Detailed Guidelines for the PhD Education in Logistics

Detailed guidelines for the PhD education in logistics on the basis of Regulations for the Philosophiae Doctor Degree (PhD) at Molde University College – Specialized University in Logistics. 

Adopted by the Doctoral Degree Committee for logistics 13 June 2014, last revised 1 October 2019. 

Section 2       Scope, content and objectives on PhD education

The PhD education in logistics normally consists of three years full‐time study, and includes required coursework comprising a minimum of 45 credits.

Section 3       Responsibility for the PhD education

The PhD education in logistics is managed by the Faculty of logistics. The programme's Doctoral Degree Committee is responsible for the admission of candidates, execution of the programme, approval of the programme curriculum and course description, and preparing detailed guidelines for the programme.

Section 5-1 Conditions of admission

The admission requirements are a master's degree (120 ECTS) in logistics, informatics, economics or equivalent subject areas. A grade B or better is normally required.

Section 5-7 Involuntary termination in the event of delay or lack of progress

Decision on involuntary termination is made by the Faculty after recommendation by the Doctoral Degree Committee.

Section 7-1 Appointment of academic supervisors

The main supervisor should normally be employed at Molde University College.

Section  8-1 Purpose, content and scope 

The coursework for PhD in logistics must consist of at least 45 credits, 30 of which must be exam based courses, meaning that the sum of credits of conference papers and tutored self-study courses could not exceed 15 ECTS. Courses at PhD level must total a minimum of 25 ECTS.

Compulsory subjects in the course part: Philosophy of science (min. 5 ECTS)

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 can be approved with 3 credits each.

Changes in the approved study plan must be approved by the Doctoral Degree Committee.

For Master's modules to be acknowledged as a part of the course plan, the candidate must have achieved a grade B or better, alternatively the grade "Passed". For PhD modules to be approved, a grade recognized as a "pass" by the institution offering the module, must be achieved. 

The instruction can be given as regular lectures/seminars, partly as short concentrated courses or in other forms that are approved by the university college. In those subject areas where there are no suitable courses available, individual reading material can be approved as a part of the instruction program.

In special situations full or partial exemption can be granted if other training or research activities give the required competence and can be documented.

The PhD student normally spends at least one semester at a recognized foreign academic or research institution, where it is possible to continue the research work for the thesis. If this is not possible or desirable, an approved Norwegian institution can be selected. Other arrangements can be made to ensure that the student obtains insight into alternative research methods and different approaches to the subject.  

Section 9-2 Midway evaluation

A mandatory midtway evaluation will be carried out within 2/3 of the stipulated study period. Guidelines and evaluation form for midway evaluation for the PhD programme in logistics are avalable.

Section 10-1 Thesis requirements

If the thesis consists mainly of papers/articles, written for refereed journals, the candidate should normally be single author of at least one of the papers/articles in the thesis.

Section 14 Appointment of the evaluation committee

When the supervisor assesses that the handling in of the thesis is 3-6 months ahead, the supervisor notifies the Doctoral Degree Committee, which appoints an evaluation committee. The Doctoral Degree Committee appoints the administrator of the evaluation committee, normally the local member.

There should not be joint publications between the main supervisor and the external members of the committee for the last five years.

An opponent can only be appointed for maximum two candidates from the same main supervisor within a five year period.

None of the suggested member can have family relations, supervision relations or joint publications with the candidate, and cannot have contributed to the thesis in any other way.