Doctoral education (PhD)


NTNU offers a range of courses at the doctoral level. In addition to the doctoral thesis, a PhD education consists of a coursework component of at least 30 ECTS. Most PhD programmes have a combination of compulsory and elective courses. As part of your application process, you must develop a plan for your coursework component. For more information on which courses are available for you, look at the web pages of the specific PhD programme.

Doctoral courses through Nordic universities

Nordic Five Tech (N5T) is an exclusive, strategic alliance of the five leading technical universities in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. As a PhD candidate at one of these universities, you may attend PhD courses at all five universities at no extra cost.

External candidates

If you are not a PhD candidate at NTNU, you may still apply for and attend PhD courses here.

Graduate researcher schools

A graduate researcher school consists of a network of universities, university colleges and research institutes and complements the regular PhD programmes. By participating in a graduate researcher school you gain access to a larger research group, a greater variety of PhD courses, joint seminars and so on. Once you have been admitted to a PhD programme, you may join a graduate researcher school in your field of study.

Graduate researcher schools for PhD candidates at NTNU: