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: