Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Medical Technology

The PhD programme in medical technology has a prescribed value of 180 credits (3 years). The final course plan for the PhD programme is drawn up in consultation between the candidate, the supervisor, and the department, depending on the subject area for the thesis and the candidate's individual needs and wishes.

Learning outcomes for the programme of study:
The objective of a PhD programme in medical technology is to provide academic competence and research skills in the development and testing of new technological methods, materials and equipment for use in medical prevention, diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation. The programme is intended for students with a research focus related to the discovery, development, and testing of new technology. The aim is to provide the student with qualified academic supervision in both technology and appropriate medical applications, as well as in relevant social and ethical issues related to medical technology.

Subject areas
NTNU has a variety of academic environments that offer PhD programmes in medical technology. Relevant subject areas include imaging diagnostics and intervention support based on ultrasound, magnetic resonance, biotechnology, optical methods, bioinformatics, health informatics, and biomaterials, as well as social and ethical consequences related to medical technology.

Admission to the programme

Deadline for applications
The application is to be submitted to the department with which the candidate and supervisor are affiliated. There are no set deadlines. As a general rule, an application for admission to a PhD programme must be submitted within three (3) months of the start-up of the research project that will lead to award of the PhD degre

Formal qualifications
A master's degree or equivalent education in medicine, technology, natural sciences, social science or the arts. The basic education must be relevant and adequate for the candidate's PhD project.

Additional requirements
Candidates who do not have a background in the health disciplines must complete the course in "Medicine for Non-Medical Students" unless they can document equivalent competence. This does not count as part of the organized academic training of 30 credits.

The project description must state who is responsible for the academic supervision, both in relation to the various topics and methods included in the project, and with regard to relevant social and ethical issues. Candidates in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences should have at least two supervisors. A binding statement from all prospective co-supervisors is to be enclosed.

Residency requirement
The main aim of the residency requirement is that the candidate will participate actively in a research environment at or associated with NTNU. As long as this aim is achieved, the candidate can satisfy the residency requirement outside NTNU as well. To satisfy the residency requirement, a candidate outside NTNU must participate in the supervisor's research community. This must be specified in the application for admission, and will be evaluated for each individual candidate.

Scientific and academic dissemination
Academic publication and presentation at national/international meetings.

An annual report must be submitted in writing to the faculty to which the candidate has been admitted, comparing progress to date with the PhD plan. The faculty may also undertake a midway assessment of the candidate/project.

Organized academic training
The organized academic training for a PhD in medical technology has a prescribed value of 30 credits, of which at least 20 must be courses at PhD level. Up to 10 credits may be courses at master's level as a minimum.

Compulsory courses
SMED8004 Introduction to Research, 5 credits
SMED8005 Communication of Science, 3 credits (only compulsory for PhD candidates in the Faculty of Medicine). It is possible to apply for exemption from SMED8005 at the time of admission.

Recommended courses
Medical technology is such a wide-ranging subject area that it is difficult to make general recommendations about the selection of courses.