PhD Studies. Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology. Senior Executive Officer Gro Neergård

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PhD Studies

Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology

Senior Executive Officer Gro Neergård

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Content

1. Focus on PhD as an

education -

coursework

2. PhD contacts

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PhD Candidate? PhD Student? PhD Research Fellow?

- some definitions

PhD Research Fellow:

– a person employed by NTNU

PhD Candidate:

– a person admitted to a a PhD programme at NTNU

PhD Student:

– PhD candidates do not have student status at NTNU, term is rarely used.

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PhD Regulations at NTNU

“Regulations for the philosophiae doctor degree (PhD) at NTNU”:

• The regulations concerns all phases of the PhD studies:

– Admission – Training – Completion

• Stipulate rules for coursework, supervision, PhD thesis, doctoral defence and more.

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Organized academic training (courses)

• Each PhD candidate has an individual

academic training plan.

• The plan should always be prepared in agreement with your supervisor.

• The academic training plan must be approved by the faculty.

• It is recommended that all courses are completed during the first semesters.

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Organized academic training

- general rules

• Minimum 30 ECTS credits (eqvivalent to 6 months of fulltime study)

• At least 20 credits are to be taken as established PhD level courses

• The remaining 10 credits can be made out of

– a master level course from NTNU – an individually selected syllabus.

COURSE CREDITS

PhD courses Min 20 MSc courses

or

Individual Study Syllabus

Max 10

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What courses can I follow?

• PhD courses at NTNU

• Master courses from NTNU

• PhD courses at other universities

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Courses at NTNU

WHERE TO FIND THEM?:

Course descriptions are available online: http://www.ntnu.edu/studies/courses

The «PhD Study Handbook 2013/2014» is available in Norwegian:

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Passing grades for PhD candidates

GENERAL RULES FOR NTNU: • Official grading scale is A-F

GENERAL RULES FOR PHD CANDIDATES TAKING A MASTER COURSE:

• The passing grades are A or B

– A PhD candidate who getsC, D or E is only entitled to retake the examination once, in order to improve the grade

SPECIFIC RULES FOR PHD COURSES AT THE NT-FACULTY :

• PhD courses the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology are all assessed by using the grades passed or not passed

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PhD courses from other institutions

If you are planning to follow PhD courses at other universities, please note the following:

BEFORE:

• When you apply, you must provide a full course description from the external institution.

AFTER:

• To get your result registered at NTNU, you need to submit a transcript that comfirms that you

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Which courses will NOT be accepted?

Lower degree courses (i.e. bachelor)

Small courses, awarded less than 3 credits

• Courses that can not be classified as Natural Sciences or Technology

Technical courses; providing skills that are essential for your research; for example computer programming or how-to-operate laboratory

equipment etc.

Old courses; completed more than 2 years ago

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Individual Study Syllabus

If required coursework is not offered by NTNU, you can

apply for an Individual study syllabus.

REQUIREMENTS:

• PhD level

• Minimum 3 credits / 150 pages (1 credit = 50 pages)

• The topic must be within your professor’s field of expertise • The litterature and examination form must be approved by the

Faculty in good time before the examination is to take place.

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Student Web

-a service that give you access to data regarding your PhD studies

What can you do?

• Registering for courses (class attendance) • Registering for exams

• View exam results and order transcripts of records

• Register your address

• Monitor the registrations about you Note:

You must formally be admitted to a PhD Programme before you can register

What can you NOT do?

• Add/remove or swap courses Note:

Deadlines for  registering : 15 February (Spring) 

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How to change course(s)

Your plan for academic training must be approved by the Faculty at all times. As a consequence, all changes must be approved as well.

APPLICATION:

• The form «Application for changes in the academic training plan» is available at Innsida/PhD/NT

• Apply BEFORE you take on a course, to make sure that the course will be accepted as part of your academic training.

ATTACHMENTS:

• External courses: attach a full course description, that confirms the number of credits, PhD-level, and assessment form (examination).

• Individual Study Syllabus: attach a full course description and list of the syllabus by using the form Individual Study Syllabus

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I have questions about my PhD studies.

Who can I talk to?

PhD 

Consultants:

Dept of Biology Dept of Biotechnology

Dept of Chemical 

Engineering Dept of Chemistry

Dept of Materials  Science &  Engineering Dept of Physics Faculty Admin;  The Research  Section Faculty Admin;  The Research  Section

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Research Section/PhD

Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology

Deputy Dean Tor Grande PhD consultant Gro Neergård PhD consultant Anne Sæther Head of Section Bjørn S. Tanem

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PhD contacts

Lisbeth

 

Aune

Cecilie

 

Skagfjord

Lisbeth

 

Roel

Biology Biotechnology Chemical  Engineering

Biology Biotechnology Chemical 

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PhD Contacts continued…

Julie

 

Lange

 

Hansen

Bjørn

 

Syvertsen

Elin

 

Kaasen

Anne

 

Biophysics Physics Chemistry Materials  Science &  Engineering Biophysics &  Physics Chemistry

Materials Science & 

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Administrative Process

Applicationsubmitted by  candidate

Assessmentat the Department & by the PhD Programme Board

Decision made by 

Faculty/Research Section Decision

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PhD Programme Board leaders

Augustine  Arukwe Biology Kjell M.  Vårum Biotechnology Erik  Wahlström Physics/  Biophysics Signe  Kjelstrup Chemistry Sigurd  Skogestad Chemical  Engineering Knut  Marthinsen Materials  Science &  Technology

Research

 

Committee

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Travel Grants for PhD candidates

The purpose is to give all candidates the opportunity to participate in at least one, work-related travel during the period of admission

• Allocated twice a year

• Purpose is ranked in the following order:

– Invited lecture or courses that are part of your organised academic training – Registered contributions, conferences and summer schools

– Other arrangements

• Rates:

– Travels in Europe Up to 10 000 NOK

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PhD Travel Grant

Application Deadlines

Note:

You must be formally admitted to the PhD programme to apply

1 December

For travels in the period of 1 Jan until 31 Dec: 55 % of the disposable sum is available

1 May

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Useful links:

 PhD Regulations

 PhD Study Handbook (Norwegian only)

 Search courses / Course descriptions

 Application forms

 PhD at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology

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