Computer Science

PhD programme (doctoral education), Trondheim–Gjøvik

Computer Science

– About the programme

About the programme

The PhD programme in Computer Science and Informatics is standardized to 180 ECTS credits (3 years). The final plan for the PhD programme is designed jointly by the candidate, the main supervisor and the Department of Computer Science.

Academically, the doctoral programme is linked to the Department of Computer Science. The main fields within computer science and informatics consist of, among other things, research on user interfaces, data base technology, computer architecture, graphics, artificial intelligence, information systems, operating systems, programming, visual data processing, image and video processing and system development.

Academically, the programme of study is linked to the field of computer technology and informatics. It may also, however, include interdisciplinary fields of research where the main profile is within computer technology and informatics.


Why take a PhD in Computer Science

Taking a PhD provides a unique opportunity for in-dept study and academic specialization and you will have the opportunity of doing research within a broad field of study where potentially many areas of application exist.


Independent work

The most important component of the PhD education is an independent work within research or artistic development work that is carried out ender active supervision. Annual progress reports, as well as a midway assessment must be submitted. The midway assessment is compulsory for all candidates after half the agreement period to ensure that the progress and supervision are satisfactory. The departments are in charge of the assessment.


Requirements regarding stay at the unit (residence duty)

Candidates with external funding or an external place of work are required to stay in a suitable and relevant academic environment at NTNU for a total period of one year or more of the PhD education. The faculty has to make sure that each individual PhD candidate is able to acquire the total learning outcome in the form of knowledge, skills and general competence as describe for the third cycle in the national qualifications framework (page 40). The residence duty may be fulfilled as one continuous period or several periods. The residence duty may be reduced if the candidate will be affiliated with other strong research environments.