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Admission

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

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, 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 550 for the Paper based Test (PBT), or 80 for the Internet-based Test (iBT)
  • IELTS - International English Language Testing System, with the result of 6.0

Description

The Faculty offers the following PhD level courses in renewable energy:

Compulsory courses

EX-602 Philosophy of Science 5 ECTS

ENE601 Energy Conversion 5 ECTS

Elective courses

ENE602 Energy Meteorology 5 ECTS

ENE603 Techniques for Characterising Materials for Energy Systems 5 ECTS

ENE604 Advanced Photovoltaics 10 ECTS

ENE605 Electromagnetic Modelling 5 ECTS

ENE606 Biomass and Bioenergy 5 ECTS

ENE701 Advanced Statistical Methods for Renewable System Analysis 5 ECTS

ENE702 Rural Electrification 5 ECTS

ENE703 Fuel Cell Design 5 ECTS

ENE704 Wind Turbine Systems 5 ECTS

ENE705 Selected Topics in Applied Mathematics, Mechatronics or Renewable Energy 5 ECTS

MAS702 Electromagnetic Modelling 5 ECTS

General courses

TFL600 Scientific Project Creation & Management 5 ECTS

TFL601 Scientific Writing in English 5 ECTS

The compulsory course ENE601 form the multi-disciplinary common core material and will normally be included in the coursework component of the PhD students in renewable energy. The course EX-602/3 is also compulsory.

The courses ENE602, ENE603, ENE604, ENE605, ENE606ENE701, ENE702, ENE703, ENE704 and ENE705 form the specialist foundation in the coursework component. Normally, two or three of these courses will be included in the coursework component of each PhD student.

Specialised courses at other universities or university colleges may be included as electives in the coursework component. Relevant PhD courses may be found for example at Aalborg University and Telemark University College, or The Norwegian Research School in Renewable Energy.

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 Faculty credits research courses and special curricula with credits in whole units only

Learning Outcomes

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

Knowledge

  • Have acquired knowledge of how issues of theory and ethics of science relate to Renewable Energy
  • Have acquired wide academic knowledge of key areas of research in Renewable Energy
  • 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 Renewable Energy
  • Be able to contribute to the development of new knowledge, theories, methods, interpretations and documentation in Renewable Energy

Skills

  • Be able to formulate research questions, plan and conduct research and professional development in Renewable Energy
  • Be able to conduct research and development of high international standards Renewable Energy
  • Be able to deal with complex research questions in renewable energy 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 renewable energy 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 Renewable Energy (conferences, publications)
  • Be able to evaluate the need for and initiate academic development, based on recent research in Renewable Energy
  • Be able to manage complex and multidisciplinary tasks and projects that combine Renewable Energy and other relevant disciplines
  • Have acquired qualifications for research and other work that requires high standards of academic insight and competence in Renewable Energy

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. 

Assessment

All coursework or other activities to be 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 program concludes with a public trial lecture on a prescribed topic and a public thesis defence (disputation) where the candidate presents an account of the results of the scientific investigations reported in the thesis and defends these results 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.

Career

The employment opportunities in renewable energy are diverse. Examples of typical employers include:  Universities, Research Organizations and institutes, High Technology Companies including energy producers and distribution companies, power-intensive industry, consulting companies, offshore industry, transportation companies and the public sector.

Degree

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

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