The objective of doctoral education is to qualify candidates to conduct research of international quality and to perform other types of work requiring a high level of scientific expertise and analytical thinking in accordance with sound scientific practice and established standards on research ethics. Doctoral education is to provide the candidate with knowledge, skills and expertise in keeping with the national qualifications framework.
Doctoral education normally consists of three years of full‐time study, and includes required coursework comprising a minimum of 30 credits.
The most important component of doctoral education is an independent research project carried out under close academic supervision.
The board of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH) has assigned responsibility for research education at NIH to the Committee for Research Education (KFU), including the task of ensuring compliance with the Standard regulations for the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D) with supplementary provisions.