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Online PhD Degree Programs: Accreditation of Universities in Norway

Online PhD Programs and Accreditation of Universities in Norway

If you are planning to avail of Distance or Online PhD from an institute of higher education in Norway, make sure that they are accredited by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). It was only recently that Norway has fully set up a higher education system based on the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate model, in line with its accession to the Bologna process. NOKUT is tasked to ensure the quality of higher education in the country. Accreditation by NOKUT is available on an institutional or program basis. Only schools accredited by the NOKUT on an institutional basis can call themselves an accredited college, university or specialized university; the majority of these are state-run institutions. NOKUT also provides program accreditation to non-accredited schools for particular programs or courses that it is not accredited to provide independently.

The PhD programs offered by Norwegian universities are generally awarded following three years of study and after earning a Master’s or a professional degree. All university-level schools and some private institutions offer Doctoral programs, including those earned through distance learning modalities or Online PhD Programs. An increasing number of Norwegian institutions are also offering Doctoral degrees in English.

For foreign students taking Online PhD Programs, the school will decide if your qualifications will be academically equivalent to a degree and thus serve as sufficient pre-qualification for entry to a doctorate or research degree program. The school will also perform a recognition process to determine if specific degrees and credits earned in foreign educational institutions are transferrable. NOKUT, however, is responsible for general recognition of foreign qualifications.

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