Research Policy & Strategy
As of January 2019, NTNU has regulations that describes both the ‘traditional’ scientific PhD (all academic subjects including humanities) and a PhD in artistic research (performing arts including fine arts, media, architecture, music, film, design). NTNU’s research strategy aims to develop talented researchers and develop excellent research environments; improve quality throughout the institution; develop research within and across disciplines. Specifically in relation to artistic research, NTNU’s strategy aims to develop outstanding artistic communities; strength artistic development; interact with technology, science and society. NTNU believes that art interprets and shapes social interaction and is a key element in developing engagement and social awareness, placing it in interdisciplinary, social and international contexts. Public dissemination of results is implied.
Key research themes
Architecture, Design, Drama, Film production, Fine Art, Music
PhD in artistic research
Degrees are validated by NTNU.
At least two external examiners are involved.
Forms of Output
Practice-based, collaborative, music, performances, portfolios, films, podcasts.
Full-time 3 years
Students must deliver an annual progress report and have a mid-term evaluation. Students must take 30 ECTS through a structured programme – 20 ECTS are delivered through a national research school, which meets twice a year. Ethics and research methodologies are introduced through the structured programme of training.
Quality Assurance & Enhancement
Students work with (at least) 2 supervisors.
210 hours are allocated to the supervision of each student for the duration of the Programme: this figure includes contact with both supervisors.
NTNU provide 2 days of training for supervisors per semester, and at least one supervisor in any team is expected to have supervised PhD students before, thereby providing an informal mentorship scheme. National guidelines cover staff recruitment. At least 4 staff engaged in supervision hold 3rdCycle awards, others have professional experience regarded as equivalent. Staff are supported in their research by NTNU through the institutional research infrastructure and access to some internal funding. ‘Scientific’ staff have 48% of their contracted time set aside for research.
PhD positions are advertised. Interviews are conducted prior to admission to the PhD programme. There are currently 8 students, and 4 will be recruited in 2019.
Students have access to 150 000 NOK for costs relating to their research. Additional funding may be applied for from different sources.
3rdcycle education at NTNU is changing due to regulations instituted in January 2019.