Ph.D Courses

As part of the PhD Programme you will have to take courses corresponding to 45 ECTS. Courses on PhD-level must be a minimum of 25 ECTS.

In co-operation with your supervisor you will have to present a list of suggested courses to the Doctoral Degree Committee as part of your application for admission.  The list will take into account both the suggested topic for your thesis and your background.  For example, if you do not have a solid background in logistics, you will on one hand need a large collection of courses in logistics, on the other hand, you will already have a solid background in some related subject that will be beneficial for your thesis. The Doctoral Degree Committee may require that you take courses without credit in order to bring you to an acceptable level for starting a doctoral study. Your course plan may comprise PhD courses (in-house or from other institutions), master's courses, reading courses (self-study) and talks at international conferences.

There is only one obligatory course:

  • ​Philosophy of science (5 ECTS) - this course is given in Norwegian by Høgskulen i Volda. For non-Norwegian using student, you may choose a similar course from another institution.

In addition, Molde University College offers PhD courses at irregular intervals. These will be announced on our web-pages and in the Canvas-room for PhD students. Approved PhD courses must add up to a minimum of 25 ECTS of your course plan.

Master's courses

You may also select some Master's courses to be part of your PhD course plan. You need to obtain at least an ECTS grade of B to have these courses approved.

Reading courses

The Doctoral Degree Committee may accept reading courses.  The course description, literature list, tutor and number of credits must be approved by the committee in advance.

Talks at international conferences

We encourage our PhD students to take part in international research conferences where they could present their work. Talks at international conferences are evaluated at 3 ECTS each. PhD candidates will get credits for maximum 3 talks, corresponding to a total of 9 ECTS (use this form to register talks: 

Reading courses and conference talks may, as a maximum, constitute 15 ECTS of the course plan.


Published Oct. 18, 2018 12:18 PM - Last modified Jan. 28, 2020 1:02 PM