Programme structure (2019–2022)
The doctoral program at HiMolde is a three-year full-time program leading to a doctoral degree (PhD) in Logistics. If you have 25% working duties, the planned duration of the program is extended to four years.
The conferral of the doctoral degree in Logistics signifies that the candidate has attained expert competence in a major field of study. You will normally have one supervisor at HiMolde, plus one or more co-supervisors from other institutions. Suggesting co-supervisors is the duty of your main supervisor, and the Doctoral Degree Committee must approve them.
When you are approximately half-way through your doctoral program period, you will have to pass a midway evaluation process, where two evaluators (one internal and one external) will give you feedback and advice on your progression. The evaluators may also make recommendations to your tutors and the university if any adjustments should be made.
About half a year before you plan to complete your degree, you will give a public presentation. If this presentation is approved, your adjudication committee will be appointed. The committee has three members, including one member from HiMolde and at least one international member. The committee has two major duties: To evaluate if your thesis is accepted for its final defense, and to evaluate your trial lecture and public defense.
Content and structure of the programme
The general structure is as follows: The total workload of the program is 180 ECTS. 45 ECTS is allocated to the course plan, and the rest to the thesis work. There is one obligatory course: DRL002 Philosophy of Science (5 ECTS). Holders of Norwegian scholarships will in addition normally have one year workload of required duties for HiMolde. Doctoral students may spend one or two semesters abroad, for both courses and thesis work.
In co-operation with the supervisor, candidates should propose a list of suggested courses to the Doctoral Degree Committee. The composition of the list should take into account both the suggested topic for the thesis and the background of the candidate. For example, if the candidate does not have a solid background in logistics, the course plan should contain a necessary amount of courses in logistics. In addition, The Doctoral Degree Committee may require that the candidate takes courses without credit if this is necessary to bring the candidate up to an acceptable level for starting the doctoral study.
The course plan may comprise elements belonging to:
The MSc Logistics program at HiMolde
Doctoral courses provided by HiMolde
Courses at master's or preferably doctoral level at other (foreign or Norwegian) universities
Presentations of papers at international academic conferences, which each will count 3 ECTS each (maximum 9 ECTS in total)
Tutored self-study courses.
Courses at PhD level must total a minimum of 25 ECTS and DRL002 Philosophy of Science is obligatory.
At least 5 ECTS must be doctoral courses explicitly related to logistics, supply chain management or transport economics. A minimum of 30 ECTS must be exam-based courses, meaning that the sum of credits of conference papers and tutored self-study courses could not exceed 15 ECTS.
Obligatory PhD Course:
Philosophy of Science (min. 5 ECTS)
This course is given in Norwegian by Volda University College. You can choose a similar course from other institutions., see: https://www.hivolda.no/studietilbod/vitenskapsteori-og-etikk-phd-emne/var You may choose a similar course from other institutions, but these must be approved as substitutes by the PhD Logistics committee.