PhD in Marine Technology (PHMART)

General information

The doctoral programme at NTNU is comprised of both course work and a research component. The university typically allows 3 years for the completion of a PhD, but the position can be extended to 4 years in connection with a 25% work requirement, which is often fulfilled through teaching.

The typical length for the PhD programme in Marine Technology is three years; this is comprised of one semester of additional study and 2.5 years of dissertation work and research (maximum time of study is 6 years). Today, the department has 45 PhD students and a number of research fellow programmes. Three of these programmes are financed by the Norwegian Research Council:

  • Scenario-based risk assessment of ship collisions and grounding
  • Marine computational fluid dynamics
  • Energy-efficient all-electric ships

Research training program

  • The nominal length of the PhD programme is 3 years of full-time study.
  • The PhD training programme combines academic and methodological schooling, amounting to 30 credits in total.
  • IFEL8000 Introduction to Research Methodology, Theory of Science and Ethics – 4 credits, is a mandatory course for PhD candidates at the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, beyond the minimum requirement of 30 credits.
  • A minimum of 20 credits must be devoted to PhD programme courses.
  • The remaining 10 credits can be used for individual study syllabus or advanced-level Master's courses.
  • Courses such as information searching or scientific publishing are not approved by the faculty as components of the 30 credit minimum requirement.
  • For master courses there is a grade requirement of B or better, according to the NTNU grading scale.
  • Changes to the approved training plan should be made in agreement with one's primary supervisor and submitted to the faculty for approval.
Contact Person: Faculty Contact ( )


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

0731 - Marine spatial planning", "0831 - Fisheries", "0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0588 - Scientific modelling", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography


Venue: NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Trondheim, Norway



You must have financing in place before beginning your PhD programme, because you cannot submit a formal application for acceptance to a PhD programme unless you have arranged for financing.


An admission requirement is that one hold a Master's degree (similar or equivalent educations also considered). In addition, one must have obtained a B or better during one's last 2 years of study (corresponding to 120 credits/ECTS).

Application Procedure:

The application for admission is to be completed in cooperation with one's potential primary supervisor. The application form and other forms relating to admission can be downloaded in either Norwegian or English. Applicants and candidates should first contact the relevent department, for assistence with both general information or for help with finding the right supervisor within a particular field of study. The application should be submitted then to the department. The primary supervisor and the department should give their assessment of the application before it is sent on to the faculty for further evaluation.

There is no common application deadline. As each doctoral candidate's study is typically financed by a research fellowship, the first step is to check for available fellowship positions in their field of interest. 

Grant Opportunities:

Current position postings for the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology can be found both on the PhD opportunities page and via NTNU's electronic bulliten board,


Academic level: PhD
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