The admission requirements are a Master's degree of level 2.1 or 2.2 or a comparable degree. Schools or faculties can require certain minimal grades and set special rules on the admission and qualifications of students.
Knowledge: Upon graduation a student possesses specialised knowledge in a scholarly field. This entails that a student:
- possesses a broad and detailed understanding of the main theories, basic points, concepts and latest available knowledge
- has taken initiative in creating new knowledge and interpreting it with research or other recognised scholarly methods
- has contributed important innovations in the form of new knowledge, original utilisation or interpretation of existing knowledge
- demonstrates knowledge of scholarly ethics and has taken a carefully considered position on his own research and that of others from an ethical standpoint.
Skills: Upon graduation a student can employ specialised procedures and work methods in a specialised scholarly field. This entails that a student:
- can organise and carry out extensive research that broadens and/or redefines current methodology in a scholarly field
- can investigate or develop projects addressing the problems and subjects in a scholarly field
- has at his fingertips the basic skills, technology, methods, materials and references related to the relevant scholarly field
- can employ critical analysis, assessment and integration to new and complex projects
- can utilise general and specialised equipment for research and research techniques
- can use software to support and improve work in the relevant scholarly field
- can specify specialised software for improvements to methods and work procedures
- can critically assess statistical and graphical information
- has applied recent research or developed working methods improving or expanding the current scope of knowledge of the relevant scholarly field
- demonstrate originality in developing and utilising new knowledge, understanding and methods
- has dedicated himself to a critical stance on knowledge and has presented an academic article publishable in a peer-reviewed publication in Iceland or the international arena.
Qualifications: Upon graduation a student shall be able to utilise his knowledge and skills in work and/or further studies. This entails that a student:
- can assume full responsibility for his own projects and the work of others
- can demonstrate independence and initiative in professional and academic work
- can effectively tell cohorts, other scholars and the general public about his academic specialty
- can participate in critical discussions, take initiative and lead academic communications.