Admission to the PhD Degree Programme in Logistics

Send the application to the University College for consideration by the Doctoral Degree Committee. 

Deadline for Applications

Applicants with their own funding can apply anytime during the academic year.  Applicants with financial aid from the university college should apply as soon as possible after receiving notification that financial assistance has been granted.

What will be evaluated?

Applicants appointed as a research fellow (stipendiat) by the college are automatically qualified for the doctoral degree program and only their study plan must be approved by the Doctoral Degree Committee.  For all other applicants the Committee will evaluate their qualifications.

What should the application include?

  • Personal information in the form of a CV
  • Transcripts of relevant higher education.  Applicants with their own financial means must submit certified copies of transcripts.  A ‘stipendiat’ is not required to submit certified copies of transcripts.
  • A short description of the project.  It should include some details about what will be done the first year; otherwise give a more general description of the project.
  • Name of supervisor(s).  The main supervisor must be employed by the university college.  All supervisors must have been asked and be willing to be supervisors.
  • List of courses that total 45 ECTS, 30 of which must be exam based.
  • Plan for stay abroad.
  • Plan for required work (if relevant) whether it is completely or partially determined.
  • Overview of applicants plan for financing the study

What should the list of courses include?

  • Master’s degree courses at the university college
  • Doctoral degree courses at the university college 
  • Courses on PhD level must total minimum 25 ECTS
  • Courses at the master’s degree and doctoral degree level at other universities and colleges, including doctoral degree courses taken at organizations such as NorFA, EURO, etc.
  • A course in Philosophy of Science (min. 5 ECTS) is compulsory
  • At least 5 ECTS must be doctoral courses explicitly related to logistics, supply chain management or transport economics
  • Up to 3 presentations at international conferences (These need not be specific, but should be listed for planning purposes and it is the responsibility of the student and the supervisor to formalize the list of conferences/presentations.).  Each one will count 3 ECTS.
  • Supervised self-study/reading courses.  These must be specified and include a reading list, number of credits and name of teacher
  • The sum of credits of conference papers and tutored self-study courses can not exceed 15 ECTS

There should be a reasonable division between breath and depth of the study, along with a reasonable number of courses at the doctoral degree level.  It is acceptable to say that X number of credits will be taken during an extended stay at an institution abroad.  For a study abroad the applicant must indicate what type of courses are involved.  As soon as it is clear what courses the applicant plans to take, he/she must send the application to the university college for approval.  Such an application will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. 

Changes are always possible, e.g. the student may become aware of an external course such as the Nordic research courses.  Application for changes must be sent to the college.  Such applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Stay in a foreign country

Study or research in a foreign country is desirable, but not required.  A stay abroad can be used to take relevant courses and to obtain expertise not available at Molde University College.  Admission will not be refused based on this point, but it should be stated that there are no current plans to go abroad.  In such cases the application will be looked at as one that exempts the applicant from this requirement, but it must be justified.  Financing of this trip must also be discussed and it must be clear to what extent extra financing is required or whether it is only desirable.


Admission to the program is contingent upon satisfactory funding.  An applicant who is a research fellow/stipendiat has per definition adequate funding. Others must prove that they have the financial means to complete the program.
Criteria used to rank applicants when there are more applicants than capacity
These criteria apply when it comes to 

  • Determining who will be granted a research fellowship/stipendiat position
  • Decisions about the admission of applicants with their own funding

In appointing a ‘stipendiat’/research fellow it is always implicit that the applicant will be accepted as a doctoral degree candidate provided the application meets the criteria (see applicable guidelines).  Applicants with their own funding will never be placed ahead of
an applicant who is a ‘stipendiat’.

It is impossible to have completely clear, automatic steps in the rules for ranking.  When there is doubt the following will be given additional weight:

  • The applicant’s grades from their earlier courses, including relevance of the courses. Advisor(s) availability.  Here weight is placed on how many other candidates an advisor has, not his/her work load in general.
  • When two applicants have similar qualifications, women will be given priority
  • It is desirable that applicants follow the normal study progression.