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  1. Mathematics, Doctorate

    Definition The PhD degree in mathematics is a three-year course of studies at the Faculty of Physical Sciences, University of Iceland. The course is at least 180 ECTS and on completion the student is entitled to the degree of philosophiae doctor. The main part of the course is a research project worth 180 ECTS under the direction of a supervisor. The student writes a thesis which testifies to a wide and thorough knowledge in a chosen field and contains new and important results. Type of knowledge Advanced knowledge, theoretical and practical, focusing in depth on the latest research advances in a specialised field. Knowledge, ability and skills On completion of his/her studies the student should be able to demonstrate knowledge, ability and skills as follows: 1 Knowledge and understanding1.1 The student has a deep and thorough knowledge in a chosen specialised area of mathematics that is the subject of active research. 1.2 The student understands the place of his/her specialised subject within the body of mathematical knowledge and knows its connections with other specialised areas. 2 Theoretical skills2.1 The student has full mastery over a chosen specialised area of mathematics.2.2 The student can initiate the creation of new mathematical knowledge as he/she has demonstrated such by presenting new and important results in his/her thesis.2.3 The student can conduct research independently in his/her specialised field.2.4 The student can solve demanding theoretical problems in his/her specialised field. 3 Pract ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  2. Medical Life Sciences, Doctorate

    Knowledge, ability and skillsOn completion of doctoral studies the student should have fulfilled the following criteria in addition to those fulfilled at the previous level: 1. Knowledge and understanding1.1. The student has acquired extensive and deep understanding of the main theories, principles, concepts and the most recent findings within a selected area of health sciences or bio-medical sciences. He has deepened considerably his knowledge from that acquired at the previous levels. 1.2. The student has adopted an original and critical way of thinking as regards the area of research and is able to put forward and develop theoretical ideas. 1.3. The student possesses an understanding of the nature of scientific research and is aware of the rights and obligations of scientists, including matters concerning ethical conduct towards study participants and colleagues, discretion, copyright, ethics and intellectual property as regards results and data.1.4. The student has initiated the creation of new knowledge and its interpretation by means of research that has withstood analysis and critique by scholars in the relevant field.1.5. The student possesses knowledge and understanding acquired through individual research which is considered an important contribution to the relevant field of research. 1.6. The student has a knowledge of the systems used in the financing of research and its evaluation and understands how research is applied for academic, administrative as well as commercial purposes. 2. Practical abi ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  3. Disability Studies, Doctorate

    Knowledge, Ability and SkillsAt the conclusion of the doctoral degree, the student shall have achieved the following benchmarks in addition to those achieved at the previous levels: 1. Knowledge and Understanding1.1 The student has acquired and extensive and in-depth understanding of the main theories, basic precepts, concepts, and most recent knowledge in the field of disability studies. The knowledge is significantly more substantial than that obtained at previous levels.1.2 The student possesses extensive knowledge of research methodology.1.3 The student has adopted independent, innovative, and critical thinking and can put forth and develop academic ideas.1.4 The student has an understanding of the nature of social scientific research and knows the rights and obligations of scientists, including when it comes to confidentiality,ethics, and ownership of results and data.1.5 The student has had an initiative in the creation of new knowledge and its interpretation through research submitted to the review and criticism of scholars in the appropriate field.1.6 The student possesses knowledge and understanding acquired through his/her own research, which can be considered an important contribution to the academic field in question.1.7 The student is familiar with the systems used to finance and evaluate research and has an understanding of the practical uses of research in academia and the corporate environment.2. Practical Knowledge and Practices 2.1 The student can organize and implement independent research wh ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  4. Danish, Doctorate

    1. Knowledge and understanding1.1. Doctoral students possess a clear and in-depth of all the fundamental elements of their special field of knowledge, as well as its main theories, concepts and terms and most recent developments. The level of understanding and expertise will be more extensive and deeper than that required at the previous degree level.1.2. Doctoral students possess a firm grasp of their field of specialisation and show an excellent knowledge of all elements pertaining to that area field of specialisation.1.3. Doctoral students are able to make important and innovatory contributions to their field of specialisation, either in the form of new knowledge or in the innovative utilisation and interpretation of previous knowledge.1.4. Doctoral students possess a good understanding of the scientific and methodological aspects of the subject, both those that apply to its theory and to the general body of opinion concerning the subject, its ideas and ethical standards1.5. Doctoral students will be well aware of the financing of scientific research, how it is externally assessed and its practical application.2. Types of knowledge2.1. Doctoral students possess an extensive knowledge and understanding that they have developed via their own research and independent contribution, considered as important to their field of expertise.2.2. Doctoral students have defined and presented original ideas in a clear manner and evolved new knowledge on t ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  5. Biology, Doctorate

    Definition A three to four year theoretical and practical research-based postgraduate programme of studies in biology at the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Iceland. The programme provides at least 180 ECTS units of credit and qualifies for the degree of philosophiae doctor, PhD. Entrance requirements are a research-based MS degree in biology or a comparable qualification. The scope of the research project shall be 180 ECTS units. Doctoral studies are governed by special Faculty regulations. Type of knowledge The student possesses knowledge and understanding acquired from research carried out on an individual basis.The student's research findings shall contribute in a significant way to the development of the relevant field of study.The student shall have initiated new knowledge in biology, and its interpretation, with research which measures up to reviews and critique of other scholars in the relevant field. Knowledge, ability and skills On completion of doctoral studies the student should have fulfilled the following criteria in addition to those fulfilled at the former level: 1. Knowledge and understanding1.1. The student has acquired extensive and deep understanding of the main theories, principles, concepts and the most recent findings within a selected area of biology. The knowledge is more in-depth than acquired at previous levels.1.2. The student has adopted an original and critical way of thinking as regards the area of research and is able to put forward and develop theoretic ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  6. Global Studies, Doctorate

