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Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History

IAKH has two separate PhD groups for our doctoral candidates:  1) Archaeology & Conservation and 2) 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 Christopher Prescott
  • A PhD group for History, led by Associate Professor Ulrike Spring. 

Prescott and Spring are in charge of the midway assessments and thesis seminars. Ulrike Spring is also the head of the PhD-programme at IAKH. 


Research groups

All internal doctoral candidates at IAKH are part of a "faggruppe" (research group). The research groups at the Department are a specialized offering for the academic staff 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

Research schools

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 4 - 8 credits
Research dissemination course, feature articles, lectures, other 2 - 4 credits
IAKHs thesis seminar 6 credits
Elective research training courses 8 - 12 credits*                       
Midway assessment 0
* For doctoral candidates in history, the 5 credit course "methodological and Theoretical Problems in History" is obligatory (obligatory from 30.06.18) 5 credits
Courses in general skills/generic courses 0                   
Required credits for a completed educational component 30 credits           

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. Participation alone does not qualify candidates for credits. A conference is deemed international if it is held in English. 

International conferences and seminars (1–4 days) within subject areas and fields. Normally 1 credit for writing and 1 credit for presentation (usually max. 2 credits per international conference). 

The number of credits depends on:

  • Whether you will present a paper (+), and whether the paper is an original paper written for this course (+) or is a project presentation/previously presented paper (-)
  • Whether there is an opponent and close follow-up of your paper within a workshop framework (+) or a more open, international conference with sessions (-)

Credits are allocated based on the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). 30 credits correspond to six months’ work, i.e. 750–900 hours. 1 credit corresponds to 25 to 30 hours of work.

Research dissemenation 

Includes dissemination courses, articles, chronicles, lectures, exhibitions, etc.

Doctoral candidates associated with the doctoral programme at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History can also achieve credits by writing articles for

2 approved articles for will grant you 1 credit.

If you are interested in writing articles for, please contact the editor first: Ellen Cathrine Lund -

The articles are primarily written in Norwegian.

IAKHs thesis seminar

The thesis seminars are designed to be an integral part of the educational component. The department’s focus is to enable all of our doctoral candidates to contribute to and benefit from the thesis seminars, and thereby write a better dissertation because of this effort. IAKH thus encourages all doctoral candidates to actively participate in the seminars throughout their time on the PhD programme.

Requirement for completing the thesis seminar module (6 credits)

  • two years of attendance, but active participation for the duration of the programme is encouraged
  • 4 presentations (1 oral presentation and 3 manuscripts)
  • commenting on all manuscripts presented in the thesis seminars, both orally and in written form

These requirements are in effect from August 31, 2020. 

Seminars missed during the first two years must be completed during the third year. Attendance in thesis seminars at universities abroad may replace our own seminars, subject to approval by the head of the PhD group.

For information about earlier regulations regarding our thesis seminars, please follow the link.

Elective research training courses

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

Doctoral candidates in History are part of The Norwegian Research School in History NRSH.

All candidates at IAKH can participate in relevant elective research training courses (see below for information about pre-approval).


All requests for pre-approval and approval of activity relating to the educational component must be done by filling out the form below:

Application for approval IAKH - Educational component

The Head of PhD-programme is responsible for approving credits, when necessary in collaboration with the relevant PhD leader. All activities should be pre-approved by the Head of Research. The basis for approval are course certificates, certificates of participation, or conference programs. The candidate is responsible for collecting documentation and for submitting the form and documentation to us in a timely manner. 

Where the number of credits has not been determined, for example through an established research institution, the allocation of credits will be based on ECTS. Thirty credits correspond to six months’ work, i.e. 750–900 hours. One credit corresponds to 25 to 30 hours of work. 0,5 credits scores are not eligible at IAKH.


When the Head of Research has approved the request for approval, the PhD-Coordinator will register the acitivity in StudentWeb. 

Midway Assessment

Read about the Midway Assesment here

Courses and seminars at IAKH

See all PhD courses and seminars at IAKH

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

  • Ulrike Spring - Head of the PhD-programme at IAKH
  • Christopher Prescott - Head of the PhD Group for Archaeology & Conservation
  • Hanne Hagtvedt Vik - Head of the Norwegian Research School in History
  • Jan Cutajar - Representative for the doctoral candidates in Archaeology & Conservation
  • Ingar Stene - Representative for the doctoral candidates in History
  • Julianne Rustad - Coordinator for Dialogues With the Past
  • Ragnar Holst Larsen - PhD-Coordinator & secretary
  • Substitutes for the PhD representatives: Jan Cutajar & Anna Marie Skråmestø Nesheim






Published Mar. 12, 2021 4:41 PM - Last modified June 23, 2021 1:42 PM