Doctoral Programme

PhD studies at the Faculty of Engineering are closely linked with our research initiatives and departments. The doctoral education programme combines academics with methodological schooling and hands on experience. The typical length for the PhD programme is three years and is comprised of one semester of additional study and 2.5 years of dissertation work and research. Each doctoral candidate's study is typically financed by a research fellowship. PhD fellowships are published here

Faculty of Engineering

Doctoral Programme

PhD studies at the Faculty of Engineering are closely linked with our research initiatives and departments. The doctoral education programme combines academics with methodological schooling and hands on experience.

The typical length for the PhD programme is three years and is comprised of one semester of additional study and 2.5 years of dissertation work and research. Each doctoral candidate's study is typically financed by a research fellowship. PhD fellowships are published at: https://www.ntnu.edu/vacancies


Application process and forms
The application for admission is to be completed in cooperation with one's potential primary supervisor. The application form and other forms relating to admission can be downloaded in either Norwegian or English.

The primary supervisor should hold a research position at NTNU; that is a professor, associate professor or adjunct professor. The primary supervisor must have a doctoral degree, or equivalent qualifications, within the relevant field of study.

Application Submission
The application should be submitted to the relevant department. The primary supervisor and the department should give their assessment of the application before it is sent on to the faculty for further evaluation.

The faculty committee meets about once every month. (Doktorgradsutvalget )

Admission requirements
An admission requirement is that one hold a Master's degree (similar or equivalent educations also considered). In addition, one must have obtained a B or better during one's last 2 years of study (corresponding to 120 credits/ECTS).

Nominal study period
The nominal length of study for the PhD programme at IV is 3 years. The maximum time of study is 6 years.

Faculty Regulations
The Faculty of Engineering has its own regulations regarding project content. [English ], [Norwegian]

Course Information
Course descriptions and information about PhD courses can found via the Studies tab for the NTNU website, under the menu item All Courses.


Program requirements and structure

Research training program

  • The nominal length of the PhD programme is 3 years of full-time study.
  • The PhD training programme combines academic and methodological schooling, amounting to 30 credits in total.
  • IFEL8000 Introduction to Research Methodology, Theory of Science and Ethics – 4 credits, is a mandatory course for PhD candidates at the Faculty of Engineering, beyond the minimum requirement of 30 credits.
  • A minimum of 20 credits must be devoted to PhD programme courses.
  • The remaining 10 credits can be used for individual study syllabus or advanced-level Master's courses.
  • Courses such as information searching or scientific publishing are not approved by the faculty as components of the 30 credit minimum requirement.
  • For master courses there is a grade requirement of B or better, according to the NTNU grading scale.
  • Changes to the approved training plan should be made in agreement with one's primary supervisor and submitted to the faculty for approval.


Each doctoral candidate is responsible for registering for examinations in accordance with the approved education plan. The registration deadline is the 15th of Septemberfor the autumn semester, and the 15th of February for the spring semester. The deadline for withdrawal from examinations is 15 November for exams in the Autumn semester and 30 April for exams in the Spring semester. Exam registration and withdrawal can be completed via Studentweb. More information on exams and exam regulations.

Grades and re-sitting examinations

PhD students who receive the grade B, C, D or E for a course in their PhD plan, may retake the examination only once in an effort to improve their grade. If the student is registered for the exam, and does not withdraw his/her exam registration in time, this is regarded as an attempt. If, after re-taking a master course exam, the student does not succeed in improving his/her grade to meet the minimum requirement of a B, the master course has to be replaced. An exception will be made in cases of approved absence, or cases in which the student receives the grade F; in such cases multiple (unlimited) examination attempts will be granted.

As a rule, arrangements to re-sit examinations will not be approved for PhD students who receive the grade B, C, D or E. However, there is a procedural difference for master's courses and PhD courses.

  • PhD courses: Course coordinators may arrange exams outside exam periods if they so choose (normally, during the semester after the ordinary exam).
  • Master's courses: PhD students may re-sit exams (in August), but only if there are other students with an approved absence or who have not passed the initial exam. Otherwise, these PhD students in this situation must wait until the next ordinarily scheduled exam.

Progress reports

PhD candidates and main supervisors should submit a progress report by the end of the spring semester every year. The report is based on the previous school year. The report is filled out in an electronical form, the Faculty sends out information and link to the form by email.

Postponing the completion of the programme of study

Should one need to postpone the completion of one's doctoral programme, a formal application should be completed in cooperation with one's primary supervisor and submitted to the faculty. The application should include a timeline which demonstrates that it is possible to complete the thesis within the period of postponement.

Leave of absence

A leave of absence may be granted upon the completion and submission of a formal application. PhD candidates must apply for a leave of absence from both the program of study and any department position they may hold.

Dissertation & defence

Applying for thesis evaluation

The application should be sent to the faculty via the department. This ought to take place at the latest 4 months prior to the public defence. At least one copy of the thesis should be included along with the application, please contact your Department for the exact number of copies. As soon as the thesis has been printed, two copies are sent to the faculty office.

If the thesis consists of joint work, the candidate should get a statement from the co-authors and his/her/their eventual consent that the work may be used as a part of the doctoral thesis (see: Statement from co-authors).

