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Architecture and Design, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months


AHO usually has an intake of  four internally funded PhD candidates per year. We take up externally funded candidates (via industry, research grants and government schemes). The year group starts each September.

AHO offers three year stipends with a possible extra year of institutional commitment

AHO offers formal doctoral education (the Research School) with 30 ects compulsory PhD courses together with 15 ects examined through PhD project work.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The AHO PhD Programme was grounded in 1992 as part of a strategy to build AHO into a mature research institution. This strategy has been served by:

  • research faculty recruitment
  • the initiation of research centres
  • development of existing faculty with research potential
  • creating the Research School – a foundation course to PhD students tailored to AHO’s context
  • working to develop architecture, urbanism, landscape and design as recognized research disciplines within the social sciences and humanities.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • To be admitted to AHOs PhD programme, the applicant must document a completed master degree or equivalent to it. Previous experience from research or through post-graduate master education will be an advantage. 
  • AHO only accept fully financed external PhD candidates. Financing for three year of full time studies must be documented. AHO does not accept student’s financed out of one’s own capital, the financing must be provided by external sources as Universities or University colleges, the Norwegian Research Council or businesses.  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Students at AHO must remember to pay the semester fee and register through studentweb before 1 September.

Living costs for Oslo

  • 11682 - 19230 NOK/month
    Living Costs

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