Faculty of Medicine

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.

For more detailed information, see NTNU's website on medical technology as a strategic area of research https://www.ntnu.no/medtech

Admission to the programme: see Section 5 in the PhD Regulations

Deadline for applications
The 1st of every month. Admission to PhD programmes at the Faculty of Medicine takes place monthly. The applicant receives a reply by the 10th of the following month. The application is to be submitted to the department with which the candidate and supervisor are affiliated.

The applicant's formal qualifications, cf. Section 5.1 of the Regulations
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.

Supervision, cf. Section 8
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. It is recommended that candidates in the Faculty of Medicine have at least two supervisors. A binding statement from all prospective co-supervisors is to be enclosed.

Residency requirement, cf. Section 2, Section 4 and Section 5.2
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, cf. Section 2, Section 4 and Section 5.2
Academic publication and presentation at national/international meetings.

Reporting, cf. Section 9
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, cf. Section 7.3
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. A list of courses with a focus on medical technology is available at the website for medical technology as a strategic area of research at NTNU.