Assessment committee

  • Evaluation of the thesis and the public defence will be carried out by a faculty-appointed committee, containing at least 3 members recommended by the department/research groups. The faculty's recommendation should describe how the proposed committee composition covers the relevent subject area. This committee proposal should be submitted together with the thesis.
  • At least 2 of the committee members should not be employed by NTNU.
  • The committee should have at least one non-Norwegian member, preferably from a recognized university abroad, who has experience in supervising PhD candidates and evaluating theses from his/her own country.
  • Both genders should be represented on the committee if possible.
  • Committee members should hold a PhD or have similar qualifications within the relevant field.
  • The faculty shall appoint a committee chairperson (administrator) and opponents in accordance with the relevent department's proposal. Normally, the chairperson will be the committee member from NTNU.
  • The candidate's primary advisor is prohibited from being the committee chair.
  • The PhD candidate can reply in writing concerning the composition of the committee within 1 week of said notification. If the candidate does not wish to submit a statement, the faculty should be notified as soon as possible.
  • The deadline for the committee to decide whether the PhD degree is worthy of public defence is at least 5 weeks prior to the public defence.

Practical considerations

The following are the responsibility of the department and the administrator:

  • The time of the candidate's lecture and public defence should be agreed upon at an early date, in consultation with the committee.
  • The defence locale should be reserved (Total Room or the Council Chamber in the Main Administration Building), and hotel arrangements made for travelling participants. (Any related reservations or matters should also be addressed at the same time.)

Thesis abstract

You should submit an electronic abstract of your thesis to the faculty, corresponding to the abstract in the printed version of your thesis (1-2 pages). The abstract will be published on our webpages as part of the program for your trial lecture and defence. You may send your abstract to this email: phd-studier@ivt.ntnu.no

Printing the thesis

A thesis template, available for both English and Norwegian theses, must be used. The template ensures that the theses has a standardized cover and title sheet, and that NTNU is visible the standardized manner.

The template will contains an ISSN serial number with the serial title Doctoral thesis at NTNU or possibly Doktoravhandling ved NTNU, followed by the appropriate sequential numbering for that calendar year.

Each thesis must have an ISBN number. To obtain an ISBN number and serial number, candidates can log into (http://sats.itea.ntnu.no/isbnprovider/start.do ) and follow the instructions provided. If the candidate does not have an NTNU network username he/she can contact: dravh@ub.ntnu.no.

Relevant print shops

For information on print shops and how to order, please click here (you will be directed to a Norwegian webpage).

Distribution of printed theses

  • The thesis should be made publicly available. The faculty will send one copy of the printed thesis to the NTNU Library (UBiT), at the latest three weeks prior to the public defence of the thesis.
  • Two copies of the printed thesis are sent to the faculty.
  • Following the public defence of the thesis, 7 copies are sent to the National Library in Mo i Rana.

Electronic version of the thesis

According to NTNU’s policy, all doctoral thesis are filed and published in NTNU's institutional archive NTNU Open.

The library automatically receive the files from the print shop for filing in NTNU's digital filing system. It is possible to reserve yourself against electronic publishing, if you have any questions about this please contact the NTNU Library (UBiT).

Trial lecture

The topic of the trial lecture is determined by the committee and should be sent to the faculty at the latest 5 weeks before the public defence. The faculty will send the topic for the trial lecture to the candidate by email 10 working days prior to the public defence.

Expert committee's recommendation

  • The recommendation of the committee is sent to the faculty at the latest 5 weeks before the public defence.
  • The candidate will receive the recommendation by post and may make written comments within the next 10 working days.

Announcing the public defence of thesis

The public defence is announced on the faculty webpage and on NTNU's intranett.

Practical implementation of the public defence

  • The implementation of the public defence is the responsibility of the department.
  • The dean will normally ask the head of the department to chair the public defence.

Following the defence:
The committee chair sends an evaluation form and a signed copy of the thesis to the faculty.

  • The faculty asks for a plan for the publication of the thesis. Normally, three articles should be published, one of which should appear in a recognized international journal.
  • The Administrator sends the results form and a copy of the dissertation, signed, to the faculty.

Regulations & Forms

For PhD candidates at the Faculty of Engineering.




1) Regulations for the philosophiae doctor degree (PhD) at NTNU:



2) IV Faculty's Supplementary Regulations for the philosophiae doctor degree (PhD) at NTNU:



3) Regulations for the dr.philos. degree at NTNU:



4) Regulations for study programmes at NTNU:



5) Supplementary Regulations for study programmes at NTNU:




Applicants and candidates should first contact the relevent department, for assistence with both general information or for help with finding the right supervisor within a particular field of study.

Department E-mail
Civil and Environmental Engineering   phd@ibm.ntnu.no
Energy and Process Engineering  ept@ivt.ntnu.no
Geoscience and petroleum  kontakt@igp.ntnu.no
Structural Engineering  ikt-info@ivt.ntnu.no
Marine Technology  kontakt@marin.ntnu.no
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering  mtp-info@mtp.ntnu.no
Manufacturing and Civil Engineering


Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering


Contact the faculty administration via: phd-studier@iv.ntnu.no
Doctoral studies committee members

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