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Behavior analysis

As a PhD candidate in behavior analysis you will conduct independent research leading to a scientific dissertation of high international standard.

Aims and contents

Behavior analysis as a discipline includes experimental, applied and conceptual behavior analysis – with varied and interesting research questions in all three areas. Behavior analysis is an academic scientific discipline with the advantage of built-in practical usefulness. It is of high societal importance to have a demonstrably effective technology for promoting behavioral change.

The candidates’ workplaces will be in connection with labgroups that are organized around research projects. The candidates will perform an independent research project that forms the basis for a doctoral dissertation and a public defense of this dissertation. This part of the program constitutes 150 ECTS credits.

All courses are taught in Pilestredet, Oslo.

It is possible to apply for single courses. More information can be found in  Course overview.


Application deadline

There is ongoing admission to the PhD programme.

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to the PhD programme, the applicant must have a five year Master's Degree or equivalent, which the university college has approved as basis for admission to the PhD programme.

Course description


Elective and mandatory
Research ethics and professional standards
Research methods in behavior analysis

Programme information


PhD programme in Behavior analysis Individual. 180 ECTS 3 years, full time Pilestredet, Oslo Norwegian and English No fees.

Contact us

Academic coordinator: Ingunn Sandaker

Administrative coordinator: Kim Henrik Ruud

E-mail: phd-hf@hioa.no

Contact the Faculty of Health Sciences

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Career opportunities

The candidate will receive advanced training in theories and methods which will provide a foundation for independent and objective thinking suitable for research in the field of behavior analysis.

More about career opportunities

A graduate from the Ph.D. program in behavior analysis will be qualified for high level research and teaching positions in academic institutions. The program will give the graduates qualifications for applied and clinical work.

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