    Knowledge At the completion of the studies, the student is able to: Describe and classify general scientific theories, in particular those of importance for global studies. Explain and summarise key issues, concepts and state of the art of global studies and their societal importance. Present, evaluate and argue for new knowledge within the field of global studies that meets peer-review standards. Explain and present research findings and describe researchers' rights and obligations, including confidentiality towards informants, copy-right, science ethics and ownership of results and data. List and give examples of research funding and evaluate their relevance. Skills At the completion of the studies, the student is able to: Explain the field of global studies for colleagues, other scientists and the general public. Able to collaborate in a small group of collaborators or in the wider context of the scientific community and other stakeholders. Present and argue for own research in seminars and oral examinations, and explain own research in diverse scientific fora. Prepare and lead a research project with specific research aims and milestones and clearly identified research components. Use information technology to collect and register scientific information, and make it accessible for systematic use in research. Ability At the completion of the studies, the student is able to: Identify, classify and critically examine data and other information within the field of global studies. Summarise state of the art with ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  7. Mechanical Engineering, Doctorate

    Definition A three-year academic and applied research-oriented graduate programme in mechanical engineering at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Iceland. The programme is 210 credits and comprises at least 30 credits in courses and 180 credits in a research project. Admission requirements are a research oriented MS degree or equivalent. Graduates from related disciplines can be admitted on fulfilling supplementary requirements. Knowledge, competence and skills On completion of the doctoral examination the student can demonstrate knowledge, skills and competence as detailed below: 1. Knowledge and understanding: 1.1. The student has gained extensive and detailed knowledge of the main theories, fundamental aspects, concepts and of the newest knowledge in a chosen area in the field of mechanical engineering. The knowledge is significantly deeper than that which he gained at previous levels. 1.2. The student has adopted innovative and critical thinking in his research activities and can present and develop theoretical concepts. 1.3. The student understands the nature of scientific research and knows the rights and obligations of the scientist, including aspects relating to confidentiality, copyright, ethics and intellectual property rights of results and data. 2. Type of knowledge: 2.1. The student is an expert in the field he has researched and his research is considered a significant contribution to the research field in question. 2.2. The student ha ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  8. Museum Studies, Doctorate

    Knowledge, Ability and SkillsAt the conclusion of the doctoral program, the student shall be able to meet the guidelines listed below, in addition to what has been reached at the previous level: 1. Knowledge and Understanding1.1 The student has an extensive and detailed understanding of the main theories, basics, concepts and most recent knowledge within a specific field of museology. The knowledge is significantly more substantial than that achieved during the previous level of study.1.2 The student has adopted an original and critical way of thinking in relation to his/her research field and can put forth and develop scholarly ideas.1.3 The student has an understanding of the nature of scientific research and knows the rights and obligations of scientists, including issues relating to confidentiality, copyright, ownership of results and data.1.4 The student has taken the initiative to in creating new knowledge and interpreting it through research which has passed review and critique from scholars in the field.1.5 The student possesses knowledge and understanding acquired through own research, which can be considered an important contribution to the field of research.1.6 The student knows the systems for financing and evaluating research and has an understanding of how research is used for academic and practical purposes. 2. Practical Skills and Ability2.1 The student can execute a research project by setting research objectives and milestones, and prioritizing project factors.2.2 The student can design and us ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  9. Computational Engineering, Doctorate

    DefinitionA three-year academic and applied  research-oriented graduate programme in computational engineering at Faculty of Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Iceland. The programme is 210 ECTS credits and consists of 30 ECTS in courses and a 180 ECTS research project.  Admission requirements are a research oriented MSc degree or equivalent. Graduates from related disciplines can be admitted on fulfilling supplementary requirements. Knowledge, competence and skills  On completion of the doctorate examination the student shall have gained the following competence in addition to that gained at previous levels. 1  Knowledge and understanding1.1  The student has adopted innovative and critical thinking in his field of research  and can present and develop theoretical concepts.1.2  The student understands the nature of scientific research and knows the rights and obligations of the scientist, including aspects relating to confidentiality, copyright, ethics and intellectual property rights of results and data.1.3  The student has taken the initiative in creating new knowledge and in interpreting this knowledge with research that has withstood the inspection and review of academics in the same field at international level.1.4  The student has gained knowledge and understanding through his research that is considered a significant contribution to the research field in question.1.5  The student knows the systems used to finance research and how evaluations are perfo ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  10. Development Studies, Doctorate

    Knowledge At the completetion of the studies, the student is able to: Describe and classify general scientific theories, in particular those of importance for development studies. Explain and summarize key issues, concepts and state of the art of development studies and their societal importance. Present, evaluate and argue for new knowledge within the field of development studies that meets peer-review standards. Explain and present research findings and describe researchers‘ rights and obligations, including confidienciality towards informants, copy-right, science ethics og ownership of results and data. List and give examples of research funding and evaluate their relevance.   Skills At the completetion of the studies the student is able to: Explain the field of development studies for collegues, other scientists and the general public. Able to collaborate in a small group of collaborators or in the wider context of the scientific community and other stakeholders. Present and argue for own research in seminars and oral examinations, and explain own research in diverse scientific fora. Prepare and lead a research project with specific research aims and milestones and clearly identified research components. Use information technology to collect and register scientific information, and make it accessible for systematic use in research.   Ability At the completetion of the studies the student is able to: Identify, classify and critically examine data and other information within the field of development studies. ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland

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