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Admission agreement

The PhD degree requires admission to the programme. This admission is formalized through an agreement that regulates the relationship between you as a PhD candidate, the PhD programme and your supervisor/s. The agreement will be sent to you at the beginning of the agreement period. For externally-funded candidates, the agreement with the external party will also be forwarded. This must be completed in conjunction with the external party, and submitted together with the admission agreement.

We ask you to:

  • complete the empty fields in the agreement/s and sign it/them
  • send the agreement/s to your department's PhD consultant, who will ensure that the agreement/s is/are signed by the other parties (main supervisor and the supervisor's department) and returned to the faculty

Return the agreement as soon as possible. A copy of the signed agreement will be sent to you, your main supervisor, the department and, if applicable, your external employer.

If you have been offered a position as a PhD candidate at the faculty, you will also be sent an admission agreement in addition to the employment agreement.

E-mail list

Every department has an e-mail list that is used to send important information to candidates employed by the department, e.g. about relevant courses or reports that need to be submitted. You will be added to your department's e-mail list.


As a PhD candidate, you will receive supervision at the Faculty of Humanities. The admission agreement stipulates the mutual obligations that apply to the supervisory relationship.

A supervisor will be appointed at your department here at the Faculty of Humanities. You must contact the PhD consultant at your department in order to clarify who your supervisor/s will be.

PhD candidates normally have more than one supervisor. When appointing a co-supervisor, a separate agreement must be entered into between the co-supervisor and the candidate's unit (department/centre), establishing the distribution of work between the main supervisor and the co-supervisor.

Read more about expectations regarding supervision and appointment of a co-supervisor

PhD programme

The organized research training at the Faculty of Humanities is organized as a single PhD programme, but the faculty's seven departments are responsible for follow-up of the candidates and the education offered. Each department has a PhD Coordinator.

Educational component

As a PhD candidate, you can participate in education offered at all departments, as long as there is space, and you can also make use of external education. The education offered on the PhD programme and by the individual departments varies from semester to semester. Information about education for doctoral candidates is updated regularly. Please note that requirements in relation to enrolment, active participation and awarding of credits can vary.

You can find information about the educational component and approval requirements on the "Structure" pages

Courses and seminars

Information about the faculty's joint courses and the departments' courses and seminars is published regularly.

The course calendars provide an overview of all planned courses and seminars at the Faculty of Humanities

Progress reports

All PhD candidates are required to submit an annual report to the PhD coordinator at their department. Prior to the reporting deadline, candidates will be notified about what to report and how. Failure to report will result in the candidate losing their place on the programme.

Programme description and regulations

It is important that you familiarize yourself with the provisions regarding the organized research training at the Faculty of Humanities. The PhD programme is regulated by

The thesis

The scope of the doctoral thesis must enable it to be written within the framework of the PhD programme, with a nominal length of study of 3 years net. A PhD thesis will normally be 200–250 pages long (550,000–700,000 characters).

The thesis may consist of a single work, or several shorter works. A thesis based on several shorter works or articles normally consists of at least 3 works, in addition to a summary/ extended abstract. When the thesis consists of works written by co-authors, it will normally consist of more than 3 works. The candidate will normally be the sole author of at least one of the works.

The doctoral thesis should be written in English or in the language deemed most professionally relevant. The faculty will determine which languages can be used in a thesis.

Read more about scope and article-based theses

Funding for research travel

PhD candidates at the Faculty of Humanities may apply for funding for research travel lasting 1–6 months. Deadline for applications: 1 December and 1 June. Funding of up to NOK 3 000 per week for up to 26 weeks can be granted for travel.

Stays abroad must be reported to your department's Research Consultant.

Apply for funding for research travel

A PhD candidate and an employee

As a PhD candidate, you not only have to deal with rules and information regarding the PhD programme; as an employee, you also need information about pay, illness, leave, allocated funds, funds for publication, and travel funds. You can find this information on the university's pages for employees.

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Candidates with external funding

If you are a candidate with external funding, you have the right to apply for an extension of your admission agreement if you take an authorized break, such as a statutory leave of absence. The procedure is to send an application, stipulating your reasons, to the faculty together with confirmation of the extended funding period from your employer.


Published Dec. 21, 2020 10:23 AM - Last modified Mar. 15, 2021 12:21 PM