Industrial and Public Sector PhD (PhD Programme in Social Sciences)

An Industrial PhD is a 3-year research project and PhD degree that is carried out in a collaboration involving a private or public sector company, an Industrial PhD candidate and a university.

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Industrial and Public Sector PhDs

In an industrial or public sector PhD scheme, the company and UiS collaborate on a doctoral project. The project is carried out by an employee under the supervision of UiS and the company. Through this scheme, the company builds expertise within its own framework and needs. Simultaneously, the company employee receives a doctoral education strengthened by insight into the company's key challenges, and the research skills to solve these.
Companies that enter into an agreement with UiS and a PhD candidate receive a financial grant through the Norwegian Research Council, which corresponds to half the scholarship rate for three years. The grant is paid directly to the company as project support and not as a personal scholarship to the candidate.
For more information about the scheme and to get in touch with potential supervisors contact the academic leaders for the specialisations that suits your / the company's research profile.
Why choose an Industrial PhD?
What can you get out of an Industrial PhD project?
1. As a student, you get a chance to do an application-oriented research project.
2. As a student, you build a network outside the traditional university sector and acquire a skills profile that is attractive to potential employers both inside and outside the university.
3. As a bridge-builder between company and university, you can contribute to encouraging new research collaborations.


Applicants to the industrial or public sector PhD at the University of Stavanger

In order to be admitted to the PhD programme the applicant must fulfil the following admissions criteria:

  • Minimum 5-year master's degree (i.e. 3-year bachelor's degree and 2-year master's degree).
  • Minimum grade B average on the master's level courses
  • Minimum grade B on the master's thesis

Applicants with backgrounds in other fields than those approved by the faculty for admission to the doctoral programme, or with lower grades, may be admitted after a special assessment. These applicants must be able to document the high likelihood of their completing the PhD programme within the prescribed time. If necessary, they may be required to produce additional documentation at the professional level, for example, through a preliminary examination. Such applicants may also be required to take the necessary qualifying courses and/or supplementary subjects within a given deadline.


Applications for an industrial or public sector PhD are sent directly to the faculty using the application form: Application for Admission to PhD Programme at the University of Stavanger

For the application to be considered complete, the following documents must be enclosed:

  • Certified Copy of master’s degree certificate or equivalent education
  • Certificates from other relevant studies, if any
  • Project description
  • List of publications, if any (beyond master’s thesis)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Documentation of funding for the PhD study
Course of study

The course of study is the same for industrial and public sector PhDs as for PhD candidates that are employed at UiS. For more information of the course of study see the page New PhD candidate and PhD Education at the University of Stavanger. Note that external PhD candidates may also have a required residency at the university.

Useful links :
NFR: Industrial Ph.D. scheme – Doctoral projects in industry
NFR: Public Sector Ph.D. Project – Doctoral Project in the Public Sector
Regulations for the Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) degree at the University of Stavanger