To be admitted into the PhD programme at the Faculty of Engineering and Science, the applicant must meet one of the following requirements to competence in Applied Mathematics, ICT, Mathematic Education, Mechatronics or Renewable Energy:
Hold a master's degree in a relevant subject area from a Norwegian university or qualifications approved as equivalent.
Have educational qualifications and credentials corresponding to a Norwegian master's degree level which upon individual evaluation are approved as a basis for admission. Applicants with an education of less than 5 years must expect that additional requirements will be imposed upon them, and that they will only receive a conditional offer of admission.
As a general rule, the following should apply:
The average grade for courses included in the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) should be C (or equivalent) or higher.
The average grade for courses included in the master's degree (or equivalent) should be B (or equivalent) or higher.
The master's thesis (or equivalent) should have the grade B (or equivalent) or higher.
When the applicant's average grades are lower than required, the hosting research group at the Faculty of Engineering and Science must document the probability of the applicant being able to complete the PhD programme. In such an event, the Faculty of Engineering and Science may recommend extra requirements to be included in the basis for admission.
Competence in English is a requirement for all applicants to the PhD program. International candidates that are not exempt from the English language requirements pursuant to the guidelines of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), must document this through one of the following tests with the stated results or better:
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 550 for the Paperbased Test (PBT), or 80 for the Internet-based Test (iBT)
IELTS - International English Language Testing System, with the result of 6.0
General description of the programme
The University in Agder established faculty wide doctoral programmes in 2012. The Faculty of Engineering and Science offers one PhD-programme (PhD-programme at the Faculty of Engineering and Science) with five specialisations:
Information- and Communication systems (ICT)
The main objective of the PhD programme is to ensure that the candidates attain a high level of scientific expertise in Applied Mathematics, ICT, Mathematics Education, Mechatronics or Renewable Energy.
In addition, the Faculty of Engineering and Science can admit PhD Candidates directly to one of the four departments at the faculty; Department of Mathematical Sciences, Department of Natural Sciences; Department of Engineering Sciences and department of ICT.
The PhD candidate will receive formal training and supervision, providing him/her with broad scientific knowledge to do their own independent research, leading to a scientific dissertation in Applied Mathematics, ICT, Mathematics Education, Mechatronics or Renewable Energy, The programme offers also PhD education within all the faculty’s four departments (see list above), as long as the department can offer staff and supervision resources for the PhD project in question
The research work and dissertation must be of international standard.
The course programme requires knowledge at the master's level in Applied Mathematics, ICT, Mathematics Education, Mechatronics or Renewable Energy. Applicants who lack such prior knowledge may be requested to compensate for this by attending relevant courses.
The PhD degree is awarded on the basis of:
Approved completion of the coursework component
Trial lecture on a prescribed topic
The coursework component (theoretical curriculum) usually corresponds to minimum 30 credits. The coursework component is composed individually for each PhD-candidate. The content of the coursework component, combined with the dissertation, must provide professional breadth and depth in the academic field in question.
The coursework component must contain at least 5 credits on the theory and ethics of science. The trial lecture on the prescribed topic comes in addition to the coursework component. The Faculty credits researcher courses and special syllabus with credits only in whole units.