Programme Description

The PhD programme at MF qualifies for research activities at an international standard, as well as other work that requires a high level of academic knowledge and analytical thinking according to scientific principles and research ethical standards.

The PhD programme aims to train researchers with expertise in scholarly analysis as well as hypothesis and theory formation. The programme is to a large extent based on individual and specialized studies, and it also aims at providing the means for academic socialization. The Candidate’s research and the resulting PhD thesis constitute the major part of the education.

The programme is structured around four areas: 

• Philosophy of Science (10 ECTS)
• Methodology (10 ECTS)
• The Status of the Discipline (10 ECTS)
• Thesis/dissertation (150 ECTS)

1 ECTS (= European Credit Transfer System, ’studiepoeng’) requires 25-30 hours work from the Candidate. 

The programme consists of different parts which together allow for a hermeneutical interplay. The course components support, inform, guide and inspire the individual PhD research. Seminars will partly be arranged at MF, partly through national cooperation, and partly through international networks and conferences. The majority of the seminars are held at MF. You may apply for recognition of courses and/or seminars offered by other institutions.

The dissertation must be an independent academic work meeting international standards with regard to ethics, professional level, and methodology in the field. It should contribute to the development of new knowledge and be at a standard appropriate for publication as part of the scientific literature in the field of research.

The programme of study for the PhD/research training follows the Regulations for the PhD degree at MF Norwegian School of Theology valid from 01.08.2012.
The research training comprises 180 credits (normally within 3 years of study). These credits includes a doctoral dissertation which is an independent study of 150 points and research training of 30 points. The degree is referred as a research degree because it leads to research expertise. It is usually based on specialisation within the field of a master's degree,  Cand. Theol, or Bachelor of Arts. ​"The course work portion of the PhD programme, together with the dissertation, provides an education at a high academic level in accordance with international standards.  insights into the nature of scholarly academic work, training in presentation and dissemination of scientific knowledge, and an introduction to research ethics, philosophy of science and scientific methods.  Training will, in conjunction with research, contribute to the achievement of the expected learning outcomes in accordance with the national qualifications framework." 

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