Application and admission
The PhD education has a nominal duration of 3 years of full-time study (180 credits), and includes required coursework or similar academic training comprising a minimum of 30 credits. The most important component of the PhD education is an independent piece of research carried out under active academic supervision.
On these pages you can read more about
- Conditions of admission to a PhD programme
- How to apply
- Requirements for the academic training plan
- What to submit after acceptance to the PhD programme
Conditions of admission
Applicants for the PhD programmes at the Faculty of Natural Sciences must have a relevant master's degree or equivalent education, with a strong academic record. The Faculty may approve other, comparable qualifications as the basis for admission.
Applicants are required to have a weighted average grade of B or higher (in accordance with NTNU's grading system) in the two last years of their master's degree (equivalent to 120 ECTS).
Before you can apply for admission to one of the PhD programmes, the funding of the study period, including running costs, must be confirmed.
Candidates with external funding or an external workplace must reside at NTNU for at least one year of their PhD education.
How to apply
There are no fixed application deadlines for these programmes.
Plan for academic training
As a part of the application form, a plan for academic training must be described.
A complete or preliminary project description must be submitted together with the application.
A complete project description (5-10 pages) must be submitted no later than six months after admission and should include:
- Statement of the topic, viewed in light of international research in the field, with references to literature.
- Amplify the approach to the problem. What are the aims of the scientific examinations undertaken? Which methods will be used?
- Risk evaluation of the project.
- Time schedule for the study
Agreement concerning admission
When the candidate is admitted to a PhD programme, the admission is to be formalised by a written agreement:
Candidates who have duty work as a part of their employment, must submit a plan for this work. One year corresponds to 1680 working hours. In the 7th semester the work load cannot be more than 50%. Duty work will not be accepted in the 8th (last) semester.
General questions concerning PhD studies
PhD studies at the Faculty of Natural Sciences
Bjørn F. Syvertsen
PhD programmes in Biophysics and Physics
Elin S. I. Kaasen
PhD programmes in Materials Science and Engineering
PhD programmes in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Maja C. Haaker
PhD programmes in Biology and Biotechnology