The PhD programme in natural sciences embraces diciplines like marine and terrestric biology, ecology, biotechnology, genetics, physiology, immunology, food science, and resource biology and management, as well as fishery and aqua culture technology.
In order to become a PhD student you have to apply for a research fellow position that is advertised and get employed, or be employed at an external institution that wil fund the PhD study.
The doctoral fellow positions are advertised on Jobbnorge.no and euraxess.
The PhD programme in natural sciense is 180 ECTS and consists of an instruction component (30 ECTS) and a research project that shall result in a thesis (150 ECTS).
The research project constitutes the main part of the study and is conducted under supervision of two or more supervisors. Often the PhD project is part of a larger research project and you will gain support from other research colleagues as well.
The instruction component consists of courses and the composition is individually adjusted. It is manadatory with a course in philosophy of science and ethics, and we recommend that you take SVF-8600 Philosophy of Science and Ethics (6 ECTS) to meet this requirement.
At the end of the study the candidate shal give a trial lecture on an assigned topic and defend the thesis in a public defence.
PhD students employed at the university have 25% duty work in addition. The duty work is mainly teaching, but it can be other tasks as outreach, recruitment and administrative work.
Candidates who have completed the PhD programme in natural science at BFE-fak shall have the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills and general competence:
Knowledge – the candidate
Skills – the candidate
General competence - the candidate
A doctoral degree qualifies for high positions in business life, management, higher education and research
Accomplishment of a 3-year Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) and a 2-year Master's degree (120 ECTS) or a 5-year integrated Master's degree (300 ECTS), or equivalent educations in terms of volume and duration. For applicants with education from other countries than Norway, NOKUT’s GSU-list and land database will be used to evaluate if the education can be equalised to Norwegian higher education.
Candidates who have completed a 90 ECTS Master's degree, may qualify for admission by
Applicants from many countries must document sufficient English language proficiency equivalent to university admission certification. This can be documented by:
Admission is contingent on the availability of adequate funding, which as a general rule covers personnel and running costs, and overhead for a doctoral fellow position. For part-time students, it is required that a minimum of 50 % of the student’s working time may be spent on the doctoral degree programme.
When you apply for a research fellow position at the university, you are evaluated for admission to the PhD programme simultaneously and given a temporarly admission at the time of employment. The applicant has to apply for a final admission within 6 weeks after being employed.
The PhD work is carried out under the supervision and shall result in a thesis
Forms of instruction in the PhD courses varies between diciplines, but the most common are lectures, seminars, and teaamwork, but some courses also include laboratory work, cruices and field work.
About halfway into the study, a mid-term evaluation shall take place.
The instruction component needs to be completed and approved before the thesis can be submitted for evaluation. If the thesis is found worthy of a public denfence, the candidate shall give a trial lecture on an assigned topic. When the candidate has given the trial lecture and got it approved, he / she is going to defend the thesis in a public defence.