PhD Programme in Health, Function and Participation


This PhD programme is intended for those who want to contribute to developing future health services in the face of new societal challenges.

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    Admission requirements

    To be admitted to the doctoral program, you must be able to document the following:

    • Completed relevant 2-year master's degree with 120 credits ECTS or equivalent, with or without professional education.
    • Normally the grade B or better on the master's thesis and an average of B for the study part (in accordance with the Norwegian grading system)
    • Health related research topic for PhD work.
    • Financing to be able to complete the entire education.

    For more information see regulations and forms for Ph.D. studies at HVL .

    A health science PhD programme

    The education will contribute new knowledge to users and patients, the field of practice and the community.

    Through its professional profile and course portfolio, the PhD programme shows that interdisciplinary approaches to health are necessary to contribute new knowledge to understand and deal with today's and tomorrow's health challenges, locally and globally. The programme is closely linked to working life and society.

    The programme is rooted in health science, and the title Health, Function and Participation refers to a broad, interdisciplinary field of research:

    • Health refers to a physical, psychological and socially rooted resource that is affected by illness, coping, life course and living conditions.
    • Function refers to activity and the interaction between physical and psychological conditions and the environment that inhibits or promotes individuals and groups' health potential.
    • Participation shows how individuals or groups can get involved in everyday life, work and leisure and exercise their citizenship.

    The Faculty has research environments at all of HVL’s five campuses, which have various practical, theoretical and methodological approaches to health and disease-related phenomena. Health can be understood and explored at the individual, group or community level, with a focus on theory development, empirical data, methodology, structure, research collaboration with working life and society. For further information please read the study plan.

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    Please find information on course dates, programme committee, and more on the PhD programme website.

    PhD Programme
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    Tobba Sudmann

    Head of PhD programme

    Student exchange

    HVL aims to ensure that all PhD students should have a research stay abroad of at least one month. You can take your stay at any time during your fellowship period and arrange for the stay with your main supervisor and the foreign university you are going to research.

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