Chemistry and Biological Science - PhD

Chemistry and Biological Science is a subfield within the doctoral programme in Science and Technology at UiS. The subfield has specialisations in chemistry, biochemistry, and environmental technology. The doctoral programme is linked to the research within each of these specialisations.

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About the subfield

The PhD programme is structured around a common academic and technological platform. This platform includes protein chemistry/enzymology, gene technology, spectroscopic/spectrometric methods, analytic and physical/biophysical chemistry, organic synthesis, cell/tissue culture, respirometry, applied microbiology and purification technology. Furthermore, the platform will include expertise in modelling chemical and biological processes, the practical application of bioinformatics and the application of regulatory technical aspects within signal and control processes.

The field of chemistry is dedicated to finding sustainable solutions in areas such as green chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and the development of functional materials and processes. Bioscience research covers a wide range of subjects, including biochemistry, plant physiology, cancer cell metabolism, gut microbiome, parasitology, and the creation of new biomaterials and drug delivery methods. Other areas of interest in bioscience research include marine ecotoxicology, fish health, and environmental monitoring. Additionally, the department collaborates closely with Stavanger University Hospital to study different types of cancer and the processes behind neurodegenerative and immunological disorders. Improving wastewater treatment and resource recovery is also a major focus of environmental technology research, which combines elements of chemistry, engineering, and biotechnology. All of these research efforts are aligned with the priorities of One Health, sustainability, and the circular economy.


Department of Chemistry, Bioscience and Environmental Engineering.

Target audience

Students with a minimum five-year master’s degree in chemistry, biological science, environmental technology, or similar.

Study Courses

Students select study courses depending on their chosen specialisation. Courses from other universities can also be selected as long as the course covers the learning outcomes for the programme.

Project Courses

Project courses are supervisor-led and tailored according to the needs of the PhD project. The following project courses are offered:

Learning outcomes will also be covered through completion of research documented by the doctoral thesis, disputation, participation in conferences with presentations, research/study abroad and preparation of scientific papers.

Academic contact

Head of Department
Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Chemistry, Bioscience and Environmental Engineering

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