Programme committee for the PhD Programme in Health, Function and Participation

The programme committee is an advisory body to the Dean on issues related to PhD education

The committee is appointed for four years. A PhD student representative is appointed every two years. 

The programme committee has a mandate as follows 

The committee has delegated authority from the board in the following matters: 

  • Approve changes in the programme description within the scope of the accreditation
  • Decide which Master’s degrees qualify for admission to the given PhD programme 
  • Approve admission to the PhD programme 
  • Approve supervisors, project description and work plan 
  • etermine criteria to rank qualified applicants when the number of applicants exceed admission capacity
  • Follow-up of the candidate’s progress
  • Appoint evaluation group for the midterm evaluation 
  • Receive and present cases regarding the evaluation of the doctoral thesis for procedure 
  • Nominate evaluation committee members to the central PhD committee 
  • Decide on matters regarding the individual doctoral candidate 

Committee members 

  • Vice dean of research, professor Marjolein M. Iversen (chair) 
  • Professor Oddvar Førland
  • Professor Kjetil Grimastad Lundberg
  • Associate professor Bente Frisk
  • PhD fellow: Malin Håland Kleppe
  • Substitute: Professor Milfrid Tonheim
  • Substitute: Professor John Roger Andersen
  • Substitute: PhD fellow Kenneth Chance-Larsen

In addition, professor Tobba Therkildsen Sudmann (head of programme and secretary for the programme committee) and advisor Anne Dall-Larsen Bjørndal (administrative head of programmme).

Meeting dates spring 2024

Meeting date:                     Deadline for submitting cases:

  • 2 February                        12 January
  • 19 March                            27 February
  • 14 May                                23 April
  • 11 June                                21 May

Deadline for sending applications and other topics to the programme committee: Three weeks before the meeting date. Send an email to  

Please note that applicants to the PhD programme financed by the Resaearch Council of Norway through either Industrial PhD Scheme or Public Sector PhD scheme may ask to have their applications considered by the programme committee earlier than the first upcoming meeting date. The same applies for applications for evaluation of doctoral thesis, and proposal of members for the assessment committee.