The PhD programme is a supervised researcher education. PhD candidates receive formal teaching and supervision which provide them with broad scholarly insight both regarding both theory and method as well as a further specialisation which makes them capable of carrying out independent research. The aim of the education is for the candidates to achieve scientific competence at the highest level and to further develop the candidates’ qualifications for research and other work in their respective fields.
The PhD degree is awarded on the basis of
A completed and approved training component
The academic thesis
A doctoral degree trial (a trial lecture and a disputation)
The doctoral degree programme is regulated to 180 credits, equivalent to three years of full-time study.
The training component, which runs parallel to the work with the thesis throughout the entire agreement period, is individual to each PhD candidate and is drawn up in cooperation with the supervisor. The aim of the training component is both that candidates should include broader perspectives into their PhD programme and that the courses of the training component will support the candidates’ work with the thesis both theoretically and methodically. Through courses, seminars and conferences the students will become familiar with scientific thinking and practice, with special emphasis on current and problem-oriented research.
The training component comprises 30 credits and is composed of the following courses/activities:
Subject-related courses and seminars, in total 15 credits (subject-specific and elective)
The candidate’s choice of courses is done in consultation with the supervisor. Elective courses should preferably be taken at UiA or at one of the researcher schools to which the Faculty is linked. Other alternative and relevant courses at other doctoral educations or course providers on a similar level may be approved upon application. For participation in international conferences, PhD candidates may get 3 credits approved. Credits from international conferences must be approved in advance by the supervisor and the leader of the current specialisation.
Each PhD candidate will have both a main supervisor and a co-supervisor.
The candidates will also be included in one of the Faculty’s research groups.
The PhD programme at the Faculty of Humanities and Education have the following specialisations:
Specialisation in literary science
Specialisation in Linguistics
Specialisation in Pedagogy
Specialisation in Religion, Ethics, History and Society
Candidates who have completed a PhD programme in Humanities and Education should achieve the following learning outcomes after completion of the training and submission of the thesis.
After having completed the PhD degree, the candidate will
Have scientific competence at the highest level and be at the forefront of knowledge within his/her academic field
Be able to assess the appropriateness and use of various methods, scientific thinking and research
Be able to contribute through own research to the development of new knowledge
After having completed the PhD degree, the candidate will be able to:
Formulate research questions, and to plan and conduct research and development work within his/her own academic field
Conduct independent research at a high international level
Deal with complex professional issues and challenge established knowledge within his/her academic field
After having completed the PhD degree, the candidate will be able to
Identify relevant research questions and to conduct own research in an independent and ethical manner and with professional integrity.
Manage complex professional and interdisciplinary tasks and projects
Disseminate results from research- and development work through recognised national and international channels
Take part in debates within own academic field in national and international forums
Assess the need for, take the initiative to and conduct innovation work
Working – and assessment methods
Independent research work, participation at national and international conferences with own contributions, seminars and courses, discussions, presentations at PhD seminars.
Each PhD specialisation regularly arranges presentation seminars where candidates present their own work and comment on others’ presentations. Participation in these seminars is compulsory.
The most labour-intensive and challenging part of the doctoral education is to write the thesis. The thesis must be an independent work of research, present new academic knowledge and be at a level which allows it to be published as part of the scientific literature of the field. The thesis may be a monograph or an article-based work.
All PhD candidates at the Faculty of Humanities and Education must complete two seminars: one midway through the programme and the other at the end of the programme.
The working – and assessment methods that will be used in the PhD courses are described in the individual course descriptions.
Leading to degree
The programme leads to the academic degree Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) in Humanities and Education, specialisation in either literary science, linguistics, pedagogy or religion, ethics, history and society.