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Kristiansand

Upon completion of the education, the candidate will:

Knowledge

  • be in the academic forefront in his/her subject area and be able to apply critical perspectives and methods that can contribute to a broad understanding of his/her subject area
  • be able to assess the appropriateness and application of scientific thought and practice
  • be able to contribute to the development of new knowledge and be widely oriented about the methodological options and their requirements and limitations so that he/she is able to justify choices made in connection with the dissertation

Skills

 

  • be able to handle complex academic and scientific questions and challenge established knowledge in his/her field
  • be able to formulate problems, plan and carry out research and professional development work in the candidate's scientific field
  • be able to offer teaching and supervision in his/her field above master's level
  • be able to take part in national and international discussions in his/her scientific field

 

General competence

  • be able to disseminate the results of research and development
  • be able to identify relevant ethical problems and carry out his/her research with professional integrity
  • be able to manage complex interdisciplinary tasks and projects
  • be able to assess the need for innovation as well as initiate and lead it
  • have achieved qualifications for research and other work which demands high academic standards, insight and competence within his/her scientific field

Admission requirements

To be admitted into the PhD programme, the applicant must have second degree education (Master's degree or equivalent) from a Norwegian or foreign university or university college in a subject area which is considered relevant for the research and teaching at the faculty.

This may include

1. the faculty’s own 120 ECTS Master´s programmes,

2. other similar Master´s programmes from other institutions,

or

3. other educations which the faculty considers to be equivalent.

 

Regulations related to the the degree philosophiae doctor (PhD) at UiA as well as supplementary regulations regarding the programme in health and sport sciences have been implemented. These further define requirements concerning the application and completion of the PhD programme. See https://www.uia.no/en/research/phd-programmes/regulations-related-to-phd-at-uia

Programme structure

Coursework component i the PhD-programme in Health and Sport Sciences: 

Course code

Course title

ECTS

Required courses:

 

 

EX-602

Philosophy of Science - a common course for all PhD-programmes at University of Agder - collection based and is offered autumn 2019 in Kristiansand: thursday-friday in the weeks: 36 (5th -6 th Sept.), 39 (26th - 27th Sept.), 43 (24th-25th Okt.) and 46 (14th-15th Nov.) 

5

ME-617

Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis - course coordinator: Liv Fegran. The course will be offered in week 36 (Sept. 2. - 4.) 2019, in Kristiansand. 

2,5

ME-618 

or

 ME-626

Qualitative Research Methods Course coordinator:  Bjørn Tore Johansen The course will be offered in week 42 (Oct. 14.- 18.) 2019 in Grimstad.

or

General Quantitative Research Methods * 

Course coordinator: Bjørge Herman Hansen. The is planned to be offered in january 2020.

We also offer smaller specialization courses in different statistical methods.  

ME-627 Logistic Regression Analysis, 2,5 sp. The course is planned to be offered autumn 2019.  

ME-628 Regression Models Illustrated Through Linear Regression, 2,5 sp. The course has been offered 27th - 29th May 2019, and is planned to be offered again spring 2020.

ME-629 Analysis and Design of Studies with Repeated Measures, 2,5 sp. The course is planned to be offered autumn 2019. 

ME-630 Survival Analysis, 2,5 sp. The course is planned to be offered autumn 2019.

5

ME-624

Research Dissemination. Course coordinator: Åshild Slettebø. The course is also a meeting place for the PhD-candidates, and is offered continuously every semester. Spring 2019: 13th Febr. (Grm), 26th March (Krs) and 14th May (Krs). Autumn 2019: August 29 (KRS), October 10 (GRM) and December 10 (KRS). 

7,5

Elective courses:

 

 

HEL600

Critical Perspectives on Health Challenges and Health Promotion Course coordinator: Kristin Haraldstad. The course will be offered Spring 2020. 

5

HEL613

Evidence Based Physical Activity Course coordinator: Bjørge Herman Hansen. The course is new and will be offered in week 19 (6th-10th mai) 2019. The course might be offered again spring 2020. 

5

HEL603

Health Behavior Change and Evaluation of Health Promoting Programmes Course coordinator: Tonje Holte Stea. The course will be offered spring 2021. 

5

HEL605

Phenomenological Approach to Mental Health Course coordinator: Inger Beate Larsen. The course will be offered autumn 2020. 

5

HEL606

Recovery in Mental Health and Substance Abuse – Perspectives and Practices Course coordinator: Inger Beate Larsen. The course will be offered spring 2021. 

