Prospective PhD candidates
Do you have a master's degree or a medical, dentist or other health profession degree at master level? Are you interested in working on a health related research topic? Maybe you should consider doing a PhD!
Why apply to our PhD programme?
The PhD programme at the Faculty of Medicine offers high quality research training through research and a PhD degree will qualify you for research and other kinds of work requiring a high level of scientific insight within medical and health related research.
Admission requirements at the Faculty of Medicine
The PhD programme at the Faculty of Medicine is based on five-year Norwegian master’s education according to the Bologna process, Norwegian postgraduate programme of professional study, or equivalent education as approved by the faculty.The Faculty of Medicine also approves one-year master’s degrees as a basis for admission to the PhD programme if the relevant degree
- is part of an overall higher education that consists of at least four years that can be approved as university level in Norway, and also
- contains a master’s thesis which has a scope of minimum 30 credits. Applications from abroad are evaluated according to NOKUT’s criteria.
Attachments to applications for admission
- The candidate’s CV
- Documentation of higher education (diplomas and transcripts, as well as diploma supplements where available)
- Documentation that the master’s thesis is of 30 credits if this is not clearly stated in the diploma/transcript
- Documentation of English language proficiency (where required, see below)
- Completed Affidavit of Financial Support
- Supervisor statement
- CV from supervisors not employed at the UiB
- Project description
- Copy of passport (for applicants without a Norwegian national identity number)
- NOKUT evaluation for applicants with education from outside of Scandinavia. Doctors with education from the EEA who have been licensed to work as a doctor in Norway do not need to submit a NOKUT evaluation.
More about documentation of education and language proficiency
All applicants must submit diplomas, transcripts and diploma supplements for all higher education which is part of the admissions criteria.
Applicants who were educated abroad must submit diplomas and transcript in the original language, as well as in English or a Scandinavian language. The faculty adheres to NOKUT’s guidelines for the approval of foreign education. Applicants who were educated outside of the EEA must attach a NOKUT evaluation or proof that they have submitted an application for such an evaluation. Final notification of admission cannot be given until it is determined that the education meets the above criteria.
Applicants who were educated abroad must document their proficiency in English as reqired, see link below (bottom of the page).
More about financing
It is nescessary that the financial frameworks are adequate for the completion of the project. The applicant must provide confirmation of satisfactory financing, both for living costs and costs relating to research for the entire doctoral training period. Candidates that have their own private funds, cannot be admitted to the programme.
It is assumed that at least 50% of working hours can be used for the PhD programme. For applicants employed at the university hospital or cooperating regional hospitals with active research environments, admission with 20% dedicated time for research may still be granted in some cases. Admission can only be granted if the following conditions are met:
- the project is closely linked to the candidate’s clinical work (must be shown in the letter of intent and statement of purpose)
- there is a clear letter of intent from the relevant hospital department that the candidate is granted time for research and the necessary facilitation for the completion of both the research project and the training component
- a realistic schedule of a maximum of 6 years from the start of funding has been confirmed by the main supervisor and approved by the admissions committee
- there is a statement of purpose from the candidate
Requirements for the project description
The project description is normally around six to eight pages and must describe the theme, the issue(s) being addressed and the choice of theory and method. The project description must present the academic background (‘state-of-the-art’). This includes the candidate’s knowledge status, as well as how the planned project will add new knowledge to the specified research field. In addition, the project description shall include a dated progress plan for the various parts of the research work, and, for an article-based thesis, a tentative publication plan can also be included.The project description must include a proposal for supervisors and the distribution of responsibilities between the supervisors must be presented.
The project description shall explicitly discuss relevant professional ethical issues related to (for example) privacy, obligation to notify, etc. If it is relevant to apply to the Regional Committees for Medical and Health Research Ethics (REC)/Data Protection Officer, it must be stated that the application has been made.
For applicants with funding from the Faculty of Medicine or the Liaison Committee (Samarbeidsorganet), the project description that formed the basis for the awarding of grant funds will also be used as a basis for admission to the PhD programme. As a general rule, these project descriptions will not be reassessed by the admissions committee, and the application will be assessed directly by the faculty. The faculty may still request a statement from the admissions committee if deemed necessary.
More about the supervisor statement
The main supervisor must write a statement in which they both recommend the candidate for the project in question and confirm that they are willing to supervise the candidate. In addition, the supervisor's statement should describe the distribution of responsibilities between the various supervisors, and any other relevant information that does is not included in the project description or the application in general.
Division of labor between the supervisors, as well as a reasoned application for up to four supervisors can be submitted as part of the supervisor declaration if necessary.
If there are external supervisors, information about these supervisors’ qualifications and workplace must be stated in the application. Applicants without a Norwegian national identity number must attach a copy of their passport.
In addition to this, the application must also include the candidate’s CV, a supervisor statement from the main supervisor, a project description (identical to the one used for application for funding) and documentation of the necessary ethical approvals of the project.
If the candidate will not have their workplace at UiB, the application must include a plan for fulfilling the residency requirement as described in the Programme description.
How to apply for admission to the PhD programme
There are two ways to obtain funding for a PhD project. The first option is to apply for a university PhD research fellow position. Our vacancies are announced via JobbNorge.
The second option is to obtain external funding, either as a research fellow or another type of position which allows PhD training with a private or public employer. Please note that the funding must both cover your living costs and the costs related to the research project for the entire doctoral training period.