Application Guidelines for the Scientific Ph.D. programme

Admissions are done annually. The Ph.D. project period starts 1 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 in 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 Ph.D. 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 in December

Important dates 2019

  • 17 December 2018 kl 14-16: Information meeting, room 140. The meeting will be held (mainly) in Norwegian (for applicants who don't understand Norwegian, please contact for information)
  • 1 February: Deadline for applications
  • Within 25 March 2019: Invitation to interview
  • 9 and 10 April 2019: Interviews
  • Within 31 May 2019: Announcement of admission
  • 1 September 2019: The project periode starts

Language requirements for international students

Applicants with a foreign education (outside the Nordic countries) must demonstrate language proficiency in Norwegian and English.

Norwegian language proficiency

The applicant’s proficiency in Norwegian or other Scandinavian languages must be good enough to:

  • Follow compulsory tuition in DRINN90 - Ph.D. Introductory Course, in the first semester of studies.
  • Participate in compulsory activities for employees at the Academy, where Norwegian is the language of communication.

The Ph.D. training component tuition is given partly in Norwegian, partly in English; however, tuition is not compulsory.

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
  • Other documentation may be accepted after an individual assessment.

English language proficiency

Applicants with a foreign education (outside the Nordic countries) must provide proof of English proficiency. Read more about the education qualification requirements for your country in the GSU-list.. Document a level of proficiency in English with one of the following:

  • Transcript of records from a country that  satisfies the requirements for English proficiency, according to the GSU-list.
  • 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.

Language proficiency in English must be documented at the time of application. Documentation of Norwegian skills can be submitted up to 20 May 2019.

Contact us


Solveig Christensen

Senior Advisor
Academic Affairs and Research

Øivind Varkøy


Music Education

Last updated: 7. November 2018