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Research Programme at the Faculty of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers Student Research Programmes in medicine, dentistry and psychology.

The Faculty of Health Sciences at UiT admits students to the Student Research Programme in Psychology, Medicine or Dentistry in each academic year. Applications consist of an application letter of approximately one page in length, in which students describe themselves and their motivation for pursuing research. The application letter and a CV should be sent to Forskerlinjen@helsefak.uit. Should you have questions about the admission process, please contact Heidi Solberg.

Application deadline

The deadline for submitting applications for the Student Research Programme in Psychology is March 1 in each year. Students from the bachelor’s study programme should apply in the Spring semester of their last study year. Students from the clinical study programme can apply in the Spring semester of their 2nd or 3rd study years. 

Students should apply for specific research projects that have been developed by potential supervisors from the Department of Psychology at UiT.

Projects will be distributed among successful candidates based on their preferences and competence for each project.

Required qualifications
The Student Research Programme in Psychology is available for students in the clinical study programme or master’s in psychology study programmes at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. In order to apply for admission to the Student Research Programme in Psychology, it is required that students have passed all examinations from previous courses of their study programmes at the time of application. The grade requirement is C on average on previous courses, and preferably better than C in methods/statistics courses.

The application consists of an application letter of approximately one page in length, in which students describe themselves, their motivation for pursuing research, and name the research project they wish to work on. Please attach a CV and relevant certificates. Applications should be sent by email to

Admission interview
All applicants for the Student Research Programme will be scheduled for an interview. The purpose of the interview is to assess the candidate’s suitability for conducting research, with special emphasis on competence and motivation.

The admission committee consists of:

  • members of the Student Research Programme in Psychology committee
  • potential supervisors of the project of choice
  • a student representative
  • a representative of the administration office at the Faculty of Health Sciences

Admission to the Student Research Programme

Should students be found eligible for admission to the Student Research Programme, they will be offered a conditional admission. Offers are sent out no later than April 1 each year. This will be followed by close collaborative work between the student and at least one co-supervisor to prepare a satisfactory project description. The final project description and progress plan should be submitted by May 1. If the deadline is not met, the offer of permanent admission to the Student Research Programme will be withdrawn.

For applicants in the final year of their bachelor's study programme, it is required that they are admitted to the master's study programme in psychology at UiT. Final admission to the Student Research Programme will be granted after July 20.


Requirements for the project description

The description of the research project must be up to 10 pages (Times New Roman, font size 12, 1.5 line spacing). The description must specify the topic, aims and choice of method of the project. The project description must contain a progress plan with milestones concerning the various parts of the research project.

The project description should contain the following key aspects of the project:

  • Context of the research topic: A short summary of what has been done in the research field at the time of application (state of knowledge).
  • Research aims must be clearly specified.
  • Theory, methods and analyses: It should be justified that the planned theoretical approaches and methods are well-suited for answering the problem, or that there are good reasons to expect that the necessary approaches or methods will be developed. Analytical methods, such as statistical approaches that are suitable for assessing the relevance/significance of research results, must be described.
  • Ethical assessment: Issues concerning research ethics associated with the project must be described. In addition, it should be evaluated whether the project requires ethics approval in accordance with sections 9 and 10 of the Health Research Act (Helseforskningslovens) or sections 31 and 32 of the Personal Data Act (Personopplysningslovens). Documentation of approval should be attached to the description or be submitted later, upon receipt.
  • Economic overview: Anticipated costs of the project must be provided. In addition, it should be assessed whether these costs can be covered by the project's financial conditions.
  • Time perspective: It must be explained how the project can be finalized within the timeframe of the Student Research Programme.

Final project descriptions will be assessed and approved by admission committee. If necessary, the admission committee can seek additional information about the project from the supervisor. If a disagreement arises, the vice dean for research education or an assigned relevant person must decide whether the project meets the necessary quality standards.

Requirements for the supervisor

Main supervisors for the Student Research Programme must be employed at the Faculty of Health Sciences, UiT. When the student is granted final admission to the Student Research Programme, a contract regarding supervision must be signed between the student and the supervisor.


Supervision contract

Upon final admission, a contract on supervision must be signed by all parties to secure duties and rights between the student, supervisor(s) and the faculty.

The contract shall clarify responsibilities, as well as ensure the rights of both parties. The supervision contract must state, among other things, which courses, seminars and presentations are to be included in the student's plan for the training part.

The deadline for signing the supervision contract and sending it to the administration is September 1, the first semester after the student has been formally admitted to the Student Research Programme in Psychology.

The Student Research Programme in Psychology, Medicine or Dentistry amounts to 120 credits (ECTs) in addition to the student's ordinary study program.

The student must actively participate in the associated research environment and receive basic training in theory and methods that is necessary to be able to work on the research project.

During the period, the student must work on a research article that amounts to 90 ECTs, and obtain 30 credits at PhD level (instruction component). The instruction component consists of compulsory and optional courses. The instruction component of the Student Research Programme follows the same requirement as the requirement for the PhD, and is regulated by the current curriculum for the PhD programme. You will find more information about the training part for PhD and Student Research Programme students here.

