Ph.D. Programme

Programme Length

3 years
180 credits

Languages of Instruction

Norwegian/Swedish/Danish and English

Application Deadline

1 February
How to apply to the Ph.D. programme

Programme Description

The Norwegian Academy of Music offers Ph.D. studies in three areas:

  1. Performance Practice
  2. Music Education
  3. Music Therapy

Programme Requirements

There are three main requirements in the Ph.D.:

  • Fulfillment of 40 course/seminar credits (incl. Theory of Science, Methodology, and Ethics) in 1st year of study
  • Successful completion of the major research project (140 credits)
  • The writing and successful defense of a dissertation

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programme, applicants must have completed a master’s degree (or certified equivalent) with satisfactory results in the subject area to which the applicant is seeking admission. Applicants who wish to carry out a project that incorporates a performance/artistic component must document their ability to perform at a high level.

Language Requirements for International Students

Applicants to the Ph.D. programme must demonstrate language proficiency in Norwegian and English.

While the Academy normally does not require documentation of Norwegian writing proficiency, it is expected that the applicant will be able to follow and participate in seminars where the language of instruction and lecturing is Norwegian. The course Research Forum will be conducted in Norwegian and participation is compulsory for doctoral students. Classes and information will not be adapted to student language level. Comprehension of Norwegian texts is also necessary in everyday communication and correspondence at the Academy.

International applicants must document Norwegian language proficiency with one of the following:

  • Norwegian (as a second language) in upper secondary school, 3rd year with a passing mark
  • The Norwegian Language Test (Bergenstesten) – Advanced Level with a passing mark and minimum score of 450 points
  • Level 3 in the Introductory Programme for Foreign Students at the Universities
  • Certificate of completion of one-year programme in Norwegian Language and Civilization for Foreign Students

In addition, international applicants must document a level of proficiency in English with one of the following:

  • TOEFL paper based test: minimum score 580
  • TOEFL internet based test: minimum score 93
  • IELTS Academic: passed with minimum overall band score 7

Applicants whose first language is Swedish or Danish are exempt from the language proficiency documentation requirement, but are advised that instruction will be in Norwegian.

Documentation of language proficiency must be submitted to the Academy no later than the date of Ph.D. candidate interviews

Ph.D. Programme Curriculum



Solveig Christensen

Senior Advisor
Academic Affairs and Research

Øivind Varkøy


Music Education

Last updated: 31. July 2017