Faculty of Natural Sciences

PhD in Physics

The PhD-program in physics provides an education within experimental and theoretical physics and aims at giving the candidates a broad professional background in physics. The candidate can focus the program towards a variety of topics based on ongoing research activities at the Department of Physics.


Divisions and Research Groups



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.

Condensed Matter Physics

The Division of Condensed matter physics 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.

Pure and Applied Physics

The Division of Pure and Applied Physics includes Complex Materials, Atmosphere Physics and Laser Physics.

Theoretical Physics

The Division of Theoretical physics 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.

University Didactics

The Division of University Didactics deals with the theories and practical applications of teaching and learning of science and technology at the university level. The goal is to enhance continual improvement of the quality of teaching and learning.

Center for Quantum Spintronics (QuSpin) - SFF

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. Our vision is to trigger a revolution in low-power information and communication technologies in an energy-efficient society.



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

City: Trondheim
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences
Department: Department of Physics
Contact person: Bjørn F. Syvertsen

Programme description

Description of the PhD programme in Physics

Including overall learning goals