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Educational component

The educational component is compulsory for all candidates on the PhD programme, and must correspond to at least 30 credits. You should apply for approval of the educational component at least 6 months before you hand in your thesis for evaluation.

How to apply for approval of the educational component

You should apply to have your educational component approved as soon as it is deemed completed according to the faculty’s rules, see § 8 of the Supplementary rules pertaining to the Regulations. Application for approval of the educational component should be submitted at least 6 months before you hand in your thesis for evaluation.

You will receive a formal letter of approval after the educational component has been approved.

Application content

  • Application form for approval of educational component (docx) (pdf). List the courses you wish to have approved in order of priority. You will not be given credits beyond the requirement of 30 credits.
  • Documentation of each component in the form of diplomas, course certificates and confirmations must be enclosed. Confirmation of courses registered in the University’s Studentweb is not necessary.
  • Participation in conferences can be approved by sending in:
    • the front page of the conference programme with the name and date of the conference
    • the page with title of your presentation - poster or oral presentation
    • the abstract

Application requirements

  • Elements that are to be recognised as part of the educational component may not have been completed more than 2 years prior to the date of admission to the PhD programme.
  • At least 20 credits must be obtained after admission to the programme.
  • Application for approval of educational component should be submitted when you have achieved 30 credits.
  • External courses and other activities will not be preapproved.

The application should be sent by e-mail or post

Completing the educational component

The educational component can be taken on a rolling basis, but most of it should be taken during the first year of the admission period. It consists of a compulsory 10-credit part and an elective 20-credit part.

Compulsory PhD courses

The compulsory part of the educational component consists of 10 credits.

Candidates working on research projects involving animal testing are required to attend a mandatory course in laboratory animal science based upon FELASA C requirements.

Elective component

The elective component consists of 20 credits.

Approval of external courses

A minimum of 15 credits must consist of PhD courses at a Norwegian or international educational institution. PhD-level courses from an educational institution which give credits/ECTS can be approved as part of the educational component.

You have to apply to have international or Norwegian PhD courses approved if the courses do not have credits/ECTS. The following attachments must be enclosed with your application:

  • Confirmation that the course is a PhD-level course.
  • Confirmation of course duration (i.e. number of hours course lasted). If relevant, confirmation of number of hours of preparation before the course started/course literature and confirmation of exam (i.e. number of hours an exam lasted as well as any preparations before an exam).
  • If relevant, confirmation of presentation - poster or oral presentation.
  • Web address to the course.

Courses cannot be approved as part of the educational component if the above mentioned documentation is not enclosed.

Credit points equal the ECTS grading scale (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). 1 credit = 1 ECTS= 25-30 hours.

Courses taken at the Norwegian Medical Association

Courses at the Norwegian Medical Association (Den norske legeforening) do not meet the faculty’s requirements for the educational component as they are continuing and further education courses, and are thus not at PhD level. In addition, the courses often do not have a credit value system that comply with the ECTS standard. Based on this, courses from the Norwegian Medical Association will not be approved as part of the educational component of the PhD programme in medicine and health sciences.

Candidates who have taken courses offered by the Norwegian Medical Association after having been admitted to the programme but before 1 July 2018, can apply to have their courses included in their educational component in accordance with current practice until 30 June 2019. After this date, courses taken at the Norwegian Medical Association will no longer be approved as part of the educational component of the PhD programme in medicine and health sciences.

Using courses at Master’s Level

  • Courses at Master’s level can be approved in exceptional cases if the candidate has a particular need to acquire supplementary knowledge for an interdisciplinary assignment. A confirmation from the principal supervisor must in such cases state that the course is relevant for the research project, § 8 of the Supplementary rules pertaining to the Regulations.
  •  Courses that form part of a candidate’s bachelor or master degree can not also be credited as a PhD course.
  • Master degree courses that overlap with PhD courses may on application be approved. Courses must be passed with grade A or B.

The Medical Student Research Programme

Candidates who have completed the Medical Student Research Programme normally get their educational component approved as equivalent to the PhD programme’s educational component if the research done on the Medical Student Research Programme leads to a PhD project. 

Former students on the Medical Student Research Programme may nevertheless be required to take new courses if this is academically justified according to the expected learning outcomes of the PhD programme and the project’s theme and/or method, or if it has been a long time since the educational component of the Medical Student Research Programme was completed before applying for admission to the PhD programme. Assessment of this is done by the faculty in connection with admission.

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Published May 20, 2015 2:12 PM - Last modified Nov. 21, 2019 12:31 PM