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Programme structure

The educational component of the Political Science programme option amounts to 30 credits

Candidates whom commenced their PhD programme later than Autumn 2015 semester are to follow the new programme structure

  • Doctoral seminar, 3 credits
  • Courses in The Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences and Research Ethics, 6 credits
  • Conference participation, 1 credits
  • Elective courses in research methods and theory, 10 + 10 credits
  • Midway assessment

Recommended course of study

3rd year Elective courses in research methods, 10 credits Elective courses in theory, 10 credits STV9100B Seminar on the thesis' introductory section, 1 credits
2nd year Conference participation, 1 credits Midway assessment
1st year STV9100A Seminar on thesis proposal, 1 credits STV9100C Introductory course on the role of the researcher, 1 credits SV9101/SV9102 Courses in the Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences and Research Ethics, 6 credits

Doctoral seminar

Scope: 3 credits
The doctoral seminar consists of three components: seminar on the thesis proposal, introductory course on the role of the researcher, and a seminar on the thesis' introductory section. All three components must be completed for the seminar to be passed (applies to candidates with admission starting fall 2013).

Course in the Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences

Scope: 6 credits
All PhD candidates must complete the Faculty of Social Science's courses in:

Elective courses in research methods

Scope: 10 credits
All candidates must complete PhD courses equivalent to at least 10 credits in Research Methods for the Social Sciences. Any course taken at an external institution (outside of the University of Oslo) must be pre-approved.

Elective courses in theory

Scope: 10 credits
At least 10 credits should consist of courses on topics specific to Political Science, or on topics that are particularly relevant to the thesis. All courses taken externally must be pre-approved.

Conference participation

Scope: 1 credits
Over the course of the programme duration, each candidate must present academic work related to the thesis at a national or international conference. The candidates are particularly encouraged to attend the annual national Political Science Conference. Confirmation of conference attendance must be submitted to the Department for approval.

Midway assessment

All PhD candidates must complete a midway assessment half-way in the programme. In the midway assessment the candidate will present the status quo on the work on the thesis.

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Published June 18, 2015 11:18 AM - Last modified Mar. 2, 2016 3:44 PM