Offshore Technology – PhD in Offshore Technology

The programme carries a total of 180 credits and 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:
programme courses (10 credits), study courses (10 credits) and project courses (10 credits).

Programme courses:

Two programme courses are compulsory:

  • TN900 Philosophy of science and ethics (5 credits)
  • TN910 Innovation and project comprehension (5 credits)


Study courses:

Four study courses are offered:

  • OFF900 Environmental loads on structures (10 credits)
  • OFF910 Selected topics in industrial asset management (10 credits)
  • MSK910 Advanced topics in computational methods (10 credits)
  • MSK900 Advanced mechanical design and simulation (10 credits)


Students select one of these topics depending on their specialization. Study courses from other universities, 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 (150 credits), disputation, participation at conferences with presentations, research/study abroad and preparation of scientific papers.


OFF905 Civil and offshore structural engineering

OFF915 Mechanical engineering and materials science

OFF920 Industrial asset management

OFF925 Marine and subsea technology


The PhD programme in Offshore Technology is a course that forms part of the PhD programme in Technology and Natural Science at the University of Stavanger. The PhD programme in Offshore Technology is made up of the following areas:

  • Civil and offshore structural engineering
  • Mechanical engineering and materials science
  • Marine and subsea technology
  • Industrial asset management


The PhD programme is connected with research within each of these specialist areas.

Within civil and offshore structural engineering, research is being conducted into structures on land and offshore. This research includes fatigue analysis and the breaking of steel structures, particularly offshore pipelines, analysis of wind-induced swaying of thin structures and analysis of dynamic response of offshore platforms, etc.

Within mechanical engineering, research is being conducted on modulation, analysis and system development within complex mechanical engineering systems, operations and processes. Research activities focus on the development of methods and techniques using modern computer tools for complex calculations such as finite element methods and computational fluid dynamics as well as applications within optimization of various geometric profiles for effective energy conversion (including wave energy and gas and wind turbines), material modelling, product development, production and integrated operations and systems.

Within materials science, research is mainly focused on the use of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for characterising materials. Relevant areas for PhD projects include studies into precipitation in aluminium alloys and corrosion-resistant (duplex) steel.

Marine and subsea technology integrates research with the subject area of mechanical and structural engineering. The work is primarily concerned with the safety and reliability of structures, requalification of offshore structures, structure dynamics, efficient energy systems and wells.

Research activity within industrial asset management is integrated with the Centre for Industrial Asset Management (CIAM). Relevant areas include performance management, maintenance technology and management, reliability-based inspection planning, condition monitoring, integrated operations, risk-based decisions and work processes, industrial services, optimization of costs and human-technology-organization.

Kilde: CP Published 22.12.2014