5

HEL607

Innovation and Improvement in Community Health Care Services – Research Possibilities and Challenges Course coordinator: Solveig Thorbjørnsen Tomstad. The course will be offered spring 2021. 

5

HEL608

Dialogical and Collaborative Practices – Ontology, Epistemology, and Methodology Course coordinator:  Tore Dag Bøe. The course will be offered autumn 2019, in week 49 (Dec. 2.-5.), in Grimstad.  

5

HEL609

Research in eHealth and Health Information Systems Course coordinator: Santiago Martinez / Mariann Fossum. The course will be offered in week 9 (27th-28th Febr. and 1st March) and contiued in week 13 (25th and 26th March) 2019. The course might be offered again spring 2020. 

5

HEL610

Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Course coordinator: Nina Cecilie Øverby. The course will be offerd spring 2020.

5

HEL611

Nutritional Epidemiology Course coordinator: Nina Cecilie Øverby The course is offered in week 21 (20th-24th May) 2019 in Kristiansand. The course is planned to be offered again spring 2021.

5

*ME-618 Qualitative Research Methods or ME-626 General Quantitative Research Methods. If both these courses are needed one of them (optionally two of the smaller specialization courses in statistic methods) may be approved as an elective course.

Description

The PhD programme at the Faculty of Health and Sport Science covers all of the faculty's subject areas.

The professional spesialisation takes place in the course of the project through supervision and choice of courses

 

The aim of the programme is to offer research education within the faculty's thematic research areas. These areas can be divided into public health science, nursing science, psychosocial health, nutrition science, and sport science. Although these are different disciplines they are all related. A link between the different disciplines is the human being and its (physical, psychological and social) potential for health, development and/or achievement. Independent of disipline, all research projects has a foundation in empiricism, and both qualitative and/or quantitative data are explored with appropriate research methods.

 

With this background, we offer a faculty PhD programme which comprises the faculty's professional interests. An outline of the research that is being carried out at the faculty is found here. The programme contains mandatory courses with a general approach: Philosophy of science, research dissemination, qualitative and/or quantitative research methods and systematic literature analysis. In these more general courses candidates are expected to use their own scientific subjects and themes as background for their work with course tasks, assignments, and presentations. In addition to the general, required courses candidates may choose freely between different more subject-specific courses. It is also possible to follow courses at equivalent level at other institutions.

 

 

Details on the coursework component

The contents of the programme consist of a coursework component of 30 ECTS points, where 20 ECTS points are required courses, and a PhD dissertation of 150 ECTS points, with a total of three years full-time work.

 

The coursework component is planned in parallel to the development of the dissertation throughout the entire study programme. The courses will be held regularly and whenever needed. The courses will generally be taught in English,but may be given in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. The coursework component will support work on the dissertation, as well as contribute to the necessary academic depth and breadth. The candidate must plan for the completion of the coursework component in consultation with their supervisor(s). The candidate is responsible for signing up for the courses. The course ME-624 Research dissemination runs through the full PhD period, and it is also a social meeting point for the PhD candidates. The candidates are automatically registered for this course. External courses may make up a part of the coursework, but these must be approved by the faculty upon application. For procedures for registering for courses and approval of external courses, see Canvas.

 

The candidate is encouraged to study abroad during the coursework period. 

Teaching methods

The majority of the workload will consist of independent supervised work regarding the research project, most often as part of a research group. The candidate and supervisor must submit progress reports annually in accordance with the PhD regulations.

 

Regarding the different courses work forms will vary between seminars, lectures, tasks related to individual projects, individual counceling, group work and discussions, practical exercises, candidate presentations with fellow opponents and self study. For more information please confer the course descriptions.

Assessment methods

Various types of assessment are used, such as take-home examinations, essays, oral presentations, and oral examinations. See the course descriptions for more detailed information.

The requirements for the dissertation and rules for the assessment of the dissertation are provided in the regulations for the PhD degree at the University of Agder and supplementary regulations for the PhD programme in Health and Sport Sciences.

Professional and occupational prospects

Candidates holding a PhD degree in Health- and Sport Science are qualified for teaching and research positions in universities and higher education institutions as well as in private/public sectors and organisations.

 

The PhD degree provides competence also relevant in private business and public management, especially in areas with great demands in the ability to acquire new knowledge, to work independently and goal-oriented and to be able to plan and think critically and analytically.

Degree awarded

The study programme leads to the degree Philosophiae doctor (PhD) in Health and Sports Sciences.