Phd programme (doctoral education)

PhD programme in Humanities and the Arts

About the PhD-programme

The PhD-programme in Humanities and the Arts gives you the opportunity to specialize in humanistic disciplines such as Art History, Literature (English, French, German, Scandinavian and Comparative Literature), Dance Studies, Drama & Theatre, Film Studies, Media Studies and Musicology. The programme also offers the opportunity to specialize across disciplines through interdisciplinary research projects.


To be admitted to a PhD-programme you must have a complete funding plan and have completed at least five years of higher education including a master’s degree. You must have a strong academic record from your previous studies and the project description must hold a high academic standard.

Career options

A PhD is the highest level of formalized education in Norway.

Most doctors with a degree in humanities and the arts continue in academia as postdoctoral fellows, researchers, associate professors and, eventually, full professors, but our doctors can also be found in other fields as for instance advisers, researchers and curators.

Programme structure

A PhD is a three-year degree based on five years of higher education, including a master's degree or other equivalent education. The programme consists of a coursework component of 30 ECTS and a doctoral thesis.

Facts about the programme

Degree level: PhD
Length of programme: 3 years
Campus: Dragvoll, NTNU

Application deadline: Continuous admission