In April 2010, the University Board at UiA voted to establish the University Research Training Committee (Sentralt utvalg for forskerutdanning). The committee is an advisory and executive body of the Board in matters concerning PhD studies at UiA. There are two student members in the University Research Training Committee.
Faculties are responsible for the doctoral programmes. The faculties of UiA are organized in different ways, but each faculty has either a research committee, a research training committee or doctoral programme committees which decide about matters concerning PhD programmes. All the faculties have administrative staff that guide PhD students in administrative and practical matters.
General information about research training
The course of study leading to the doctoral degree qualifies for research activities at a high academic level and for other work in society where a high level of scientific insight is required.
The research training consists of a coursework component and a research work. The research work is written up as a dissertation which can be either a monograph or a collection of several minor works. The dissertation is evaluated by an evaluation committee. After approval of the committee a trial lecture is held and the dissertation is defended in public.
The doctoral degree programme is normally organised so that it can be completed within a three-year research education period. However, the duration of the research training period may sometimes be four years, including 25% duty work.
PhD programmes at UiA
UiA has an increasing range of doctoral programmes: