PhD in Materials Science and Engineering

Faculty of Natural Sciences

PhD in Materials Science and Engineering

Two researchers with safety gear working together in the melting lab. Photo

PhD materials science

About the programme

The programme includes a wide range of fields within physical and process metallurgy with focus on light metals and silicon including solar grade silicon, corrosion, electrochemical energy technology, inorganic materials, ceramics and nano-structured materials. About 15 PhD candidates graduate from DMSE annually.


Research groups at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Research groups at IMA


A research group covering electrochemical energy, corrosion and surface science and electrolysis

Functional Materials and Materials Chemistry

The functional materials and materials chemistry research group (FACET) has a wide range of research interests, from practical application in the aluminium industry, to the impact of individual atoms on the properties and functionality of materials. The FACET group have leading expertise in the fields of ferroic materials and phenomena, materials for energy technology, ceramics and coatings, nanomaterials and nanodevices.

Physical Metallurgy

This research group focus on development and usage of different materials such as different light metals and steel. This includes research on solidification, welding and different joining techniques, thermo-mechanical processing and material modeling.

Resources, Energy & Environment

The recycling of metals is a modern field in metallurgy. The Resources, Energy & Environment group recycles all types of metals such as iron, silicon, aluminum and rare earth elements


SFI Centre for Research-based Innovation


Metal Production

Metal Production is an interdisciplinary Centre for Innovation-based Research (SFI). During the next decades, the Norwegian metal industry will need to achieve even higher-quality output with more efficient use of resources and energy.


PhysMet - Centre for Sustainable and Competitive Metallurgical and Manufacturing Industry, is a centre for research-based innovataion (SFI) appointed by The Research Council of Norway from 2020-2028. The goal of the centre is to establish knowledge and technology to realise new innovative materials solutions in cost-efficient, low-carbon production chains in the metallurgical and manufacturing industry in Norway.


More information about research at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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 materials science


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

City: Trondheim
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences
Department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Contact person: Elin S. I. Kaasen

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