Supplementary regulations for the PhD degree at the Faculty of Social Sciences
Adopted by the University Research Committee at the University of Agder 11.6.2015 The numbered sections refer to the corresponding sections in the Regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at the University of Agder.
To § 5 Admission
To § 5.1 Conditions for admission
Applicants for the PhD programme must hold a higher degree (Master’s degree or equivalent qualifications) in a relevant subject area from a Norwegian or foreign university or college. The degree must normally comprise a minimum of 90 ECTS credits in the relevant subject area the PhD candidate is admitted to. At least 30 of these ECTS credits should be from the 4 th and 5th year of study. All applicants are required to document sufficient previous knowledge in social-scientific methodology.
Other educational background or prior learning and work experience considered by the Faculty to be equal to the above requirements with respect to scope, level and content may also qualify for admission.
If the Faculty is of the opinion that the applicant lacks the required knowledge within the relevant subject area or within social-scientific methodology, applicants may be required to take additional exams at a lower level, or will be given a reading list and be tested by writing a paper that must be approved, or by taking an oral exam. In the event of insufficient previous knowledge at the time of admission, the required previous knowledge shall normally be tested and approved in the course of the first six months after admission. Required additional exams, if any, do not involve any extension of the agreed time frame.
Generally, an applicant should not be considered for admission to the PhD programme if he/she has an average mark for modules in the relevant subject area lower than B, a mark for graduate modules lower than B, or a mark for his/her Master’s degree thesis or equivalent lower than B.
In individual cases, the application may still be considered if the PhD committee finds the documentation presented to indicate that the applicant will be able to successfully complete the PhD programme.
The project description should normally not exceed 10 pages.
The PhD committee may decide to interview the applicants.
The PhD candidate is expected to be present at the University of Agder during the course of the programme unless otherwise agreed. Details of the residency requirement shall be provided in the agreement, and it is the responsibility for the supervisors to ensure compliance with this requirement.
To § 8 Organized academic training
The training component is specific to the specialization the PhD candidate is admitted to, or accepted at admission for those admitted outside a specialisation. Details on the training component are found in the curriculum and course descriptions.
For examination or assessment of the training component a pass or fail is awarded. A pass indicates a high academic level, equivalent to a grade B.
Each candidate’s individual training component is subject to approval by the PhD committee. On the basis of an application, the PhD committee may allow a candidate to replace single courses offered by the University of Agder by relevant courses from other institutions.
To § 13.1 Submission of the dissertation
The PhD candidate must submit an application to the Faculty to have his/her dissertation evaluated. The application should be accompanied by an electronic copy of the dissertation (PDF). If the dissertation is found to be worthy of defence, 40 copies of the dissertation will be printed prior to the defence.
To §14 Appointment of evaluation committee
The Faculty shall appoint an evaluation committee, including opponents, on the basis of proposals from the PhD committee.