Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

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The following pages provide information for how to enroll to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.The formal requirements for admission is stated in the Regulations for the doctoral degree PhD at the University of Bergen, and the guidelines for the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Funding requirements

Applicants to the PhD programme should normally be employed in a PhD position at UiB or other collaborating institutions. Funding for the research project and cost of living must be clarified at the time of application, and applicants must have established contact with a supervisor employed at UiB.

Open positions at the University of Bergen are announced here: https://www.uib.no/en/about/84777/vacant-positions-uib

Admission requirements

A completed Master's degree or an equivalent educational background, with a C or better as an average for the bachelor degree major, the masters courses and the masters thesis.

Education requirements

For admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, the applicant is required to hold a five-year master's degree or equivalent, in accordance with descriptions in the second cycle of the Qualifications Framework. The faculty may, following a separate assessment, approve another equivalent education as the basis for admission, cf. Section 5-1 of the Regulations for the Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) degree at the University of Bergen.

The faculty may, after a comprehensive assessment, exceptionally approve admission of candidates with master's degrees from accredited institutions that are shorter than 5 years, but at least 4 years. This includes, for example, foreign master's degree programmes that, after validation, are collectively equivalent to a Norwegian higher education degree with a nominal duration of four years of study. The degree must: 1. be a higher degree (2nd cycle of the National Qualifications Framework),2. include an independent work that has a scope of at least 30 credits, and 3. the applicant must additionally document activities or a grade point average above ordinary requirements. In case of doubt, the PhD programme board will assess the matter.

Grade requirements

The average grades for the bachelor's degree specialisation, the courses in the master's degree and the master's thesis, respectively, must be C or better in the Norwegian grading scale. The grade limit for admission is normally calculated as 3.0 (A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1) for the specialisation in the bachelor's degree, the courses in the master's degree and the master's thesis.

English language requirements for PhD admission

Good English skills are required for all participants on a PhD programme. International students must document this by taking one of the following tests with the results indicated or better.

Applicants applying for a PhD position at The University of Bergen must document their proficiency in English when applying for the PhD position. All other applicants for the PhD programme must document their proficiency in English when applying for the PhD programme.

The following tests and results are accepted by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences for admission to the PhD programme:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet based test (IBT). Minimum total score: 90
  • IELTS academic – International English Language Testing System. Minimum overall band score: 6.5
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) and Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) from the University of Cambridge
  • PTE Academic – Pearson Test of English Academic. Minimum overall score: 62
  • Please note that we do not accept a statement of "English as medium of instruction" instead of an English language test

The following applicants are exempt from the above-mentioned requirements:

  • applicants from EU/EEA countries
  • applicants who have completed one year of university studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA
  • applicants with an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
  • applicants who have completed a Bachelor's and/or a Master's degree with English as the language of instruction in one of the Nordic countries or the Netherlands

For information about language requirements for applicants from other countries, please consult the university's country list. ( Note that applicants from EU/EEA countries are exempt. Note that only the language requirements are relevant for PhD applicants).

Foreign exams and degrees

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences will evaluate your diplomas pursuant to the normal procedures for recognition of foreign higher education qualifications overseen by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education.

Application deadline

An application for admission to the PhD programme must normally be submitted within two (2) months after you start your position, or the start of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree.

The application with all the required attachments should be sent to the department where you are employed or in other ways connected to.