English language requirements for PhD admission
Applicants who were educated abroad, must document their proficiency in English when applying for the PhD programme
The following tests and results are accepted by the Faculty of Medicine for admission to the PhD programme
International English Language Testing Service (IELTS Academic):
A minimum of 6.5 points overall and a minimum of 5.5 points in all 4 components
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet-based test (iBT), and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
- Minimum total score: 90
We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
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.
The PhD programme at the Faculty of Medicine is mainly conducted in English. Applicants who were educated abroad must document their proficiency in English in accordance with current rules: https://www.uib.no/en/med/115526/english-language-requirements-phd-admission
Exemptions are also made for the following applicants:
- candidates who have been first author on at least two scientific publications published in English in international, peer-reviewed journals
- candidates who can document that their master’s programme was taught entirely in English
- candidates who have studied English as a subject at university level (minimum 30 ECTS credits)