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Requirements for admission

§ 6 of the PhD regulations and the faculty regulations describe formal requirements in order to be admitted to PhD programmes. To be admitted, the student must have sufficent university education, good grades and be able to document adequate proficiency in English. In addition, there is a requirement for sufficent funding.

Length of study

Admission to PhD requires that the candidate has at least 5 years of university education, comparable to 300 ECTS.

  • 3-year bachelor degree (180 ECTS) and 2-year master degree (120 ECTS)
  • 5-year intergrated masters degree (300 ECTS)
  • Other educations that are evaluated to be of equal extent and length


Foreign educations

Candidates with a foreign education will be subjected to an evaluation whether the educational background is equal to higher Norwegian education. The faculty uses national guidelines according to Nokuts country database and the GSU-list. Applicants from many countries will have to document additional higher education in order to be admitted. Depending on which country, one or two additional years of university education may be required, e.g. 4 years bachelor degree and two years masters degree.


90 ECTS masters degrees

In several countries the standard length of the masters degree is 1.5 years or 90 ECTS. The faculty may admit such candidates to PhD programmes if they comply with the faculty regulations to complete an additional 30 ECTS  within the first year after admission to a PhD program. To qualify for admission the candidate may

  • Write a thesis of 30 credits subjected to oral examination
  • Write an article that is publishes, accepted or submitted to a peer-reviewed scientific journal. The scientific work sjall be presented in a relevant forum and an external examiner shall evaluate the quality of the work
  • Completing addidional relevant master cousrse
  • Special syllabus that is credited according to § 15 of the faculty supplementary provisions




Grade requirements applies both to the master thesis as well as courses part of the masters degree. The minimum requirements are:

  • Grade C or better on the masters degree
  • Grade C or better on courses that are part of the masters degree. A grade lower than C in one course may be compensated by a higher grade than C in another course.

For foreign students where the grading system differ from the Norwegian, an approximate assessment will be carried out. If the applicant has two subjects with the grade D or lower, the person concerned is not qualified for admission.  


English language proficiency

Documentation of sufficient English Language proficiency is required in order to be admitted to PhD studies. Requirements are either fulfilled by formal education or by obtaining a high enough score on a international recognized tests.

Applicants from Nordic countries, English speeking countries and some other countries are excempted from providing a test. The GSU-list, with notes, informs which countries that are excempted from English tests. In addition, if the masters thesis has been written in English and English has been used as language of instruction in the masters programme, English tests are not generally required.

A detailed list of  various criteria to qualify for English language proficiency can be found here.


Funding of PhD

Admission to organised PhD programs at UiT requires sufficient funding. For PhD students employed at UiT all financial aspects are usually taken care of. UiT funded PhDs are either funded by UiT or externally funded by projects (NFR, EU and other funding instruments).

External PhD, i.e. fellows with a different employer than UiT, can be asked to provide documentation that the PhD is adequately funded. The PhD regulation states that the funding should be similar to costs of UiT funded PhDs. Funding shall cover salary costs, operating costs and overhead to the faculty.



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