PhD in Biophysics

Faculty of Natural Sciences

PhD in Biophysics

PhD candidate with a microscope image on the computer. Photo

PhD programme in Biophysics

About the programme

The PhD programme in Biophysics provides research training and education in experimental and theoretical biophysics, bionanotechnology, medical physics and medical technology


Research areas


Research sections at the Department of Physics

Sections and research groups

Biophysics and Medical Technology

Biophysics is an interdisciplinary branch of science where methods and theories from physics are applied to study biological systems. We study biological systems on the length scale from single molecules, to bacteria and cells, and to tissue and whole organisms.

Interdisciplinary Physics

Interdisciplinary Physics includes three research groups: Atmosphere Physics, Laser Physics and Soft and Complex Matter.

Materials Physics

The Materials Physics section deals with material science. The research is focused on nanoscale structure studies and connection to macroscopic physical properties. Activities include topics both in experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics.

Porous Media Physics

The Porous Media Physics section includes two research groups: PoreLab and X-ray physics.

QuSpin - Center for Quantum Spintronics (SFF/CoE)

QuSpin is a Norwegian Center of Excellence (CoE) created in 2017. The principal goal of the center is to describe, characterize and develop recently identified quantum approaches to control electric signals in advanced nanoelectronics, conceptually different from those existing today.

Science Education Research

The Science Education Research section deals with the theories and practical applications of teaching and learning of science and technology in schools and at the university level. The goal is to enhance continual improvement of the quality of teaching and learning.

Theoretical Physics

The Theoretical Physics section deals with condensed matter theory and astroparticle physics. We study how physics may be described through theory and mathematical models with a strong connection toward experimental activity.

More information about research at the Department of Physics

PhD education

PhD education

A Philosophiae doctor degree (PhD) is the highest level of formalized education in Norway. The goal of a PhD education is to enable the candidate to conduct original research at a high international level.

The PhD degree is awarded after examination of a thesis. The original contribution to knowledge required of candidates must be consistent with at least three years of supervised research and significant parts of the work should be worthy of publication at international levels.

The PhD candidate will be able to solve complex research problems independently using creative solutions that will have a social and economic impact on society.


PhD biophysics


Degree: Philosophiae doctor (PhD)
Duration: 3 years, 180 ECTS
Programme code: PHBIFY
Language of instruction: English

City: Trondheim
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences
Department: Department of Physics
Contact person: Anne Sæther


  • Degree type: Philosophiae Doctor
  • Duration: Full-time
  • Credits: 180
  • Unit: Faculty of Natural Sciences
  • Application deadline: 15. april
  • 3 years
  • Location: Trondheim

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Programme description

Programme description

Description of the PhD programme in Biophysics (DOCX)

Including overall learning goals