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Career support and optional courses

The research education in social sciences at UiO is an education of high international quality, which qualifies candidates for a further academic career or for other professions with high demands on competence and skills.

Planning your career starts when you start your PhD education. We offer career support through workshops, tutorials, meeting places and online resources as an optional part of the PhD program.

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Career support and optional cources

All courses are based on voluteer participation. Registration is reguiered. Courses will be announced in the PhD-newsletter. 

Career Planning Workshop for Early Career Reseachers

Whether you’re preparing for a faculty position or looking to find what other career options are out there, it’s important to spend time to understand yourself, your values, and what skills and interests you have.

Autumn Semester

Academic writing for Doctoral Students

This two-day workshop will be an opportunity to reflect on central challenges of academic writing, with focus on the process of writing and techniques for producing and organizing text.

Autumn Semester

How to register your projects with the NSD/Sikt

This is a two hour course which go through how you register your projects with the NSD/Sikt.

Spring / Autumn Semester

Library day

We will start with an introduction to our rich variety of library services and how you can find and use our selection of international journal- and media databases. We continue with courses in advanced and systematic literature search, and research data management. Bring your laptop and join us for Library Day. 

Spring / Autumn semester

Risk Management in research projects

Research projects are characterized by a high degree of uncertainty and complexity. This course will help you as a project manager to understand and plan research projects to minimize risk and ensure effective implementation.

Spring / Autumn semester

Introduction to NVivo

This is a two hour course which will provide an introduction to NVivo as a tool in qualitative analysis and project management.

Spring semester

Too many demands at the same time?

This is a course held by the Occupational Health Service Unit. The aim of the course is to build awareness about stress-related complaints, health implications and how to improve the situation.

Spring semester

University pedagogy for PhD candidates

This introductory course in university pedagogy offered by EILIN in collaboration with LINK. The course is arranged as one 6 hour session and one 2 hour follow-up session later in the semester. 

Autumn semester

Research courses and seminars

Research courses in social sciences at the University of Oslo

PhD courses in the social sciences offered at Norwegian universities. 


Time spent thinking about your values, strengths and areas for development is time well spent. Taking a strategic approach can give you choice and a competitive edge. You can map your professional development using the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF). 

Our aim is to enable beginning researchers to easily access information on searching and reviewing scholarly literature, on academic writing, and on sharing and publishing reports and data. The project is a collaboration between five Norwegian university libraries.