The National Joint PhD Programme in Nautical Operations will educate qualified candidates for research, teaching, dissemination and innovation work, and other activities requiring scientific insight and an operational maritime focus.
Implementation of complex nautical operations today requires interdisciplinarity and differentiated competence, including research expertise, for the safe and efficient planning, implementation and evaluation of nautical operations.
The programme has the following vision: to create an internationally recognized national PhD degree in nautical operations.
This vision will be achieved through the following overall objectives:
1) Strengthen the multidisciplinary national expertise in nautical operations through
collaboration between the four higher education institutions in Norway with professional
2) The PhD Programme in Nautical Operations is the preferred Programme in the field and
attracts good applicants nationally and internationally from major maritime nations.
3) Individuals graduating from the Programme are in demand both nationally and
internationally because they have a strong and relevant research-based expertise and the
ability to innovate and adapt.
4) Increase value creation and innovation through close cooperation between academia,
maritime industry and public sector.
5) The multidisciplinary national competence related to nautical operations constitutes an
internationally recognised professional environment that sets the terms for the development
of knowledge in the field.
Nautical operations consist of two subject areas:
• Nautical studies that include navigation, maneuvering and transport of floating craft, and operations, indicating that the PhD program will focus on applied research to support, improve and develop the activities undertaken.
• The operational perspective includes strategic, tactical and operational aspects. Strategic levels include the choice of type and size of a ship fleet. Tactical aspects concern the design of individual ships and the selection of equipment and staff. The operational aspects include planning, implementation and evaluation of nautical operations.
There is a compulsory joint maritime course offered at all the four institutions.
The remaining academic content will be related to each area of specialisation at the four institutions:
• Maritime Organizational Safety Management and Fire Safety and Evacuation Research at HVL
• Maritime operations and sensor technology at UiT
• Maritime human factors as well as maritime logistics and port operations at USN
• Maritime design and product development at NTNU
The PhD programme consists of:
• The educational component (30 credits). This is composed of subjects on Ph.D. level divided into a compulsory part (15 credits) and a self-chosen part (15 credits). The core areas of the educational component have two compulsory and eight elective subjects based on the overall profile of the study program. The core areas build on key themes of the maritime-related bachelor and master's programmes at the four institutions.
• The research component (150 credits). The dissertation is an independent research project or research and development project that shall meet international standards regarding ethical requirements, professional level and methodology in the field of nautical operations. The dissertation shall contribute to developing new academic knowledge and be at a level that indicates that it could be published internationally or otherwise published in an appropriate format as part of the research area's knowledge-based development.
The programme shall normally be completed within three years of full-time work, or within four years, if one year is devoted to teaching and supervision work. A different schedule might be agreed upon admission, but with a study effort of not less than 50 %.
Who can apply?
Applicants who have an operational maritime educational and vocational background or who have other professional education relevant to nautical operations. Applicants must have completed an education at bachelor's and master's level which together comprises 300 credits.
What kind of job can you get?
Candidates will be eligible for positions within the national and international maritime industry in, for example, such sectors as:
• Supplier industry to the maritime sector
• Shipping companies
• Government bodies and public institutions with maritime activities
• The Higher Education sector with maritime professional education
• Offshore and energy companies
• Ports and land-based services for the maritime industry
• Training and educational centers for maritime personnel.
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