PENG9900 Doctoral Thesis in Engineering Science Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Doctoral Thesis in Engineering Science
150 ECTS
Year of study
Course history


The thesis is an independent scientific work that shall meet international standards in terms of ethical requirements, academic level, and methodology. The thesis shall contribute to developing new academic knowledge in engineering science, and may be submitted either as a compilation comprising a minimum of three articles or as a monograph.

Required preliminary courses

Conditions for submitting the thesis for assessment:

The training component of the programme must be approved before students may submit their thesis.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student has achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


On graduation, the student:

  • is in the forefront of knowledge within the engineering science topic of his/her thesis and masters the field's scientific theories, principles and methods.
  • is at the forefront of knowledge in his/her professional field of engineering.
  • has breadth of knowledge and the ability to perform cross-disciplinary work in engineering science.


On graduation, the student can:

  • formulate research questions, plan and conduct research and scholarly work within engineering science.
  • carry out research and scholarly work at a high international level.
  • deal with complex professional issues with an academic approach, reflect critically on established knowledge and practice in the field.
  • apply technologies, scientific methods, digital and simulation tools suitable for solving complex engineering problems.
  • develop innovative, sustainable engineering solutions and transform the latest scientific discoveries into enabling new technologies.
  • evaluate the expediency and application of theories, methods and processes in research, scholarly projects as well as in professional engineering projects specific to his/her field of engineering.
  • contribute to the development and documentation of new knowledge and methods within her/his field of engineering science.

General competence:

On graduation, the student can:

  • identify, discuss and reflect upon ethical and societal implications of his/her own research as well as of the applications it enables.
  • produce scientific publications and communicate research and development work through recognised national and international channels.
  • participate in debates within and present his/her research at national and international fora.
  • assess the need for, initiate and drive innovation

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching during work on the thesis is provided in the form of supervision. Working methods for writing the thesis consist mostly of self-study and research activities, as well as participation in research communities, presentations of the student's own research in research fora, research communities, and at international scientific conferences.

Course requirements

All PhD students must present their projects at interdisciplinary seminars at the start, midway, and near the end of the programme. The midway presentation should ideally be conducted in English and be followed by a discussion on current progress between the PhD student, the supervisor(s), and the PhD Programme Director.

Students are required to present their research at at least one international scientific conference.


Thesis, trial lecture, and public defence approved by expert committee.

Permitted exam materials and equipment

All aids are permitted.

Grading scale

Pass or fail.


One internal examiner and two external examiners.