External candidates

PhD candidates admitted to PhD programmes at other institutions are welcome to take PhD courses at BI.

Apply for PhD courses


Enrolment in a PhD programme is a general requirement for participation in PhD courses at BI Norwegian Business School. We therefore ask that you attach confirmation of enrolment in a PhD programme when signing up for any of our courses.

The Courses  page provides an overview of courses BI offers in each of our six specialisations that external candidates may attend. If the dates for courses are not published, it means they have not yet been decided. Course descriptions are available for each course directly under the course title.

Candidates may also be allowed to sit in on courses by approval of the course coordinator. Sitting in on courses does not permit registration for courses, handing in exams or gaining credits for the course. Course certificates or confirmation letters will not be issued for sitting in on courses. Please contact the course coordinator if you should wish to sit in on the course, and inform the Doctoral Administration of the decision.

Please note that BI will give priority to its own PhD candidates if the courses look as if they will be fully booked. This is usually the case with our common courses which are compulsory for BI's PhD candidates.


Usually, readings will be made available digitally. The Doctoral Administration will provide you with a username and password for our student portal.

Lodging, transport and how to get here

All classes are held on BI’s campus in Oslo. No digital alternatives will be offered, so applicants must be prepared to attend class in person. BI does not cover travel costs or accommodation for external candidates who wish to take courses at BI. Please also note that changes in course dates and times may occur.

BI Norwegian Business School is situated in Nydalen, a ten minute journey with the metro from the city centre of Oslo. The closest airport to BI is Oslo Gardermoen. The closest hotel (situated right opposite BI) is the Radisson Blu Hotel Nydalen.

Transcript of records / Course Certificates

You will be issued with a transcript of records from the Doctoral Administration the semester after completion of the course. Please contact us if you have not received such a transcript.

Contact us

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like further information about our PhD programme.