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PhD studies

Once you have completed your Master’s degree, you can go on to third cycle studies and specialise in an area you are interested in.

PhD studies normally comprise four years of full-time study, corresponding to 240 credits. You spend approximately one year on courses and seminars, and three years on your research project. You compile your research findings in a doctoral thesis. The thesis usually consists of a summary and synthesis together with articles that you have published in international scientific journals. You present and argue for your thesis at a public defence. If your thesis is approved and you have completed all the course components, you can receive your PhD degree.

The learning outcomes for research studies

PhD studies are to educate and train scholars capable of conducting research of high quality and working with other qualified assignments within higher education, industry and society, where experience of research is essential.
PhD studies aim to provide the following:

  • Specialised subject knowledge
  • The ability to think creatively and critically 
  • Training in planning, implementation and evaluation of research tasks and projects
  • Practice in presenting research findings, both orally and in writing, to various audiences