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PhD in Technology

We offer a PhD programme with highly dedicated supervisors, visionary research projects, and team-oriented activities organized in research groups led by internationally recognized experts.

Study facts

  • Campus: Kongsberg, Porsgrunn and Vestfold
  • Credits: 180
  • Duration: 3 years, fulltime
  • Teaching Language: English
  • Admission requirements

    Admission requirements

    Several criterias must be fullfilled.

    Please follow this link for details.

  • Academic background

    Academic background

    Applicants must hold a degree in Master of Science within the field of technology or equivalent. Students currently enrolled in a master programme are also welcome to apply, but must expect to have earned their degree before the appointment begins.

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About the programme

PhD in Technology is a full-time doctoral programme over the course of 3 years. The programme is based on research activities within the following fields of science and technology:

  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Computer Science 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Industrial and Environmental Engineering 

The research done by our PhD candidates is an integral part of the activities in our research groups and research schools.

Our candidates contribute in research projects working on long-term technological solutions to solve regional and global challenges. Many typically find employment in companies, universities or research institutions.

Academic content

The aim of the PhD programme is to educate candidates of the highest international standards who can acquire knowledge, skills and general competence to carry out high-level research suitable for publication in leading academic journals and other outlets. Our candidates should be capable of addressing research issues important to both academia and business practice.

The PhD programme comprises implementation of independent research work in active cooperation with supervisors and other researchers, an approved educational component, participation in active research groups and academic dissemination that is closely relating to the ongoing PhD work.

Research groups

Research schools


The PhD programme has an educational component of 30 ECTS. Our faculty offers PhD-level courses at three different campuses within many different fields of science and technology.

The educational component must be planned in collaboration with your supervisor and be approved by the PhD programme committee. A 5 ECTS ethics course from USN is mandatory for all PhD candidates.

PhD students from other universities may apply for admission to some of our elective courses, but the availability of each course may vary. Please inform us of your interest using this form:

Study Plan

A study plan describes the content, structure and organization of a study programme. To each study plan there is a set of course plans that describe the different courses. In the course plan you will also find a reading list. Below you will find a study model that shows you which courses that are taught in each term. In the study model you'll also find links to each course plan.

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