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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.

Studying in Norway

The UN consistently ranks Norway as having the highest standard of living in the world based largely on average levels of education and income, combined with expected length of lifetime.

54 Doctor of Philosophy PhDs in Norway

Ph.D. 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
Ph.D. Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This Innovation and Entrepreneurship PhD specialisation at BI Norwegian Business School 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
Ph.D. Leadership and Organisation

This Phd Leadership and Organisation specialisation offered at BI Norwegian Business School is an international programme designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to the advancement of research and practice within the field of leadership and organisation.

Doctoral Programmes
Ph.D. Specialisation in Linguistics

The Specialiation in Linguistics PhD program at 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.

Ph.D. Petroleum Engineering

The Petroleum Engineering is offered by the University of Stavanger. The curriculum is balanced between theory and practice, in such a way that you can end up mastering a scientific topic and contribute to the development of the domain at the same time.

PhD Programmes
Ph.D. Specialisation in Popular Music Performance

The aim of the training component within the PhD Specialisation in Popular Music Performance at University of Agder is both to give PhD candidates a width dimension in their respective PhD study, and the topics should support the dissertation work, theoretically and methodologically.

Ph.D. 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
Ph.D. Specialisation in Mechatronics

After satisfactory completion of their degree, PhD candidates of the Specialisation in Mechatronics at 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.

Ph.D. Specialisation in Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

The Specialisation in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) PhD programme at 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.

Ph.D. 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 programme is offered by the University of Stavanger.

PhD Programmes
Ph.D. Animal and Aquacultural Sciences

The PhD programme in Animal and Aquacultural Sciences is offered by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) at the Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences. The objective of the PhD education is to give candidates knowledge, skills and expertise in line with the Norwegian qualifications framework.

Faculty of Biosciences
Ph.D. Marketing

The PhD Marketing programme at BI Norwegian Business School focuses on developing the doctoral candidates' theoretical knowledge and methodological skills required to become successful marketing researchers.

Doctoral Programmes
Ph.D. Economics

The Economics programme at BI Norwegian Business School prepares candidates for the international academic job market, for positions in research organisations and consulting firms, as well as national and international institutions like central banks, the IMF and the World Bank.

Doctoral Programmes
Ph.D. Industrial Ecology

The PhD in Industrial Ecology is offered by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). 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.

Ph.D. Specialisation in Mathematics Education

The Specialisation in Mathematics Education at 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.

Ph.D. Nautical Operations

The doctoral programme in Nautical Operations offered by the 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.

Ph.D. Person-Centred Healthcare

The PhD programme in Person-Centred Healthcare is offered by the University College of Southeast Norway. 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.

Ph.D. Environmental Sciences

The PhD programme in Environmental Sciences offered by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) is a doctoral programme that will educate independent researchers of international calibre in conjunction with national and international research communities.

Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Ph.D. Offshore Technology

The Phd in Offshore Technology is offered by the University of Stavanger. Its expertise spreads amongst topics such as civil engineering, marine and subsea technology and others.

PhD Programmes
Ph.D. 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)
Ph.D. Veterinary Science

On completion of the PhD Veterinary Science programme at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), new doctors are expected to have in-depth knowledge in the chosen subject area within the PhD programme of study in Veterinary Science, and to be at the forefront of knowledge in their field of expertise within this discipline.

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Ph.D. Economics and Business

The aim of the Economics and Business PhD programme at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) is to qualify candidates for research of international standard within all the department’s subject areas, and for other work that require scientific insight and analytical thinking and skills. PhD students learn to work in accordance with recognized principles of academic and research ethics.

School of Economics and Business
Ph.D. Logistics

The Logistics PhD Programme offered by the Molde University College is a three-year full-time programme leading to a doctoral degree in logistics.

Ph.D. Specialisation in Religion, Ethics, History and Society

The aim for the Specialisation in Religion, Ethics, History and Society at 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.

Ph.D. Risk Management and Societal Safety

The PhD programme in Risk Management and Societal Safety is offered by the University of Stavanger. Esentially, it is a co-operation between the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Faculty of Social Sciences. This co-operation makes it possible to approach the subject from different vantage points, and technical, financial and social scientific approaches are incorporated in the programme. 

PhD Programmes
Ph.D. Art in Context (KIK)

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.

Ph.D. 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 Literacy Studies programme is offered by the University of Stavanger.

PhD Programmes
Ph.D. 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
Ph.D. 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 University of Agder is to further develop the candidates' academic qualifications in the academic areas of health science, nursing, sports, nutrition, and psychosocial health.

Ph.D. Life and Food Science

The objective of the PhD programme in Life and Food Science is offered by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) education is to give candidates knowledge, skills and expertise in line with the Norwegian qualifications framework.

Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Ph.D. Specialisation in Renewable Energy

After satisfactory completion of their Specialisation in Renewable Energy degree, PhD candidates at 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.

Ph.D. Specialisation in Applied Mathematics

After satisfactory completion of their Specialisation in Applied Mathematics degree, PhD candidates at 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.

Ph.D. Strategic Management

The PhD Specialisation in Strategic Management at BI Norwegian Business School is developed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills which enable them to produce important and original research of high quality.

Doctoral Programmes
Ph.D. Plant Sciences

The PhD programme in Plant Sciences at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) shall qualify students for research of international standard and for other work in society where there are high demands on scientific insight and analytical thinking, in accordance with recognised principles of academic and research ethics.

Faculty of Biosciences
Ph.D. Theology and Religion

The program in Theology and Religion at VID Specialized University is intended to prepare students for professional careers in teaching, writing, and scholarship, as well as for leadership opportunities with religious organizations, social service agencies, NGOs, publishing, and in educational institutions.

Department of Masterdegrees
Ph.D. Specialisation in Education

The goal of the Specialisation in Education programme at 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.

Ph.D. Biological Chemistry

The PhD in Biological Chemistry offered by the 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
Ph.D. Ecology and Natural Resource Management

The PhD programme in Ecology and Natural Resource Management at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) is a doctoral programme that will educate independent researchers of international calibre in conjunction with national and international research communities.

Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Ph.D. 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 offered by the University of Stavanger.

PhD Programmes
Ph.D. Specialisation in Literary Studies

The Specialization in Literary Studies PhD programme at 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.