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Risk Management and Societal Safety, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #1022 (BCR) Stavanger, Norway
The PhD programme in Risk Management and Societal Safety at University of Stavanger 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 PhD programme in risk management and societal safety is made up of the following areas:

  • Risk management
  • Societal safety
  • Industrial economics
  • City and regional planning
The PhD programme in Risk Management and Societal Safety 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 programme.The part of the programme that is administered by the Faculty of Science and Technology is divided into the following specialist areas: risk analysis and risk management, financial risk management and societal safety. At the Faculty of Social Sciences, the PhD programme is structured around the following four thematic areas: risk, regulation and social planning, vulnerability, technology and organization, accident and crisis management and risk analysis and decision making.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Programme courses:

  • Philosophy of science and ethics 
  • Innovation and project comprehension 

Both courses are compulsory.

Study courses:

  • Foundational issues in risk management

Study courses from other universities, etc., can be selected in addition or instead, as long as the course covers the learning outcomes for the programme.

Project courses:

  • 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

  • Admission to the PhD programme normally requires applicants to have a five-year master's degree, see descriptions of the national qualification framework second cycle. 
  • 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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