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Coronavirus: Information to PhD candidates at the Faculty of Social Sciences

PhD candidates with a workplace other than UiO must adhere to the guidelines at their workplace.

PhD examination/Public defence

Digital public defence

1. All public defences at the faculty are digital.

2. The candidate can choose whether the trial lecture should be conducted live or recorded. This choice must be made at least 18 days before the defense. If the candidate chose to record the trial lecture, the recording must be submitted at least 48 hours before the public defense. In both cases, the committee must approve the trial lecture before the defense can begin.

3. The time from the candidate is given the title of the trial lecture, until the trial lecture is held, set to 15 working days. If the trial lecture is to be recorded, the candidate will be given the title 17 working days before the defense.

Information about the corona situation at UiO

Please check this website regularly for updated information on how the corona situation impacts you and the organisation.

PhD courses

The faculty is working on digitalizing the teaching and on finding good solutions for the implementation of exams. 

If you were planning to take a course that has been cancelled due to the Corona-pandemic, and this will cause you to be delayed in your PhD please please contact  your unit.

Thesis submission

If you want to submit your thesis, please follow the steps outlined here

For information on how to fill in co-authorship declarations electronically/ by e-mail, please read this guide.


After the defense has been completed, candidates will receive a confirmation that their ph.d.-degree has been completed from their unit. 

An electronic version of the diploma will be available in the Diploma Registry  (log in using Feide or BankID). 

The electronic version of the diploma will be available shortly before you would have participated in the doctoral conferment ceremony, the dates are found here



In regards to delays in progression due to the Coronavirus, a right to extension of the admission period will be given, also beyond the ordinary 3 years, if necessary. All candidates with active admission on the PhD programme as of 15 March 2020 will be covered by this in the event of future application for extension.

For PhD candidates employed by the Faculty of Social Sciences:
For PhD candidates who end up with ten or more days of absence because of closed schools and day care, we will grant an extension. During this period, UiO will not require the absence to be continuous.

Applications for extension is to be sent to the relevant department / unit. 

Contact information

If you are a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Social Sciences and have questions about how the Coronavirus affects your PhD admission please contact us.

Published Mar. 18, 2020 11:26 AM - Last modified Sep. 30, 2020 3:35 PM