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PhD Pro­gramme in Artist­ic Research

  • Leads to qualification: Philosophia doctor (PhD) in Artistic Research.
  • ECTS: 180 credits – three years of full-time study.

Admission requirements

To be accepted on the PhD programme, the applicant must usually have at least a performing arts and/or creative master degree in the relevant subject area.

Admission is subject to an expert evaluation of the application and project description in accordance with Section 6 of the Regulations concerning the Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) in Artistic Research degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music (hereafter referred to as the “Regulations”).

Programme description

The PhD in Artistic Research at the NMH is a three-year programme worth 180 ECTS credits.

The programme comprises a research training component worth 30 ECTS credits and an artistic PhD project (hereafter referred to as the PhD work) worth 150 credits. The research training component must be completed during the three-year programme.

The primary teaching language is English. The material documenting the reflective component must be submitted in a Scandinavian language or English or in another language approved by the programme committee.

The programme is regulated by the Regulations concerning the Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) in Artistic Research degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Learning objectives

Knowledge

Upon completing the doctorate, the candidate is expected to

  • be able to identify complex problems in artistic research in music performance and composition
  • have provided a notable contribution to developing new knowledge of significance to music performance and composition through their PhD work
  • be able to help develop new knowledge, new theories, methodologies, interpretations and forms of documentation in the field of music performance and composition
  • be able to deal with complex professional issues and challenge established knowledge and practice in the field of music performance an composition

Skills

Upon completing the doctorate, the candidate is expected to

  • be familiar with project work as a working method in artistic research
  • be able to manage complex artistic projects
  • be able to identify what the project contributes to the field and to discuss and argue in favour of it
  • be familiar with and able to evaluate the efficacy of various tools and methods to document reflection on their project
  • be familiar with key issues surrounding research ethics, arts and ethics, and copyright

General skills

Upon completing the doctorate, the candidate is expected to

  • be able to conduct artistic research with a high degree of ethical awareness and professional integrity
  • be able to disseminate artistic research findings in recognised national and international publication channels and participate in professional discourse nationally and internationally

Organisation

The PhD programme is a full-time programme normally lasting three years comprising a research training component worth 30 ECTS credits and an independent artistic PhD project worth 150 ECTS credits. The research training component includes courses on artistic theory, methodology, ethics and copyright, dissemination, project development and documenting results and reflection on artistic research.

The candidate attends courses organised by the NMH and seminars organised by the Norwegian Centre for Artistic Research.

The programme includes seminars, workshops, lectures, presentations, supervision and independent work.

The course description for each component specifies whether attendance is obligatory.

ECTS credits are used to measure the weighting of each course on the PhD programme. One year of full-time study is equivalent to 60 ECTS credits. One ECTS credit is equivalent to 27–30 hours of work, including teaching, supervision and independent work.

Assessment

All courses on the PhD programme are assessed with either a pass or a fail mark.

The diploma will be issued once the candidate has passed the courses which together meet the criteria for the PhD in Artistic Research to be awarded. The title of the PhD work will be stated on the diploma

Education quality assurance

The NMH has a programme in place for ensuring and improving quality in all parts of the programme. The students are important contributors to this process, including by way of student evaluations.