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Only 15% of Norwegian doctoral students finish degrees on time


Analysis claims too few completions take place within contract durations, but Nord University doubts numbers

The number of doctoral students who complete their degree within their original contract is too low, with just 15 per cent finishing in the agreed time, a study has shown. 

The Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills has criticised the length of time budding doctorates take to complete their studies, after an analysis by the education ministry showed this had not improved over time. The study looked at PhD candidates who started doctoral education between 2010 and 2015, which totalled 11,901 candidates.

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