Chemistry and Biological Science - Phd in Natural Sciences

The programme is structured with coursework of 30 credits and a research component of 150 credits. The learning outcomes are partly covered by programmes which are further divided into three types: 1) programme courses (10 credits), 2) study courses (10 credits) and 3) project courses (10 credits).

Programme courses:

There are two programme courses: TN900 Philosophy of science and ethics (5 credits) and TN910 Innovation and project comprehension (5 credits). Both courses are compulsory.

Study courses:

There are two study courses in the PhD programme:

BIO 904 Selected courses in molecular biology and biological chemistry (10 credits)

MLJ 903 Applied instrumental analysis (10 credits)

Students select one of these topics depending on the specialization in their research project. Study courses from other branches of the programme, other universities and national research courses, etc., can also be selected, as long as the course covers the learning outcomes for the programme.

Project courses:

The content of project courses is customized according to the needs of the PhD project and carries a total of 10 credits. 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.

BIO905 PhD Project course in biological chemistry

MLJ 906 PhD Project course in environmental science and technology

MLJ907 PhD Project course in chemistry 


Description of the subject areas in the programme

A PhD in Chemistry and Biosciences provides the basis for educating candidates in preparation for several important industry clusters regionally and throughout Norway: the environment, agriculture/food, the health sector and the oil and chemicals industry.

Research in the area of chemistry and biosciences at the University of Stavanger (UiS) includes subjects such as repair of DNA damage, conversion of nutrients, breaking down pesticides and environmental toxins, environmentally-friendly manufacturing chemicals for the oil industry, biological rhythms, bioactive components in food, reaction kinetics, signal-transduction pathways, enzyme studies, modelling chemical and biological processes, purification and separation technology, plastid division and development, and studies into different types of cancer and processes that lead to neurodegenerative or immunological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease or Sjögren’s disease.

A common denominator for many of the research themes in the PhD programme can be said to be influences from the environment (e.g. radiation, nutrients, light/darkness, environmental toxins) on organisms and how they adapt to such factors, and vice versa, and the influence of microorganisms on components in the environment.

The PhD programme is structured around a common academic and technological platform. This platform includes protein chemistry/enzymology, gene technology, spectroscopic 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.

Kilde: CP Published 24.08.2015