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PhD Programme in Science and Technology

The PhD programme in Science and Technology at the University of Stavanger offers five specialisations: Petroleum Technology, Offshore Technology, Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics, Risk Management and Societal Safety, and Chemistry and Biological Science.

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About the programme

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The PhD programme consists of mainly active research work under supervision, where the doctoral candidate normally collaborates with supervisors and other researchers. The programme has a training component where the candidate through courses, seminars and colloquia will get the professional and methodical training that is necessary, both for working on the thesis, but also to be able to convey and present own research. The standardised study period for the programme is 3 years.

The PhD programme in Science and Technology is structured with a training component of 30 credits and a research component of 150 credits. The training component is divided into three parts: programme courses, study courses and project courses, all worth 10 credits each.

All specialisations include two mandatory programme courses:

TN900 Theory of Science and Ethics - 5 credits

TN910 Innovation in Research Projects - 5 credits

Study and project courses are selected based on PhD specialisation. The study course is a taught course with a fixed curriculum. The project course is organised by the supervisor team and tailored to the individual PhD project for which the candidate has been admitted.

For a more detailed description of the content and structure, see the description for each specialisation.

  • Petroleum Technology includes the disciplines reservoir engineering, drilling and well technology, energy and natural gas technology, and petroleum geology
  • Offshore Technology includes the disciplines structural and offshore construction, mechanical engineering, materials technology, marine and subsea technology, industrial technology and operations management
  • Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics includes the disciplines mathematics and physics, computer science and signal processing / cybernetics
  • Risk Management and Societal Safety covers the disciplines urban development and design, industrial economics, risk management and societal safety
  • Chemistry and Biological Science cover the disciplines biological chemistry, biomedicine, chemistry and environmental technology

At doctoral level, teaching and learning methods (in the training component) will primarily include lectures, colloquia and seminars, independent study and exercises often with the use of advanced software. In addition, there should be enough time set aside for self-study / self-reflection on the courses offered. For more details on working methods, see the individual course descriptions.

Exam forms vary according to the courses. Typical forms of assessment include written or oral exams, essay submission or presentations of a topic. The assessment methods for each course are specified in the individual course descriptions.

The PhD programme in Science and Technology is in its nature an R&D project. The research areas and activities, and how the individual PhD projects are related to research and development, are described in the individual descriptions for each specialisation.

Academic responsibility for the PhD programme:

Vice Dean of Research, Professor Helge Bøvik Larsen, Head of the Doctoral Committee (DUTN)

Administrative responsibility for the PhD programme:

Office Manager Astrid Elisabet Tveitaskog, Office of Research Administrative Services


The Doctoral Committee at the Faculty of Science and Technology (DUTN):

NameFunctionArea of responsibility
Helge Bøvik Larsen Vice Dean of ResearchOverall
Tor HemmingsenHead of DepartmentDepartment of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science
Alejandro EscalonaHead of DepartmentDepartment of Energy Resources
Øystein ArildHead of DepartmentDepartment of Energy and Petroleum Engineering
Tore MarkesetHead of DepartmentDepartment of Safety, Economics and Planning
Ingunn Westvik JolmaHead of DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry, Bioscience and Environmental Engineering
Bjørn AuestadHead of DepartmentDepartment of Mathematics and Physics
Tom RyenHead of DepartmentDepartment of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Tone Njølstad SlotsvikPhD candidateStudent representative
Carolina HaraAdministrative coordinator


International applicant information:

How to apply

All PhD applications are processed through Jobbnorge. Click the button below to view all available PhD vacancies and to send an application.


At UiS, a PhD candidate is generally a paid fulltime employee for 3 or 4 years. In order to apply for the PhD programme, you must apply for an available PhD vacancy. All available PhD vacancies are announced on our website and are filled according to employment procedures. Vacancies are updated continuously throughout the year. We do not accept self-funded PhD candidates.

English language requirements:

A good proficiency in English is required for anyone attending the PhD programme at the Faculty of Science and Technology. International applicants must document this by taking one of the following tests with the subsequent results:

• TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-Based Test (IBT). Minimum result: 90

• IELTS – International English Language Testing Service.

Minimum result: 6.5

• Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) og Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) from the University of Cambridge

• PTE Academic – Pearson Test of English Academic.

Minimum result: 62

The following applicants are exempt from the above requirements:

• Applicants with one year of completed university studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or USA

• Applicants with an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma

• Applicants with completed bachelor's and / or master's degrees taught in English in one of the Nordic countries or the Netherlands

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