Application Guidelines

Admissions are done annually. The Ph.D. project period starts on the 1st of September.

Application Deadline

1 February


Most students who apply for admission to the Ph.D. programme, also apply for Ph.D. positions at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Appointment to Ph.D. positions and admission to the Ph.D. programme are both part of the same application process. You may apply for admission to the Ph.D. programme without applying for a Ph.D. position if documentation of external funding is provided.

All applicants must use the same application form, also those who apply with external funding.

How to apply:

1. Read the position posting thouroughly

Position posting will be published by 1 December.

2. Prepare the supporting documents

The following supporting documents must be submitted with your application:

  1. Project proposal. Guidelines for Project Proposal
  2. CV
  3. Diplomas and transcripts of records (in English, Norwegian, Swedish, and/or Danish)
  4. Documentation of ability to perform at a high level, for applicants who wish to carry out a project that incorporates a performance/artistic component
  5. Documentation of language proficiency (English and Norwegian, Swedish, and/or Danish)

 All supporting documents must be numbered and clearly marked with document type and applicant’s name.. Example: "Surname_Project proposal", "Surname_CV", "Surname_master diploma" etc. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Document your performance level by sending links (to for instance Spotify or YouTube), or send the files using to There must be no question of who the remitter is.

NOTE: The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts may be made by or approved by either: a state-authorized translator and interpreter; the embassy or consulate of the country where the original document was issued or where the translation was made; a Norwegian consulate/embassy. The PhD Administration encourages applicants from within the EU to enclose a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement is part of a common European framework for transparency of competencies and qualifications – the EuroPass framework.

3. Submit application online

Once you have all your supporting documentation ready for submission, complete your online application by following the steps in the application form and uploading supporting documents.

Application form will be published by 1 December.

Important dates 2018

TBA within 1 December 2017

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. Comprehension of Norwegian texts is also necessary in everyday communication and correspondence at the Academy. Classes and information will not be adapted to student language level.

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 received by the Academy no later than the date of the applicant interviews


Contact us


Solveig Christensen

Senior Advisor
Academic Affairs and Research

Øivind Varkøy


Music Education

Last updated: 7. June 2017