The PhD programmes at NMBU have a nominal duration of three years full-time study, and consists of the following:
An independent work of research conducted in collaboration with supervisors:
An independent work of research consists of collecting research results, analyses, and scientific publication. The PhD candidate conducts the work in close cooperation with the appointed supervisors. The supervisor group consists of minimum two supervisors and at least one of the supervisors must be employed by NMBU. The main supervisor is the primary contact person for the candidate, and holds the main academic and administrative responsibility for the candidate.
The supervisors will:
- Give guidance on relevant academic literature and data sources
- Follow up on the PhD candidate's academic progress in relation to the project plan
- Offer advice on writing and help narrow down topic and issues
- Discuss and evaluate hypotheses and methods
- Discuss results and the interpretation
- Discuss the disposition for the PhD thesis; structure, form of language, use of sources etc.
- Offer guidance in ethical questions connected to the research work and thesis, like scientific fairness, and Publishing and co-authorship.
If changes are to be made to the supervisory team, application must be made on FORM 2.3. The general rule is that the supervisor may not withdraw from the position until a new supervisor has been appointed.
The approved coursework
The required coursework component is individual and is preferably planned at the time of the application for admission, and at the latest within six months after start-up of the PhD period. For more information please see Coursework.
Participation in active research environments, nationally and internationally
Essential for the research work is that the PhD candidate takes a part in active research environments with senior researchers and other PhD candidates and is involved in cooperation on a national and international level.
Elaboration of a PhD thesis based on the research work
The thesis must be an independent scientific work that fulfils international standards and is of high academic quality in terms of the formulation of research questions, the specification of concepts, the methodological, theoretical and empirical basis, documentation, the use of literature and the form of presentation. The thesis may consist of a monography or a compendium of several scientific works in article form. If the thesis consists of several shorter papers it must also contain an introductory chapter which summarises and compares the research questions and conclusions presented in the shorter works in an overall perspective, and which also documents the coherence of the thesis. The PhD candidate must be the sole author of the summary.
1. It is a good tip to start writing your thesis early. The thesis may consist of a monograph or a compendium of several scientific works in article form. If the thesis consists of several shorter papers, it must also contain an introductory chapter (“Kappe”) which summarises and compares the research questions and conclusions presented in the shorter works in an overall perspective, and which also documents the coherence of the thesis. The PhD candidate must be the sole author of the introductory chapter. The faculties have developed guides on how to write the introductory chapter (“Kappe”). Open your faculty’s guide in the list below:
- Faculty of Biosciences
- Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
- Faculty of Landscape and Society
- Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management - supplementeary material: MINA supplementary material
- Faculty of Science and Technology
- Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (link to document to come)
- School of Economics and Business
2. The NMBU Writing Centre offer guidance and support during the writing process. You may read about the NMBU Writing Centre on this web page: https://www.nmbu.no/en/employees/learning-center/writing
3. We have developed a template you may use when you are about to start your writing process. The template is made in the correct format and size for printing, 17x24 cm, and may be used during the whole writing process up until you submit the thesis for your evaluation, and for printing after it has been approved. The template has been made to fit all disciplines at NMBU. It may be that there are parts of the template that are not required for your thesis, you can then easily change this in your document. Should you wish to organise the different parts within in a different order, it is also something you can do. The title page however, should be unchanged.
A whole PhD thesis can be 3 parts put together:
- The introductory chapter (“Kappen”). Start using the template for this.
- The articles
- Any appendices
Submitting the thesis - information about the template for the PhD thesis
- When you together with your supervisors decide that the thesis (“Kappe”, articles and appendices) are ready to be submitted and sent to the evaluation committee, you will need to sent the 3 parts as individual pdf files to the faculty – The “Kappe”, when it is made in the template, is already in the correct printing size, 17x24 cm. It means that all text, figures and pictures etc. will appear exactly as it was approved when it is printed. Your articles are usually in A4. To prevent technical merging issues it has been decided to leave it to the professional printers to merge the files, as they have the tools required for this.
- Read more about “Submitting the thesis” here: https://www.nmbu.no/en/research/phd/finalisation
Printing the thesis - information about the template for the PhD thesis
- Once the thesis has been approved by the evaluation committee it can be sent to the printer company.
- Send the three pdf files to the printer company who will merge the files to one document and add the cover pages.
- This pdf file is the final thesis, that will be made publicly available before your public defence and to be uploaded to Brage.
Useful notes about the template – read this before your start using the template:
- It is only available in Microsoft Word. Fonts, font sizes and line spacing is set.
- You have to start with selecting language from the first page, Norwegian or English for the title page.
- You can change the content parts of the template (except for the title page), you can headings or change the order of the content parts.
- There are added title and index components in the template to make the work easy and straightforward. It is wise to make adjustments of the components in the text as you go, and to make an extra check once in a while so that you know that they make sense all along.
- Remember to add blank pages where necessary, i.e. after page 2 and 4.
- The tools for Styles in the template have the most relevant styles for your work (under the tab Menu)
- Before you submit your thesis to the faculty, you should send it as a pdf file. The best way to do this, to keep the 17x24 cm format, is to print to pdf. The advantage is that the printed version of your thesis will be as you and the evaluation committee have seen the content before.
The quality assurance of the PhD education shall include a minimum of three fixed seminars during the period of instruction: an introductory seminar, a midway assessment seminar and a final seminar. The midway assessment shall be conducted when the candidate has completed a maximum of two years of the PhD study. The candidate must present his/her work and be evaluated by a group of at least two persons appointed by the faculty. The evaluation team must assess the academic status and progress of the work on the doctoral thesis, and must report its findings on a standard form (FORM 2.4) to the candidate, the supervisory team and the faculty.
The progress reports are to be written by the PhD candidate annually on a standard form (FORM 2.1.1).
Delay of the PhD education
In the event of any delay in the PhD programme, FORM 2.1.2, changes to the contract period must be completed.
The faculties are responsible for the progress report and compulsory seminars and must have routines to follow up any deficiencies detected.