Supplementary regulations for the PhD programme at the Faculty of Humanities and Education
Adopted by the Central Research Education Committee at the University of Agder 27 November 2012 with statutory basis in the PhD regulations at the University of Agder. The numbering refers to the corresponding sections in the University of Agder PhD regulations.
To section 5, Admission
The applicant’s formal competence
In order to be admitted to the PhD programme the applicant must have a postgraduate degree in one of the subject areas required by the current specialization.
Literary science: a master’s degree in literary science (general or one of the national languages), or an education deemed equivalent by the faculty
Pedagogy: a master’s degree in Pedagogy or an education deemed equivalent by the faculty.
Religion, ethics,History and society: a master’s degree in religion, theology, sociology, philosophy, history or ethics, or an education deemed equivalent by the faculty. Applicants must be able to document the necessary prerequisite knowledge of methods in social science and within the subject area of the thesis.
Linguistics: a master’s degree in linguistics (general linguistics or one of the national languages), or an education deemed equivalent by the faculty.
The general admission requirement is grade B or above on the master’s thesis or 2.5 (laudabilis) on a thesis at the second degree level (hovedfagsoppgave).
Application and admission
Based on a proposal from the current PhD committee, the faculty board discusses and decides the application in accordance with current regulations. After a proposal from the PhD committee, the faculty appoints one or more supervisors from the candidate’s chosen subject area. The faculty must also ensure that the necessary material resources are available. The candidate, in cooperation with the supervisor, must develop a more comprehensive project description than the one submitted with the application. This project description must be approved by the supervisor(s), normally within three months after admission.
To section 6, The PhD contract
The contract is to be signed by the candidate, the supervisor(s) and the Dean of the faculty.
Any substantial changes to the content of the agreement must be approved by the faculty subsequent to a proposal from the PhD committee of the current specialisation.
The PhD contract for admission has a maximum duration of five years.
To section 7, Supervision
The faculty appoints one or more supervisors based on a proposal from the PhD committee of the current specialisation. The primary supervisor should normally be an UiA employee. The PhD committee is responsible for follow-up in relation to the candidates. The candidate and the supervisor submit an annual report on progression.
The PhD programme is a supervised research education which requires that the candidate is present at the university unless specific circumstances call for leave of absence.
To section 8, the PhD programme
The course-and training component
The aim of the doctoral programme is to continue the scholarly and scientific training of the postgraduate programmes and to bring the candidate to the forefront of the research in his/her subject area. Primarily this is achieved through the thesis work and through active participation in the course and training component.
One the one hand the purpose of the training is to support the candidate’s work with the dissertation, especially concerning basic research issues and questions of theory and method. However, the purpose is also to enhance the candidates’ general level of scholarly information as a preparation for a continuing academic career.
Overall responsibility for teaching activities lies with the Faculty of Humanities and Pedagogy. It is desirable that each PhD candidate should be able to set up an individually adapted programme. National and international research courses at PhD level provided by recognised academic environments may be included the course and training component.
Candidates who spend most of their PhD education abroad must give an account of courses taken abroad and may apply to the Faculty of Humanities and Pedagogy by way of the Research Education Committee for recognition of these courses as part of the course and training component.
The course and training component is equivalent to 30 ECTS credits (one semester). A detailed description of the contents, documentation requirements and terms for the course-and training component may be found in the programme description for each specialisation. The faculty research education committee deals with applications for recognition of scholarly dissemination/ research dissemination activities, and external courses as part of the course and training component. The committee will also give the final approval of each candidate’s individual course and training component.
The course and training component includes a compulsory final seminar to be attended when 10% of the scholarship period remains.
To section 10, The PhD thesis
The level and scope of work shall be the same, regardless of whether the thesis is a monograph, or is article-based. An article-based thesis shall normally include at least three sections (articles), plus a connecting text. At least one article should have been accepted for publishing, preferably by an international, refereed journal. Co-authorship may result in a higher number of sections being required. In the case of co-authorship, the independent contribution of the candidate in question must be clarified through written declarations from the co-authors. The candidate must be the sole author of at least one section. Article-based theses shall have a text which binds them together, and which can be placed either at the start, or otherwise frame the articles by appearing before and after them. This part, also known as the “summary article”, shall render visible the entire scope of, and interrelationship between, the different sections of the thesis, and addresses themes which are not otherwise easy to place within the articles themselves, such as theoretical, methodological, and research ethics-related reflections – particularly if these are scarcely dealt with in the articles. The summary article shall also present and summarise the contributions that the thesis makes to the research field in question. The summary article is to include updates from the field if this is necessary, according to when the articles were completed. The scope of the summary article will normally be 40-70 pages, and the candidate must be its sole author.
To section 13, Submission
An application for assessment should be sent to the faculty accompanied by five copies of the thesis. If the thesis is found worthy of a public defence, 50 additional copies must be submitted.
To section 14, Appointment of an Assessment Committee
The faculty appoints an assessment committee based on a proposal from the PhD committee of the current specialisation.
To section 16, Faculty procedures related to the assessment committee’s report
The faculty board discusses the assessment committee’s proposal subsequent to a proposal from the PhD committee of the specialisation. The Dean may approve a committee’s proposal when there is a unanimous conclusion that the candidate is recommended for public defence.
To section 18, Public availability of the thesis
The candidate must submit a summary of the thesis. If the thesis is written in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, the summary must be in English. If the thesis is written in a non-Scandinavian language, the summary must be in Norwegian.