After requirements for the instruction component have been met, students should send an email to phd@helsefak.uit and ask for a confirmation about the completed instruction component.

Study plan - Student Research Programme in Psychology

At the end of their studies, students have to take a written and an oral exam. The written exam will be the submission of their published/submitted paper (written in English, with the candidate being either first or second author, published in or submitted to an international peer-reviewed scientific journal).

The published article or the manuscript should be closely related to the research activity of the student that took place within their work in the Student Research Programme.

In case the student cannot submit a published article or submitted manuscript as the written part of the final exam, the exam can be submitted as a finished manuscript that is ready for submission to a journal.

In addition to the written part, students have to take an oral exam in which they present their research project and then answer questions from the exam committee, consisting of an external and an internal opponent. 

Both exams will be graded with pass/fail.

The Faculty of Health Sciences has position(s) for applicants who wish to take the degree of philosophiae doctor (PhD). A prerequisite for being offered the positions is that the applicant has completed the Student Research Programme in Psychology, Medicine or Dentistry at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

The positions are available from August each year and are valid for up to 2 years.


Students can receive up to NOK 200,000 as scholarship. In addition, they can receive up to two summer scholarships NOK 66,000 in total. Scholarships are not taxable.

Travel expenses

During their study period, students can apply for reimbursement of academic travel expenses of up to NOK 20,000. The funds do not cover the cost of food during the stay. The application together with travel invoice, receipts and confirmation from supervisor should be sent to the administration after the end of the trip.

The State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen)

The Student Research Programme at the Faculty of Health Sciences is eligible for applications for the Loan Fund. Students can apply to the Loan Fund for grants and loans, as well as financial support during the summer semesters. You can find out more about the Loan Fund’s support scheme here. Please note that the Loan Fund provides support for higher education for a total of 8 years.

Operating costs

The supervisor shall agree with the student on how the funds will be used. The operating fund can, for example, be used for purchasing a PC, research material or other necessary equipment that is needed for the student to complete the project. Funds must be used in accordance with UiT's procurement regulations.

The supervisor will have a central role in relation to the design of the project and for the period during which the student is admitted to the Student Research Programme in Psychology.

After the student has been admitted, the supervisor will be responsible for project implementation and ensuring that the student is followed-up appropriately.

Roles of the supervisor

The supervisor shall:

  • give advice on the formulation and outlining of topics and research questions
  • discuss and evaluate hypotheses and methods
  • provide help with orientation in professional literature and data (libraries, archives, etc.)
  • discuss the plan and implementation of the project (outline, linguistic form, documentation, etc.)
  • keep up-to-date with progress that the student has made and evaluate it in relation to the project’s plan, discuss results and their interpretation
  • implement measures if the original plans are not realized
  • provide the student with guidance in research ethics issues related to the research project
  • submit annual progress reports in the form of questionnaires sent by the Section for Research, Education and Dissemination.

The student agrees to submit reports or drafts of parts of the thesis to the supervisor, as well as to comply with principles of research ethics that apply to the research field. Both parties are entitled to regular contact and information during the project. Students must be offered a normally equipped workplace (i.e., office space) throughout their Student Research Programme period, as well as laboratory space if the project requires it.

Changes in conditions for supervision

Occasionally, situations arise that require the supervisor relationship to end. The faculty must approve the supervisor's resignation and the possible appointment of a new supervisor.

Applications describing the reasons for resignation should be signed by the student and the supervisor, and be sent to the Section for Research, Education and Dissemination.

The supervisor cannot resign until a new supervisor has been appointed if:

  1. the student has only two supervisors
  2. it is the main supervisor who must resign

Problematic supervisor relationship

The student should talk to the supervisor about how the supervision should be and how it works. It is important that neither of the parties allow for a problematic supervision relationship to persist. If problems arise along the way, the student and supervisor should address this as soon as possible.

In some cases, this can be difficult. Contact the administrative or professional leader of the Student Research Programme, who will follow up the case further to find the best possible solution.


Adviser: Heidi Janne Solberg


Student Research Programme in medicine

Leader: Vegard Skogen

Student representativ: Eline Tylden


Student Research Programme in psychology

Leader: Sarah Martiny

Student representativ: Marie Kvalø


Student Research Programme in odontology  

Leader: Jan-Are Kolset Johnsen

Student representativ: Johannes Wigand


Students in the Student Research Programme in medicine, dentistry and psychology will work on a specific research project for one year (“research year”). This year will be added to their standard studies, prolonging the total study period by two semesters. Students will follow the schedule of their standard study programmes before and after the research year, but not during this one-year period.

The aim of the Student Research Programme is to train students in conducting research, which can serve as basis for continuation to a PhD fellowship. Training within the Student Research Programme  will be accepted as part of a PhD training at the Faculty. Therefore, a completed Student Research Programme in Psychology can shorten PhD fellowships by up to two years.

There are many good reasons to choose the Student Research Programme in Psychology:

  • you gain deeper knowledge about a research area
  • you establish a wide research network
  • you find out if research is for you
  • you make important progress for your later PhD studies
  • you can obtain a PhD degree 10 years earlier than average
  • you will have qualifications that will make you more attractive as a job applicant