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Doctoral Education (PhD)

Welcome to the University of Bergen

Your choice of the University of Bergen for your doctoral education has brought you to an international research university.

Research is the foundation on which the University builds all other activities in which it engages. Research contributes to knowledge growth and development and this, in turn, serves as the basis for facing challenges, solving problems, and making the changes needed in our local and global communities. Education must build on the best possible research.

The University of Bergen offers high quality doctoral education in a range of disciplines. As a PhD candidate, you will meet good research environments where you will take your position as a member of a research group with one or more academic advisors. The University hosts excellent research environments in a broad variety of subject areas and there is ample opportunity for inter- and multidisciplinarity.

In addition to your primary research group, you will also be encouraged to be a member of a national and/or local research school within your subject area. These research schools are intended as meeting places for PhD candidates and as arenas for the development of professional networks including both faculty staff and PhD candidates. At present, the University of Bergen, through its various faculties, departments, research centres and research schools, is the home institution of approximately 1300 doctoral candidates from many different countries.

As part of your stay here, you will also be expected to be active in international fora, which will provide you with the opportunity for academic discussion and network building. The University of Bergen has a number of collaborative partners and a well-developed support system to facilitate international research and education.

The University of Bergen emphasizes academic quality in all fields within doctoral education. Our objective is to ensure that our PhD candidates are at the forefront of their fields and that they contribute both to the development of new knowledge and to the challenging of old. We expect our PhD candidates to think critically and to be part of the overall effort to ensure a functioning democracy and constructive public debate. The prerequisite for such efforts is research that is firmly grounded in the highest standards of academic integrity.

We expect our PhD candidates to be engaged with not only local and national, but also international and global challenges. This requires willingness to adopt interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives.

A doctoral degree awarded by the University of Bergen will be a testimony to your success in winning new knowledge, developing new skills, and gaining broad expertise, all of which qualify you for a multifaceted professional career outside the university or for further academic pursuits.

We wish you the best of luck in your endeavor.