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Biological Chemistry, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #1022 (BCR) Stavanger, Norway
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).


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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • 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.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Admission to the PhD programme normally requires applicants to have a five-year master's degree.
  • The applicant must have a strong academic background. 
  • The grade for the thesis and the weighted average grade of the Master's programme, must both separately equal B or better. 
  • Applicants with a background from other disciplines than those approved by the faculty for admission to the study, or with a weaker grade basis, can be admitted by special assessment. 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Stavanger

  • 10497 - 15900 NOK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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