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Risk Management and Societal Safety, Ph.D.

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University rank #1022 (BCR) Stavanger, Norway
The PhD  is an interdisciplinary 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 Risk Management and Societal Safety programme at University of Stavanger.
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Central thematic areas in the Risk Management and Societal Safety programme at University of Stavanger are risk and vulnerability analysis, risk acceptance issues, risk management, emergency preparedness planning and crisis management, social planning, regulation and safety, contracts and sales, vulnerability, technology and organization, risk perception, management of uncertainty and decision analysis.

Within the area of risk analysis and management, the focus has traditionally been on a technical approach to risk and vulnerability analysis and risk management, but in recent years risk and vulnerability together with the development of risk analysis and societal safety have been viewed in a broader perspective within this academic environment.

The petroleum industry has been and continues to be important in applicable research issues. The amount of research directed at other applications is also significant and increasing and includes themes such as traffic safety, patient safety, operational risk in finance and air safety.

Within the area of financial risk management, there is the financial approach to the effects of risk, uncertainty and risk management and the significance of regulations. The petroleum industry is also important here for applicable research issues, but studies are also ongoing into a large number of other industries, sectors and markets including fishing and fish farming, energy, finance, agriculture, medicine and various levels in the value chain such as suppliers, retailers and exporters.

Within the area of societal safety, research themes are largely directed at risk and vulnerability analysis and management particularly in relation to public bodies and regulatory issues within areas such as transport, communication, health and emergency preparedness.

The PhD programme in Risk Management and Societal Safety is connected with research in each of these specialist areas in addition to issues involving multidisciplinary approaches. In the area of societal safety, the programme is also closely linked with an equivalent programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences.


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).

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure


  • Philosophy of science and ethics 
  • Innovation and project comprehension 
  • Foundational issues in risk management
  • Advanced topics in risk management
  • Advanced topics in societal safety
  • Advanced topics in industrial economics
  • Advanced topics in urban planning and design

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • You also need to fulfil the set requirements for previous education (in order to be admitted to a PhD programme applicants typically need to have a five year Master’s degree with an average grade weighted at B or better).

  • Applicants must also write a good project description that falls within the subject area of one of our programmes.
  • Only applications signed by the applicant’s main supervisor will be considered in full. Applicants who have not found a supervisor at the time of application, but fulfil the remaining requirements for admission, may submit their application form as a preliminary application.

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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