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Training component

The training component at the Faculty of Social Sciences must involve activities equivalent to at least 30 ects credits, i.e. the training component will be equivalent to at least six months’ work. The training component for candidates at the Department of Economics consists of 60 ects credits. The programme description for the training component was item for decision of the Faculty Board of 11 December 2018.

The programme description for the training component

Objective, content and scope

Objective
The PhD education at the Faculty of Social Sciences shall qualify graduates for research and other work requiring high standards of scientific insight. As part of the education, the PhD candidate must complete advanced training in academic context, methodology and theory that will provide academic support and guidance for the candidate’s thesis work, a foundation for an independent, reflective relationship to the subject, and academic depth and breadth. During the PhD period, candidates shall also receive training in the dissemination of research results to colleagues, students and the general public.

Content and scope
The training component at the Faculty of Social Sciences shall consist of the following compulsory components:

  • Philosophy and Etichs of Social Sciences, 7,5-10 ects credits
  • Methodology, at least 5 ects credits
  • Academic theory, at least 5 ects credits
  • Academic dissemination, 3-5 ects credits

In total, the training component must comprise at least 30 credits. The training component for candidates affiliated with the Department of Economics comprises 60 credits and more fixed course requirements.

Philosophy and Etichs of Social Sciences
The Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) at the University of Bergen is responsible for the teaching in the Philosophy and Etichs of Social Sciences. All candidates must complete the Faculty’s general course, or be able to document and have approved a similar course at another university in Norway or abroad. Courses taken outside the University of Bergen must be approved by the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT).

Methodology and academic theory
It is recommended that candidates take the methodology and theory courses that are most relevant to their work on the thesis, but they can also take courses that develop their general methodological and theoretical competencies.

Academic dissemination
Academic dissemination must constitute at least 3 credits (approximately 2 weeks of full-time work) and shall include: 

  • participation in at least one national or international conference with presentation of results from own research.

One conference is mandatory, but will not alone cover the requirement for 3 credits. In addition, a selection of the following activities may be approved:

  • Lecture on the topic of the thesis outside the candidate’s own workplace
  • Popular scientific publication in the candidate’s own field (article, guest article, lecture, etc.)
  • Other activities that provide training in academic dissemination of own work

Elective courses in the training component
Within the framework of the Faculty’s programme description, the candidate may choose which courses and activities are to be included, but the training component must be planned in consultation with the candidate’s supervisor, and the choice of courses must be clarified in advance with the person responsible for the academic content of the PhD education at the department the candidate is affiliated with.

The candidate can take PhD courses at the University of Bergen or at other institutions that offer PhD courses that the department can approve, in Norway or abroad. If courses from institutions other than the University of Bergen do not carry credits, the department will stipulate the number of credits to be awarded in line with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, where one credit represents a workload of 27–30 hours.

In subjects where no suitable courses exist in Norway or abroad, individual courses may be approved as part of the training component. The course must be pre-approved by the department and Faculty.

It is recommended that the training component be completed in the first part of the PhD education.

Other activities
Most departments expect PhD candidates to participate in other activities that do not provide credits, including PhD seminars and research seminars. In addition, the Faculty will regularly offer seminars in academic writing and careers planning.

Requirements for approval of the training component

The Faculty undertakes the final approval of the training component. The training component must meet the following requirements:

  • The training component shall normally be conducted after admission or appointment to a PhD fellowship
  • Courses taken five years or more before admission to a PhD programme will not usually be approved. At least 20 out of 30 credits must be completed after admission
  • The training component may not consist exclusively of master’s degree courses. Courses at the master’s degree level with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent, can be approved as part of the training component in the PhD education, provided they were not included in the candidate’s previous education as part of a degree. These kinds of courses must be pre-approved by the person responsible for the academic content of the PhD education at the department. The application must be submitted to the department at least three weeks before the deadline for enrolment. NOTE: On completion of the course, a PhD candidate’s participation will normally yield less credits than for master’s students (a 25% reduction)
  • Courses at the 100 and 200 level cannot be approved as part of the training component
  • All courses taken outside the University of Bergen must be documented in the form of a certified copy of the course certificate

The training component must be approved before the thesis is submitted.

Courses at the faculty

Most PhD courses arranged by the Faculty of Social Sciences is accessible for registration via Studentweb.

There is a general overview of the courses offered and other academic activities under Courses and seminars

Once a course has been completed, it will appear as approved in Studentweb. Normally it will also appear as a part of the training component (method or theory). If completed faculty courses are not included in the training component, contact the administrative officer at your Department.

Approval of external courses

External courses (courses arranged by other faculties or institutions) may be approved in the training component upon application. Documentation must be attached to the application to the Faculty after completion of the course. The application is processed by the department in accordance with the advance clearance and approved by the Faculty.

  • All courses taken outside the University of Bergen must be documented with a course certificate
  • If the activity is not weighted in the form of credits, the candidate must attach the programme and, as applicable, reading list. The department will then determine how many credits the activity can be assigned

Electronic form for approval of the external courses

On completion of the approval round, the PhD candidate will receive a separate decision document from the department, and the course will appear as approved in Studentweb.

Approval of academic dissemination

Once the dissemination component is considered complete (check requirements in Objective, content and scope), all the activities are entered in the electronic form. Activities must be documented by means of a certificate of participation, course programme (for lectures), a copy of the book or article cover, etc. The documents must be attached to the application, which will be processed by the department.

Form for approval of the dissemination component

On completion of the approval round, the PhD candidate will receive a separate decision document from the department, and the dissemination component will be displayed as approved in Studentweb.

Application form

Use this form to apply for approval of completed external courses and for approval of academic dissemination (when you consider that the requirement for at least 3 credits has been met).

External courses are all courses offered at other Uib faculties or at other educational institutions (domestic and abroad). Also use the form for applying for Master's courses (more information under Requirements for approval of the training component).

Form for approval of external courses and academic dissemination in the doctoral education

PhD on track

PhD on Track is a resource for PhD students who want to learn more about information- and literature for research purposes, and about how to publish research.

Do you have an IT account? 

All PhD candidates must have an UiB IT account (sebra account). With an account you get an e-mail address, and access to UiB's computer systems, Mitt UiB and library resources.