PhD-programme in Performance Practice

Publisert 21. May 2010

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Programme name
PhD-programme in Performance Practice
Programme description
Qualification awarded
Philosophiae doctor
Length of programme
3 years
ECTS credits
Language of instruction
Application deadline
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About the programme

This doctoral programme is for those who wish to conduct research on performance practice from a historical, contemporary and aesthetical perspective. The programme targets performers in particular, but musicologists who wish to conduct research on musical practice may also apply for admission. The doctoral work is to be documented by a dissertation. In some cases it may be appropriate to supplement the written documentation with a CD or DVD recording.

Research on musical practice is a field undergoing continuous development, and this process entails major methodological and theoretical challenges. To ensure candidates progress satisfactorily in their doctoral work, it is essential the projects are affiliated with one of the Academy’s specialist environments or priority areas. Read more about the R& D Focus Areas The Co- Creative Musician and Musical Creation and Renewal

Content of the Programme

The doctoral programme consists of a dissertation and an academic training component comprised of 36 ECTS credits, which is equivalent to one semester of full-time study. The doctoral degree is conferred on the basis of the following:

  • Completed academic training component
  • Doctoral dissertation, possibly supplemented with other documentation.
  • Doctoral examination comprised of a trial lecture and public defence of the dissertation.


There are no fees for conducting doctoral studies in Norwegian public universities or academies. However, it is necessary to have adequate funding in order to complete the research training within a maximum of four years.
Candidates may apply for a doctoral research fellowship from the Academy in order to obtain full financing for their projects
To obtain full financing for their projects, candidates may apply for a doctoral research fellowship from the Academy. Fellowships are normally advertised once per year through an announcement of vacant positions. Applicants awarded fellowships from the Academy will receive admission to the doctoral programme at the same time.
Applicants may also seek admission to the doctoral programme based on self-financing (employees of research institutions with time to conduct their own research or those with private funding or other grants, etc.).

Academic Training Component

The academic training component encompasses a theoretical component, a thesis seminar and a dissemination component. The theoretical component involves education in the philosophy of science, research ethics and methodology, and project-specific theory. Through participation in the thesis seminar, candidates will also acquire competency in presenting their own research as well as in discussing and assessing research presentations. The dissemination component entails presentation of the candidate’s own research in a conference setting. For more information about the academic training component, please refer to


The work involved in the doctoral dissertation comprises the main part of the doctoral programme and is conducted under the supervision of one or more supervisors appointed by the Doctoral Degree Committee. All projects must be documented in the form of a dissertation and be concluded with a public defence in which the dissertation is the primary focus. The library has several copies of all the doctoral dissertations completed at the Academy.

Evaluation and Dissertation Defence

The academic training component completed by the candidate must be approved before the dissertation is submitted for evaluation. If the dissertation is approved for defence, the doctoral programme is concluded with a trial lecture on a specified topic and public defence of the dissertation.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programme, applicants must have completed an upper-level degree (master’s degree, certificate of advanced studies or the like) with satisfactory results in the subject area to which the applicant is seeking admission. Applicants who wish to carry out a project that incorporates a performance/artistic component must document their ability to perform at a high level.

Applications to the programme will be assessed by an expert referee committee. In the application assessment process, importance will be attached to the applicant’s potential to conduct research as documented by the application form and attachments. The project description will be used as the primary basis for assessment. Please refer to the information below about requirements for what to include in the project description.

More in-depth information about the programme's structure and contents


General questions regarding the Academy’s doctoral programme may be directed to R&D Coordinator Guro Høimyr.

Questions related to specific academic areas may be directed to Erlend Hovland, Chair of the Doctoral Degree Committee.