PhD in Offshore Technology

General information

The programme carries a total of 180 credits and is structured with coursework of 30 credits and a research component of 150 credits.
The learning outcomes are partly covered by programmes which are further divided into three types:
programme courses (10 credits), study courses (10 credits) and project courses (10 credits).

Programme courses:

Two programme courses are compulsory:

  • TN900 Philosophy of science and ethics (5 credits)
  • TN910 Innovation and project comprehension (5 credits)

Study courses:

Four study courses are offered:

  • OFF900 Environmental loads on structures (10 credits)
  • OFF910 Selected topics in industrial asset management (10 credits)
  • MSK910 Advanced topics in computational methods (10 credits)
  • MSK900 Advanced mechanical design and simulation (10 credits)

Students select one of these topics depending on their specialization. Study courses from other universities, etc., can also be selected, as long as the course covers the learning outcomes for the programme.

Project courses:

The content of project courses is customized according to the needs of the PhD project and carries a total of 10 credits.

Learning outcomes will also be covered through completion of research documented by the doctoral thesis (150 credits), disputation, participation at conferences with presentations, research/study abroad and preparation of scientific papers.

  • OFF905 Civil and offshore structural engineering
  • OFF915 Mechanical engineering and materials science
  • OFF920 Industrial asset management
  • OFF925 Marine and subsea technology

The PhD programme in Offshore Technology is a course that forms part of the PhD programme in Technology and Natural Science at the University of Stavanger. The PhD programme in Offshore Technology is made up of the following areas:

  • Civil and offshore structural engineering
  • Mechanical engineering and materials science
  • Marine and subsea technology
  • Industrial asset management

The PhD programme is connected with research within each of these specialist areas.

Within civil and offshore structural engineering, research is being conducted into structures on land and offshore. This research includes fatigue analysis and the breaking of steel structures, particularly offshore pipelines, analysis of wind-induced swaying of thin structures and analysis of dynamic response of offshore platforms, etc.

Within mechanical engineering, research is being conducted on modulation, analysis and system development within complex mechanical engineering systems, operations and processes. Research activities focus on the development of methods and techniques using modern computer tools for complex calculations such as finite element methods and computational fluid dynamics as well as applications within optimization of various geometric profiles for effective energy conversion (including wave energy and gas and wind turbines), material modelling, product development, production and integrated operations and systems.

Within materials science, research is mainly focused on the use of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for characterising materials. Relevant areas for PhD projects include studies into precipitation in aluminium alloys and corrosion-resistant (duplex) steel.

Marine and subsea technology integrates research with the subject area of mechanical and structural engineering. The work is primarily concerned with the safety and reliability of structures, requalification of offshore structures, structure dynamics, efficient energy systems and wells.

Research activity within industrial asset management is integrated with the Centre for Industrial Asset Management (CIAM). Relevant areas include performance management, maintenance technology and management, reliability-based inspection planning, condition monitoring, integrated operations, risk-based decisions and work processes, industrial services, optimization of costs and human-technology-organization.

Learning outcome:

On completing a PhD in Offshore Technology, a candidate shall have acquired the following learning outcomes in the form of knowledge, skills and general competencies:
K1: is at the forefront of knowledge within offshore technology and has mastered the scientific theory, research questions and methods relating to the subject area
K2: is at the forefront of knowledge within at least one of the following subject areas: marine and subsea technology, industrial asset management, civil and offshore structural engineering, mechanical engineering and materials science
K3: can evaluate the suitability and application of different methods and processes in research and development projects in the field
K4: can contribute to the development of new knowledge and theories, methods, interpretations and forms of documentation in the field

S1: can formulate problems, plan and carry out research and scholarly development work
S2: can carry out research and scholarly development work of high international standard
S3: can handle complex academic issues and challenge established knowledge and practice in the field of offshore technology

General competencies
G1: can identify new relevant ethical issues and practice their research with scholarly integrity
G2: can manage complex interdisciplinary assignments and projects
G3: can communicate research and development work through recognized Norwegian and international channels
G4: can participate in debates in the field in international forums
G5: can assess the need for, initiate and practice innovation

Contact Person: Carolina Hara (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Venue: University of Stavanger
Stavanger, Norway



In order to be admitted to one of our PhD programmes, you need to secure your funding in advance or apply for this along with the application for admission. 


Admission to the PhD programme normally requires applicants to have a five-year master's degree. The grade for the thesis and the weighted average grade of the Master's programme, must both separately equal B or better. Applicants with a background from other disciplines than those approved by the faculty for admission to the study, or with a weaker grade basis, can be admitted by special assessment. 

Application Procedure:

You also need to fulfil the set requirements for previous education (in order to be admitted to a PhD programme applicants typically need to have a five year Master’s degree with an average grade weighted at B or better).

Applicants must also write a good project description that falls within the subject area of one of our programmes.

Only applications signed by the applicant’s main supervisor will be considered in full. Applicants who have not found a supervisor at the time of application, but fulfil the remaining requirements for admission, may submit their application form as a preliminary application.

Continous admission
If your project description falls within the subject area of one of our programmes, the research training secretariat will be happy to put you in contact with a relevant supervisor.

Applications without enclosed project description, certified documentation of previous relevant studies or a complete plan for funding, will normally be rejected.

There is no deadline for applications to the doctoral programmes. Applicants are admitted continuously.

Application form for admission to PhD programmes at UiS
Application guidelines

Grant Opportunities:

The most common source of funding is research fellow positions at UiS. These are advertised under Vacant positions on the University's website. 


Academic level: PhD

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