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School of Health Sciences

Doctoral Studies

Doctoral Studies

World class research is conducted at the School of Health Sciences, and students are encouraged to show initiative and new thinking. The School of Health Sciences collaborates with many influential research institutions as well as private companies and other universities. That creates a dynamic research environment and great opportunities for our students and staff.

The School of Health Sciences offers ten diverse doctoral study programmes in six faculties:

Admission Requirements

A masters degree is generally a necessary prerequisite for admission to doctoral studies. The main emphasis in doctoral studies is on research and students work under the tutelage of a supervisor. These studies are, therefore, often referred to as research studies. The studies are usually conducted on an individual basis and take 3-5 years ending with a doctoral defence.

The relevancy of your degree depends on the subject of your proposed PhD project.

Before you submit your application, you must find a relevant project, supervisors who would like to guide you through the PhD, a work place and a way to finance your studies. 

For more information on doctoral studies at the UI School of Health Sciences, such as admission policy, structure, duration and content of the PhD programmes, see our rules on doctoral studies.

Each year the faculties of the School of Health Sciences graduate numerous doctoral students, of both Icelandic and international nationalities. See full list of doctoral defences from the School of Health Sciences by Faculty (in Icelandic).

For more information on doctoral studies at the University of Iceland visit the Centre for graduate studies

For practical information, such as registration fees, credit transfer etc., visit the Applications for Study.

Prospective PhD students at the Faculty of Medicine can find further information in the following Handbook for PhD studies at the Faculty of Medicine.

Application Deadlines

There is no deadline for applications for doctoral studies at the School of Health Sciences.

International Quality Assurance

The School of Health Sciences has been awarded an ORPHEUS (Organisation for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System) label of its excellence in PhD training. The University of Iceland is the 5th university in Europe to receive the label. See the certificate.
ORPHEUS is an international organisation that organises evaluation of PhD programs in biomedical and health sciences at European unversities. The main aims of ORPHEUS are to safeguard the PhD as a research degree and to strengthen career opportunities for PhD graduates.

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