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PhD Programme in Science


Duration:3 Years
Credits (ECTS):180
Qualification:PhD in Science
Admission requirements:Completed a master's degree
Application deadline:No application deadline, contact Faculty of Science and Technology
Application code:

Programme description

The PhD-program in Science consists of 180 ECTS, where 30 ECTS is the instruction component and 150 ECTS is the thesis (research project) itself. The trial lecture and public defence are counted as parts of the thesis.

The thesis is the main focus of the education.The thesis is to be an independent piece of academic research that meets international standards of ethics, scholarship and method in its field. Through the thesis, the student will contribute to the development of new knowledge, and the thesis shall be at a level meriting publication as part of the scientific literature in the field.

The thesis can be a monograph or a collection of several smaller research papers - an anthology. Such collections must have a connection between the various components, and the connection must be explained in a summary.

The instruction component for PhD students in Science must contain courses equivalent to 30 ECTS, comprising 20-27 ECTS in the field of mathematics and natural science, 3-6 ECTS in philosophy of science and ethics, and if desired, 4-7 ECTS in transferable skills. All courses must be on PhD level (8000 courses). The maximum amount of ECTS allowed for philosophy of science and ethics and transferable skills is thus 10 ECTS.

For candidates with projects relating to didactics, the instruction component must containt courses equivalent to 30 ECTS, comprising 20-27 ECTS in mathematics and natural science and/or subject didactics, 3-6 ECTS in philosophy of science and ethics, and if desired, 4-7 ECTS in transferable skills.

The following types of courses may be included in the instruction component:

It is expected that all candidates present their research project and their work at conferences and/or at seminars. Presentations such as a lecture or a poster will not be credited with ECTS.

Learning outcomes

A candidate who has completed his/her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


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Teaching and assessment

The courses included in the instruction component will have different exams and types of grading. This will be announced in all course descriptions. Special curriculums are always graded pass/fail.

The instruction component must be completed and approved prior to submission of the thesis.

The thesis will be evaluated by a committee of at least three members. If the thesis is found worthy of defence, the candidate is required to give a trial lecture on a given topic. When the trial lecture is approved, the candidate will publically defend his/her thesis.

All PhD courses at the Faculty are taught in English, and the thesis should preferably be written in English.

Exchange possibilities

PhD students in Science hired on a 4-year contract by the University of Tromsø, or financed through sources not giving the opportunity to study abroad may apply for funds from the Faculty. The application deadline is October 1 annually.

To be considered for the grant, a plan of the research stay must be included when applying. Students in their 2nd or 3rd year are qualified for the grant.

Students that wish to attend courses at other universities, national or international, may apply for funding for their attendances. The course cannot be similar to one taught at UiT.