for the duration of their study period.

Elective research training courses: Elective research courses can be taken at national and/or international research institutions, other institutions, one-off events or, following prior approval, specialized Master's courses in other subjects.

Doctoral candidates in Archaeology are part of the international research school Dialogues with The Past.


The Head of Research is responsible for approving credits, often in coordination with the head of the candidates research group. Where needed the activity should be pre-approved by the Head of Research. The basis for approval is a completed form and course certificate, certificate of participation or a conference programme. The candidate is responsible for collecting documentation and for submitting the form and documentation to the Head of Research for approval in a timely manner.

Where the number of credits has not been determined, for example through an established research institution or plan at the University of Oslo, the allocation of credits will be based on the ECTS. Thirty credits correspond to six months’ work, i.e. 750–900 hours. One credit corresponds to 25 to 30 hours of work.

StudentWeb: IAKH aims to register as much as possible of the educational components in Studentweb. In order to do this the doctoral candidates must inform the PhD-Coordinator when they have complete courses and/or other activities that are a part of the educational component. This includes external research training course, dissemenation and international conference with paper/lecture/abstract.

Midway Assessment

All PhD candidates at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History will be summoned to a midway assessment during the course of their period of study. This will generally take place during the candidate’s second year on the programme. The aim of the midway assessment is to clarify for PhD candidates, principal supervisor and the research coordinators how far the candidate's work has progressed and how much work remains. Following the assessment, specific scientific and practical suggestions will be given on how to proceed towards completion.

More information about the midway assessment at IAKH

The midway assessment is a compulsory part of the educational component. The head of the relevant PhD group will find an external expert for the midway assessment, and can consult with the principal supervisor and the head of the relevant research group (faggruppe) if needed. External expert can be a person who is not involved in the PhD Candidate’s project and not part of the staff at IAKH.

The head of the PhD group will plan and organize the midway assessment with support from the PhD-Coordinator. The planning start in the beginning of the spring semester, and the head of the PhD group finds a suitable date and place for the midway assessment in consultation with the external expert and principal supervisor. 

No later than 3 weeks before the meeting, the PhD candidate must submit a “folder” to each member of the assessment group, containing the following:

  • Completed key paragraph/draft article that gives insight into the project
  • Outline for completion of remaining articles/chapters/paragraphs
  • Overview of completed and remaining course work, and plans for completion
  • Brief report giving an overview of other relevant activity for the period, or other important information

The midway assessment consists of two parts:

  • An open seminar led by the head of the PhD group, which reviews academic elements. This seminar is based on opposition from the external expert and will take the form of a discussion of the presented chapters/articles.
  • A subsequent closed meeting where the candidate, external expert, principal supervisor and the head of the PhD group is present. The meeting will address practical and specific acedemic issues and possibilities for the dissertation. The meeting will conclude with recommendations with a view to completion.
  • The external expert will prior to the meeting write a short assessment of the PhD candidate progression, the state of the dissertation project and what kind of measures the external expert recommends moving forward. 

Programme Council

IAKH has it's own Programme Council for the PhD programme. The Programme Council aims to improve the coordination of the PhD programme at the Department. In addition it is a forum where the doctoral candidates can raise issues and be involved in processes concering the PhD programme.

Programme Council Representatives:

Per Ditlef Fredriksen - Head of Research

Lotte Hedeager - Head of the PhD Group for Archaeology & Conservation

Erling Sandmo - Head of the PhD Group for History

Marie Amundsen - Representative for the doctoral candidates in Archaeology & Conservation

Henrik Olav Matheisen - Representative for the doctoral candidates in History

Julianne Rustad - Coordinator for Dialogues With the Past

Ragnar Holst Larsen - PhD-Coordinator & secretary


Substitutes for the doctoral representatives: Kaja Hannedatter Sontum, Susann Holmberg og Ole-Albert Rønning.

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Published June 17, 2015 4:02 PM - Last modified Nov. 30, 2017 5:58 PM