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Offshore Technology, Ph.D.

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University rank #1022 (BCR) Stavanger, Norway
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 at the University of Stavanger 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.


The faculty offers consistent educational programmes from bachelor's to PhD degree. This applies to all programmes at the Faculty, provided that candidates meet the necessary entry requirements / qualifications. In other words, students have the opportunity to achieve the highest level of education at the faculty that are found within the Norwegian educational system today. According to today's job market, job opportunities are very good for our students after graduation, this applies to all levels of education (Bachelor, Master, PhD). Several of our PhD candidates have job opportunities in the private sector during their PhD studies, especially as several of the doctoral projects are financed with external funds, here also including funds from industry / business sector. In addition, several of our research teams have good working relationships with the public sector both regionally and nationally.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Programme courses:
  • Philosophy of science and ethics 
  • Innovation and project comprehension
Study courses:
  • Environmental loads on structures 
  • Selected topics in industrial asset management 
  • Advanced topics in computational methods 
  • Advanced mechanical design and simulation
Project courses:
  • Civil and offshore structural engineering
  • Mechanical engineering and materials science
  • Industrial asset management
  • Marine and subsea technology

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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