Why choose this PhD programme?
The Faculty has a broad field of research in clinical medicine, basic medical sciences, health research and public health. The formalised research training is organised in a PhD programme.
The PhD programme in brief
The PhD programme consists of an independent research project with a thesis and an educational component. The PhD education has a stipulated length of 3 years’ full-time study. The programme includes an educational component of minimum 30 credits which constitutes 6 months’ work.
In order to gain admission to the PhD programme, you must have a five-year Master’s degree or equivalent. The Faculty of Medicine has grade requirements for admission.
The PhD education at the University of Oslo shall educate independent researchers of high international standard, in accordance with recognised scientific and ethical principles. The programmes shall qualify candidates for research and other work requiring high levels of scientific insight and analytical thinking.
Candidates receive close follow-up and academic supervision, but must take responsibility for planning and carrying out the thesis work.
The research education at the Faculty of Medicine is organised in a PhD programme, and covers the academic fields of health and society, basic medical sciences, clinical medicine, biotechnology and molecular medicine.
Each year the Faculty prepares an annual report where you, among other things, can find information about number of candidates on the programme, funding sources and internationalisation. See Annual reports (in Norwegian).
About research at the Faculty of Medicine
- About research at the Faculty of Medicine (in Norwegian)
- About Research training at the Faculty of Medicine
- Research groups, research projects, research centres
More than 200 doctoral candidates publicly defend their theses at the Faculty each year.
Network and academic environment
The Faculty has between 1400 to 1500 PhD candidates. All candidates receive supervision, are affiliated with active research environments and participate in internal and international research courses.
PhD forums act as academic and social meeting places for PhD candidates. They are organised by PhD candidates for PhD candidates. The Faculty’s institutes have active PhD forums that arrange academic symposiums and social events.
MedDocs is an umbrella organization which represents the Faculty’s PhD candidates and coordinates all the PhD forums at the Faculty.
Study and research abroad
All PhD candidates are encouraged to spend one or more periods at a relevant institution abroad. Read more about study and research abroad.
Candidates have the opportunity to get international conferences and research courses approved as part of the educational component. A study or research period at an institution abroad can give up to 5 credits as part of the educational component.
Further education and work
With a PhD degree from the Faculty of Medicine, you can pursue a career as a researcher or a career in other professions requiring a high level of knowledge and competence.
Doctoral work allows you to develop skills that can be applied in many sectors:
- The ability to formulate academic issues and plan research and development work
- Written and verbal dissemination
- Analytical thinking
- Result and solution-oriented thinking
- Project planning
- Ability to work under pressure
- Ability to see new possibilities and perspectives
- Work with complex academic questions
- Work independently
- Assess the suitability and application of different methods and processes.
Graduates from the Faculty of Medicine are, among other places, employed at universities and university colleges, hospitals, the Southern and Eastern Norway Health Authority, institutes and management.