Our doctoral education (PhD)
Your choice of the University of Bergen for your doctoral education has brought you to an international research university. The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences offers doctoral education (PhD) within the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, earth science, physics and technology, informatics, mathematics, molecular biology and geophysics. We also offer doctoral training in collaboration with several partner institutions.
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.
Please take a look at the links below for more information regarding the doctoral education (PhD).
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.
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Rules, forms and guidelines
The PhD degree is governed by a number of rules, regulations and guidelines.
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The PhD programme is a supervised programme. This means that the candidate should be present at the university a significant part of the effective period of study, unless special conditions indicate otherwise.
The training component (course work) is an obligatory part of the doctoral education and must correspond to at least 30 credits (ECTS). The training component must contain academic and methodological training, training in dissemination, philosophy of science and ethics. It is important that the...
The doctoral education has a nominal duration of three years. A continuous progression is important, therefore, to ensure that you finish on time.
Thesis / PhD project
The research work constitutes the largest part of the doctoral training and is stipulated to take two and a half years of the PhD study period. The research work is documented in the form of a written thesis – as a monograph or a collection of articles including a summary article.
On this page you can find information about funding for doctoral training activities, scholarships and other internationalization activities of the doctoral training at the faculty.
Submission, assessment and public defence
The defence is an academic discussion between the opponents and the doctoral candidate. The defence itself is open to the public.
The dr.philos degree is an independent degree without supervision and organized training. The dr.philos. and PhD degrees are considered equal in status.
Information for PhD candidates
Information regarding the different stages of doctoral education, from starting the ph.d. programme to final submission and public defence.
The PhD committee
Each department is represented in the faculty ph.d. committee, and the committee is lead by the pro-dean (Dean of reserach). In addition there is one student representative and one ph.d representative.
PhD degree - Information for members of the evaluation committee
This page contains important information, rules and regulations for members of an evaluation committee for the PhD degree. Please see under the heading Related Content at the bottom of the page.