PhD Portal

NTNU's mission is research and research-based teaching. The research is linked to doctoral education where graduates are the most important resource. The PhD study is standardized to three years full-time study and includes academic training and research.

The PhD education shall: provide academic training and experience in scientific work and methodology; be internationally oriented; be an integrated part of an overall research activities within the respective disciplines; and provide a basis for leading work in business, government, education and research.


PhD programmes

Starting your studies

Get familiar with the PhD opportunities at NTNU.

Applications for admission should be completed in collaboration with a supervisor. It should outline your academic plan, funding and schedule.

The application shall be submitted to the Department. Both the supervisor and Head of the Department shall give its opinion and recommendations before it is evaluated by the Faculty.

Normal processing time at the Faculty is 1 month.

More information on starting your studies.

Study progress

Exams and assessment, changes to the academic training (subject plan), declarations of co-authorship, leave of absence, annual progress report.

More information on Study progress.


Nomination of thesis (application that includes an electronically version of the thesis),  the assessment committee, printed thesis, trial lecture and defence.

For more information on the completion


    General question related to PhD opportunities.
  • Anne Danielsen
    Consultation related to the PhD programmes: Electric Power Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication, Engineering Cybernetics, and Telematics
  • Lena Haugen
    Consultation related to the PhD programmes: Information Technology, and Mathematical Sciences
  • Harald Lenschow
    Consultation related to Regulations and procedures, and Joint degrees and cotutelle agreements (joint supervision) in doctoral degree training.

PhD seminars

The Faculty arrange both introduction seminars for PhD candidates and seminars for PhD supervisors.

For more information on PhD seminar.