Study Doctor of Philosophy in Norway

Study Doctor of Philosophy in Norway

Studying Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. (also PhD, Doctor of Philosophy) is the highest postgraduate degree that can be achieved at universities. People awarded with a PhD are normally allowed to have a teaching position at a university.

The Ph.D. is a scientific research doctorate or doctorate studies with a duration of typically three to five years. Despite its name, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is not limited to philosophy related studies but is awarded in most disciplines. The discipline name is usually attached with an "in" to the title (e.g. Ph.D. in Economics).

Typically, a Ph.D. degree is pursued after completion of a Master's programme. However, in some cases it is already possible to pursue a PhD after achieving a Bachelor's degree. In the UK, Ph.D. candiates usually enrol for a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) course first.

After a short period of typically one year, the supervisor decides upon an acceptance to the Ph.D. programme.

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54 Doctor of Philosophy PhDs in Norway

PhD Leadership and Organisation

The PhD specialisation in Leadership and Organisation is developed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills which enable them to produce important and original research of high quality. Available scholarships! Application deadline 1 February, 2017.

Doctoral Programmes
PhD Marketing

The PhD specialisation in Marketing is developed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills which enable them to produce important and original research of high quality. Available scholarships! Application deadline 1 February, 2017.

Doctoral Programmes
PhD Economics

The specialisation in Economics is designed to give solid training in performing high quality scientific research in economics, making use of economic theory and econometric methods that reflect the state of the art in modern economic research.

Doctoral Programmes
PhD Finance

The PhD specialisation in Finance at BI Norwegian Business School provides candidates with an in-depth and intensive training programme at the cutting edge of both theoretical and empirical research in finance.

Doctoral Programmes
PhD Strategic Management

The PhD Specialisation in Strategic Management is developed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills which enable them to produce important and original research of high quality. Available scholarships! Application deadline 1 February 2017.

Doctoral Programmes
PhD Information Technology

The Information Technology course is delivered by University of Stavanger. Through our research we are seeking to investigate and utilize the interaction between practical challenges in the design of distributed computer systems and new theoretical insights into distributed algorithms.

PhD Programmes
PhD Information Security

The Faculty of Computer Science and Media Technology is home to the largest research group in information security in Norway and arguably in Scandinavia, which allows offering a specialised doctoral degree programme in information security. This Ph.D. in Information Security programme consists of a taught component with introductory and research skill as well as specialised courses and seminars on research topics and of guided and independent studies comprising the bulk of the time. It is is offered both on a full-time and part-time basis with a nominal full-time study duration of three years.

Faculty of Computer Science and Media Technology
PhD Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This specialisation educates candidates to become researchers capable of exploring challenges faced in entrepreneurial business and innovation policies. They will be able to contribute new insights to the frontiers of international research.

Doctoral Programmes
PhD Specialization in Linguistics

The Specialization in Linguistics PhD program at the University of Agder is a researcher education program. The main objective of the program is to enable candidates attain a high level of linguistic expertise in linguistics.

PhD Petroleum Engineering

The main aim of petroleum geology research is concentrated in understanding the processes and mechanisms that form reservoirs and petroleum systems. This includes describing the properties of reservoirs and the formation, migration and accumulation of hydrocarbons. The programme is delivered by University of Stavanger.

PhD Programmes
PhD Specialization in Popular Music Performance

The PhD Specialization in Popular Music Performance at the University of Agder is standardized to three years of work with a total of 180 ECTS credits. The program consists of a training component totalling 30 ECTS credits and a dissertation study with a total of 150 ECTS credits under supervision.

PhD Business

A doctoral degree in Business from Nord University Business School qualifies successful candidiates for demanding academic and research activities in higher education, or in business and industry

Bodø Graduate School of Business
PhD International Environment and Development Studies

This Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) International Environment and Development Studies programme integrates development issues with research on environmental problems and natural resource management, resource rights and conflicts, human security, environmental governance, agricultural development and food security.

Dept. of International Environment and Development Studies, Noragric
PhD Specialisation in Information- and Communication Technology (ICT)

The Specialisation in Information- and Communication Technology (ICT) PhD programme at the University of Agder consists of a coursework component of 30 credits and the dissertation of 150 credits. Work with the dissertation is done under the supervision of two highly qualified scholars in the field, one of them being the main supervisor.

PhD Special Needs Education

The PhD is Educational Sciences is a doctoral programme at the Faculty of Arts and Education. The programme is run in close collaboration with the PhD programme in Literacy at the same faculty. The Special Needs Education course is delivered by University of Stavanger.

PhD Programmes
PhD Industrial Ecology

The challenge addressed by Industrial Ecology program is how to increase sustainability on different scales (society, sector, company, products/services), with the major emphasis on improving environmental and economic performance of important activities in society.

