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Graduate degree in Mechatronics, or qualifications considered by the Faculty to be equivalent.

To be admitted into the PhD programme in Engineering and Science, the applicant must meet one of the following requirements to competence in Information- and Communication Technology (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 applicant’s ability 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 600 for the Paper based Test (PBT), or 92 for the Internet-based Test (iBT)
  • IELTS - International English Language Testing System, with the result of 6.5


The Faculty offers the following PhD level courses in mechatronics:

Compulsory courses

  • MAS601 Design, Modelling and Simulation of Mechatronic Systems 5 ECTS
  • EX-602/3 Philosophy of Science 5 ECTS

Elective courses

  • MAS602 Advanced Control and Robotics 5 ECTS
  • MAS701 Fluid Power Systems Design - Selected Topics 5 ECTS
  • MAS702 Electromagnetic Modelling 5 ECTS
  • MAS703 Analysis of Dynamic Mechanical Systems - Selected Topics 5 ECTS  

Additional Elective courses

  • ENE601 Energy Conversion 5 ECTS
  • BYG700 Advanced Fatigue Analyses, 5 ECTS
  • IKT710 Learning in Random Environments 5 ECTS
  • IKT711 Principles of Artificial Intelligence, total 10 ECTS
  • IKT719 Advanced Optimization 10 ECTS
  • ENE607 Special Syllabus 5 ECTS
  • ENE705 Selected Topics in Applied Mathematics, Mechatronics or Renewable Energy 5 ECTS
  • TFL601 Scientific Writing in English 5 ECTS

The course MAS601 represents the multi-disciplinary common core material and must be included in the coursework component of all PhD students in mechatronics. The course EX-602 is also compulsory.

The courses MAS602, MAS701, MAS702 and MAS703 represent the profile of the mechatronics specialization and at least one of them must be included in the coursework component of all PhD students in mechatronics and they form the specialist foundation in the coursework component. Together with MAS702 and MAS704 they form the specialist foundation in the coursework component. In the selection of specialist courses it must be considered that, together with the research work, the student should gain the required multidisciplinary and specialist skills for the PhD education.

Specialized courses at other universities or university colleges may be included as electives in the coursework component. Relevant courses may be found for example at Aalborg University or at the University of Southeast Norway.

Up to 10 credits of the elective courses may be taken as national or international research courses or through a special syllabus in the form of literature, or as methodological studies which are relevant to the research programme.

The researcher course should be evaluated by the Department with regard to the extent and academic level of the course. The following norm should apply: 25-30 hours student input are credited with 1 credit (pursuant to the European Credit Transfer System - ECTS). In order to have a researcher course approved, the student must hold a seminar following completion of the course. The seminar should be evaluated by an examiner appointed by the Faculty. Exceptions can be made for researcher training courses which are regulated at other universities and which have a final examination.

Researcher course or special syllabus mentioned above represents national or international researcher courses, or is covered through a special syllabus in the form of literature or methodology studies which are relevant to the research programme.

Courses taken in the form of special syllabus are to be described in an appropriate form where the content, level and extent correspond to other course descriptions as given on the Faculty´s web pages.

The type of examination must be stated. The description of the syllabus must be approved by the Department prior to the examination.

The coursework component must be completed successfully and passed in its entirety before the student can apply to the Faculty to have the dissertation assessed.

Learning Outcomes

After satisfactory completion of their degree, PhD candidates shall have developed a high level of scientific competence in mechatronics. Candidates shall have acquired wide academic knowledge in mechatronics and specialized knowledge within a main area in mechatronics.


  • Have acquired knowledge of how issues of theory and ethics of science relate to mechatronics
  • Have acquired wide academic knowledge of key areas of research in mechatronics
  • Be in the ‘cutting edge’ of the knowledge of the topic of their dissertation
  • Be able to evaluate different research methods and relate them to topics in mechatronics
  • Be able to contribute to the development of new knowledge, theories, methods, interpretations and documentation in mechatronics


  • Be able to formulate research questions, plan and conduct research and professional development in mechatronics
  • Be able to conduct research and development of high international standards mechatronics
  • Be able to deal with complex research questions in mechatronics and reflect critically on the established knowledge and practice in this field
  • teach and supervise within his/her own area of research at both master and bachelor level

General competence

  • Be able to carry out research in mechatronics and have an independent and reflective approach to research in their own field.
  • Be able to identify new relevant research questions and pursue their research with professional integrity
  • Be able to disseminate research and development work through recognized national and international channels
  • Be able to participate in discussions in the international research community in mechatronics (conferences, publications)
  • Be able to evaluate the need for and initiate academic development, based on recent research in mechatronics
  • Be able to manage complex and multidisciplinary tasks and projects that combine mechatronics and other relevant disciplines
  • Have acquired qualifications for research and other work that requires high standards of academic insight and competence in mechatronics

Teaching methods

The PhD programme consists of a coursework component of 30 credits and the completion of a thesis weighted at 150 credits. Research for the thesis is done under the guidance of two highly qualified supervisors in the relevant field, one of them being the main supervisor.

The coursework consists of lectures, seminars and discussions. It is also possible to create special courses or use summer schools as courses. Parts of the coursework can be completed at other institutions in Norway or abroad, with the approval of the Faculty/PhD Committee. More information about courses can be found in the course descriptions. Teaching will normally be in English.

As part of the research education, the PhD candidate is required to:

  • Participate in the departments PhD forum both as presenter and as audience.
  • Present his/her original work in national and international conferences, workshops and journals.

Candidates are expected to take full responsibility for their own learning and personal progress. It is assumed that students will achieve major parts of the curriculum learning objectives through self-study. 


All courses or similar activities included in the coursework component must have a final assessment. The assessment method is normally an exam or essay which builds on the course literature and the PhD candidate’s own research. The assessment method in the courses appears in the course descriptions.

Grading: Pass/Fail, where Pass corresponds to the grade B or higher on the master’s programme.

The doctoral programme concludes with a public trial lecture on a prescribed topic and a public defence (disputation) where the candidate presents an account of the results of the scientific investigations reported in the dissertation and defends the thesis in a discussion with two opponents. The disputation is further described in the supplementary regulations for the PhD Degree at the Faculty of Engineering and Science.


After successfully completing the PhD degree, candidates will be able to move directly into the professional field as a mechatronics specialist in a range of capacities. Graduates frequently obtain leading positions in industry and business. The programme has direct relevance to any kind of industry within product development and manufacturing, but job opportunities are not limited to such activities. The program also qualifies graduates for a career in research in mechatronics at universities and research centres throughout the world.


PhD at the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Specialisation in Mechatronics.