NORDIC DOCTORAL TRAINING IN HEALTH SCIENCES

At a meeting in Helsinki on 28th September 2016 representatives of the seven doctoral schools/ faculties of health sciences, Aarhus University, the University of Bergen, the University of Copenhagen, the University of Gothenburg, the University of Helsinki, the University of Iceland and Karolinska Institutet, decided to establish a Nordic network of doctoral education in health sciences. In May 2021 the network was changed to a consortium with the aim to initiate, facilitate and intensify collaboration among the Nordic doctoral schools/faculties in all relevant fields of health and medical sciences


Name

The name of the Consortium is Nordic Doctoral Training in Health Sciences, and it is abbreviated “NorDoc”.

 

Membership
The Consortium is open to doctoral schools or faculties of health and medical sciences of universities in the Nordic countries and territories: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Åland Islands and Greenland.

 

Target audience and aim
The aim of NorDoc is to initiate, facilitate and intensify collaboration among the Nordic doctoral schools/faculties in all relevant fields of health and medical sciences. The aim is done for the benefit of Nordic doctoral students including PhD students, PhD fellows, doctoral fellows, etc. and their supervisors to support and ensure the highest possible quality in doctoral education in health and medical sciences.


Furthermore, it is the aim of the network to initiate and facilitate relevant joint actions of the Nordic doctoral schools, specifically in terms of:

  • enabling cross-border collaboration between doctoral schools in the Nordic countries
  • working jointly to obtain reciprocal acknowledgement of Nordic doctoral education

  • enabling free access for Nordic doctoral candidates to current PhD courses offered by the Parties, in accordance with the NorDoc Open Market Agreement for PhD courses and each Party´s internal rules and the maximum number of participants in each course.

  • exploiting common existing resources and capacities for the benefit of arranging PhD courses in all relevant fields of research at the highest possible scientific level

  • attracting international scientific resources and capacities for joint activities

  • promoting and encouraging mobility of doctoral candidates and researchers in and between the Nordic countries

  • arranging conferences, seminars etc. on topics of common interest

  • applying for funding for research education activities and other relevant joint activities

  • providing policymakers with information on matters concerning doctoral education in health sciences

  • expand knowledge of and understanding for doctoral education in the Nordic countries

  • identifying and sharing best practices.