Engineering and Architecture
PhD Specialisation in Mathematics Education

The Specialisation in Mathematics Education at the University of Agder provides research education over 3 years of full time studies. The main objective of the PhD programme is to ensure that the candidates attain a high level of scientific expertise in Mathematics Education.

PhD Nautical Operations

The doctoral programme in Nautical Operations from University College of Southeast Norway trains qualified candidates for research, teaching, dissemination and innovation work, and other activities where there is a requirement for scientific insight and an operational maritime focus.

PhD Person-Centred Healthcare

University College of Southeast Norway offers a cross-disciplinary PhD programme in Person-Centred Healthcare. The aim of the programme is to educate for research aiming at producing new knowledge to develop and support person-centred healthcare practice, including health promotive, bio-medical, organizational and political preconditions for such practices.

PhD Offshore Engineering

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. Within civil and offshore structural engineering, research is being conducted into structures on land and offshore.

PhD Programmes
PhD Aquatic Biosciences

The three-year doctoral programme in Aquatic Biosciences from Nord University is intended to gain in depth knowledge on the biology of aquatic organisms – both wild and cultured, their interactions with the environment, naturalchanges and anthropogenic effects on the aquatic ecosystems, and sustainable and safe production ofaquatic organisms for food.

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA)
PhD Economics and Business

The PhD programme in Economics and Business at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) – School of Economics and Business qualify candidates for research of international standard within all the department’s subject areas, and for other work where there are high demands on scientific insight and analytical thinking.

School of Economics and Business
PhD Logistics

The PhD Programme at Molde University College is a three-year full-time programme leading to a doctoral degree in logistics. The conferral of the doctoral degree in logistics signifies that the candidate has attained expert competence in a major field of study. Candidates usually plan on spending four years, including a 25% workload outside the programme or with teaching duties at the college.

PhD Specialisation in Religion, Ethics, History and Society

The aim for the Specialisation in Religion, Ethics, History and Society at the University of Agder is to further develop the candidate’s qualifications for research and other work in the fields of religion, ethics and history in a social and humanist context. The PhD programme has three in-depth studies: religion, ethics and history.

PhD Art in Context

Art in Context (KIK) is an interdisciplinary and inter-aesthetic PhD specialisation at the University of Agder. It is anchored academically in the three arts subjects: music, theatre and the visual arts. The term signalises the specialisation’s particular defining characteristic: contextual thinking.

PhD Literacy Studies

Literacy Studies is the study of individual and social use of text, together with cultural, linguistic and social change processes that are a consequence of or related to such use. The programme is delivered by University of Stavanger.

PhD Programmes
PhD Specialisation in Health and Sport Sciences

The PhD programme at the Faculty of Health and Sports Sciences covers all the faculty’s academic areas. The goal of the Specialisation in Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Agder is to further develop the candidates' academic qualifications in the academic areas of health science, nursing, sports, nutrition, and psychosocial health.

PhD Specialisation in Renewable Energy

After satisfactory completion of their Specialisation in Renewable Energy degree, PhD candidates at the University of Agder shall have developed a high level of scientific competence in Renewable Energy. Candidates shall have acquired wide academic knowledge in Renewable Energy and specialized knowledge within a main area in Renewable Energy.

PhD Specialisation in Applied Mathematics

After satisfactory completion of their Specialisation in Applied Mathematics degree, PhD candidates at the University of Agder shall have developed a high level of scientific competence in Mathematics. Candidates shall have acquired wide academic knowledge in Mathematics and specialized knowledge within a main area in Mathematics.

PhD Theology and Religion

The most important component of the Theology and Religion PhD programme from VID Specialized University education is an independent research project that is carried out under close academic supervision.

Department of Masterdegrees
PhD Specialization in Education

The goal of the Specialization in Education programme at the University of Agder is to develop the qualifications of the candidates for work in education in contexts demanding special requirements for scientific insight and work methods.

PhD Biological Chemistry

A PhD in Biological Chemistry at University of Stavanger 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.

PhD Programmes
PhD Specialisation in Mechatronics

After satisfactory completion of their Specialisation in Mechatronics, PhD candidates at the University of Agder shall have developed a high level of scientific competence in mechatronics. Candidates shall have acquired wide academic knowledge in mechatronics and specialized knowledge within a main area in mechatronics.

PhD Management

The area covers a series of management-related phenomena and levels of analysis, from the individual level, focusing on organizational behavior through strategic management at the organizational level of cooperation in industry and community level. The Management programme is delivered by University of Stavanger.

PhD Programmes
PhD Specialization in Literary Studies

The Specialization in Literary Studies PhD programme at the University of Agder is a researcher education programme. Its main objective is to enable candidates to acquire a high level of expertise as researchers in literature.