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 three 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.
A grade of B or better is required to pass a course.
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 9-1 Reporting
Seminars for alle PhD candidates in the programme are arranged each term.
Approximately 3-6 months before expected thesis submission the PhD candidate should give a public presentation of the work completed so far, and present a plan for completion of the thesis.
The Doctoral Degree Committee and the main supervisor must be present at the presentation and give the candidate feedback and consider whether the planned progression is realistic. If the Doctoral Degree Committee finds the presentation to by satisfactory, the process of appointing an evaluation committee shall begin.
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
After an approved public presentation, the Doctoral Degree Committee will appoint the 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.