To be admitted into the PhD programme in Engineering and Science, the applicant must hold a master's degree in a subject area relevant to the research area from a Norwegian university or qualifications approved as equivalent.
As a general rule, the following should normally apply:
The Faculty of Engineering and Science offers one PhD-programme (PhD-programme in Engineering and Science) with four specialisations:
The main objective of the PhD programme is to ensure that the candidates attain a high level of scientific expertise in Engineering and Science.
The PhD programme consists of a coursework component of 30 credits and the completion of a thesis weighted at 150 credits. The PhD candidate will receive formal training and supervision, providing him/her with broad scientific knowledge to do his/her own independent research, leading to a scientific dissertation in Engineering and Science.
The research work and dissertation must be of international standard.
After satisfactory completion of their degree, PhD candidates shall have developed a high level of scientific competence in a specific field within Engineering and Science. Candidates shall have acquired wide academic knowledge in their field and specialised knowledge within a main area.
After graduation the candidate will:
After graduation the candidate can:
After graduation the candidate is capable of:
The research work for the for the thesis (150 ects) is done under the guidance of at least two highly qualified supervisors in the relevant field, one of them being the main supervisor.
The coursework component (30 ects) consists of lectures, seminars and discussions. The courses included in the coursework component should be advanced courses taken at the University of Agder or other universities. At the Faculty of Engineering and Science the courses will usually be PhD courses. 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 normally required to:
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 included in the coursework component 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.