Faculty of Medicine

English language requirements for PhD admission

Applicants who were educated abroad, must document their proficiency in English when applying for the PhD programme

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The following tests and results are accepted by the Faculty of Medicine for admission to the PhD programme


International English Language Testing Service (IELTS):

A minimum of 6.5 points overall and a minimum of 5.5 points in all 4 components

TOEFL paper based test (PBT):

A total score of 575 abd 4.5 in written test

TOEFL internet based test (iBT):

A total score of 90 and 20 in written test

University of Cambridge examinations:

- Certificate in Advanced English

- Certificate of Proficiency in English


Exceptions from the above requirements 

Applicants from anglophone countries (Australia, Canada, Irland, UK, USA and New Zealand), applicants who have completed a minimum of one year's univeristy education in these countries and applicants whose secondary education is from Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, parts of Cameroun, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Sør-Afrika, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia og Zimbabwe are exempt from the requirement to provide an English language test.

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

Applicants with Higher Education Entrance Qualification "Generell Studiekompetanse" from Norwegian Secondary Schools do not have to document their English Skills further.