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Philosophiae Doctor in Logistics (PhD)

Facts about the program

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3 years
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Doctoral degree with nom length of study
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Illustration Logistics

The PhD Program in Logistics at Molde University College (MUC) is a 3-4 year full-time program leading to a doctoral degree (PhD) in logistics. Candidates are usually funded by PhD scholarships provided by MUC or The Research Council of Norway. More than 50 candidates have completed the PhD Logistics program since the start-up in 2002, and their research projects cover a wide range of topics and methodological approaches. In addition to work on their thesis, candidates must also complete 45 ECTS of courses. The thesis is either based on publishable academic papers, or written as a monography.

Programme content

Logistics deals with the organization of the flow of products, services and information from raw materials to the end user in a supply chain. The analysis of such supply chains may be built on a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, such as economics, business administration, industrial organization, engineering, management science, information science and computer science. Quantitative techniques and models based on mathematics, statistics, engineering, and operations research are also useful tools in such analyses.

The PhD logistics program is organized as a three year full-time program, or – if the candidate has 25% work-load related to e.g. teaching and tutoring, - a four year program.

The main part of the program is related to the doctoral project, which is defined on an individual bases where the candidate pursues a given research task under guidance from well qualified tutors. The project is defined as part of the admission procedure, and the project plan must be approved by the PhD Logistics committee. The end product of the research project is the doctoral thesis, which may be in the form of a scientific monography or a collection of academic papers of a quality that would make them acceptable for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals.

The candidate must also complete courses according to an approved course plan, comprising a total workload equivalent to 45 ECTS. One PhD module is compulsory, DRL002 Philosophy of Science. In addition at least 5 ECTS must be PhD courses with an explicit content related to logistics, supply chain management or transport economics. The remaining 35 credits may comprise a mix of PhD courses offered under the PhD Logistics program, approved PhD courses from other institutions, a limited number of Master’s modules and approved presentations at international conferences.

The Doctoral degree committee for PhD Logistics 
Serves as the administrative and scientific body for all aspects of the PhD Logistics program.

PhD in Logistics - Rules and regulations