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 to the candidate, and holds the academic and administrative main responsibility for the candidate.

The supervisors will:

  • Help making a plan for completing the PhD  project within the admission period
  • Help formulating and restricting research themes and questions
  • Give guidance on relevant academic literature and data sources 
  • Follow up on the PhD candidate's academic progress in relation to the project plan
  • Discuss and evaluate hypotheses and methods
  • Discuss results and the interpretation of them
  • Discuss the disposition for the PhD thesis
  • Assist in getting in touch with relevant scientific communities
  • Offer guidance in ethical questions connected to the research work and thesis

 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.

Required 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.

Progress assessment and compulsory seminars

Compulsory seminars

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.

Progress report

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


Published 16. December 2014 - 14:31 - Updated 16. October 2018 - 17:24