PhD - Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology

Doctoral programme

Collage: windmill, professor, researchThe doctoral programme at NTNU is comprised of both course work and a research component. The university typically allows 3 years for the completion of a PhD, but the position can be extended to 4 years in connection with a 25% work requirement, which is often fulfilled through teaching.

Coordination and assistance

The doctoral programme at the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology is closely linked with our research groups and departments, and is a key component in the overall research strategy. The programme of study is coordinated at the department level, and doctoral thesis topics will normally be related to research and development projects at a department or associated research groups. As such, the department level is the place to seek help finding a supervisor within a particular discipline, and can also assist with general inquiries prior to submitting an application.


There is no common application deadline. As each doctoral candidate's study is typically financed by a research fellowship, the first step is to check for available fellowship positions in your field. A master's degree or similar qualifications are a prerequisite for application. 

More about the structure for doctoral studies in these engineering fields*, as well as applicable rules and forms: