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Doctoral Training in University of Bergen

Established in 1946, the University of Bergen (UiB) is a relatively young, modern university. Academic diversity and high quality is considered to be fundamental at UiB, and the academic landscape is characterized by great variety and breadth. The university is divided into seven faculties which cover most of the traditional university disciplines, in addition to a new Faculty of Fine Arts, Music and Design. Within the faculties are included 60 different specialized departments, centers and institutes. Over time, the UiB has become the most cited university in Norway.

The University of Bergen is also an internationally recognized research university. UiB is constantly interfacing with the international environment in order to expand its borders and to explore the world. It is heavily involved in international co-operation in both research and education. Among the almost 15 000 students that are enrolled at the university, approximately 1,550 of are international students. PhD candidates are typically paid employees of staff, making the doctoral degree at UiB particularly attractive for rising talent. Almost 40% of the graduating doctors are from outside Norway. It is a continuous aim for UiB to actively engage in international education, research and society.

The doctoral training at UiB is organized in seven graduate schools, one per faculty. Doctoral training in biomedicine and health sciences is under the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry with approximately 500 enrolled doctoral candidates making the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry the largest faculty for doctoral education at the UiB. In January 2016, the Faculty was awarded an ORPHEUS Label for its doctoral education programme. For further information, please see: http://www.uib.no/en/mofa/64913/doctoral-education-faculty-medicine-and-dentistry

In 2016, Members of the Visiting Committee recommended to the Executive Committee of ORPHEUS to attribute the ORPHEUS label to the PhD program of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bergen, Norway. The committee found the PhD program at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at UiB well-established and highly structured.

At our Faculty we have an annual flow of between 90-100 doctoral theses.

At the last years ORPHEUS conference 2016 in Cologne the research administration at our Faculty won the best poster prize.

As a strategic goal the Faculty offers PhD supervisors a developing and enhancing expertise in doctoral supervision. In addition to an annual supervisor seminar arranged by our own research department, our supervisors can attend a course in pedagogics. From this year we also have a mandatory supervisor training for all PhD supervisors at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, as an e-learning course. The goal is to make supervisors aware of the University’s rules and regulations for the PhD program, as well as international rules that apply to PhD candidates, supervisors, and the formal relationship between them.