PhD in Logistics

Level of study: 
Study mode: 
6 semesters
Program of study: 
Philosophiae doctor in Logistics (ph.d)
Admission and rating

In order to be eligible for admittance, you must have an excellent academic record with at least a 120 ECTS at master’s degree level in a relevant field, or equivalent educational qualifications. For applicants with a Norwegian background, an average grade of B or better from master’s-level study is needed. Please read the detailed regulations governing the programme. Applicants with a non-Norwegian education are assessed based on certificates and other documentation of educational background, provided in English or a Scandinavian language. Individual considerations based on publication records, research proposals, relevant work experience etc. are used if it is impossible to rank applicants (to scholarships or the like) based on degrees.

There are no tuition fees at Molde University College. However, you need to be able to support yourself financially for full-time study. For Norwegians this means a scholarship from Molde University College (which is advertised when available), a scholarship from a Research Council, or direct financing which is legally guaranteed from a private or public source. The Research Council of Norway has special scholarships for citizens of some countries. In addition, non-Norwegians may of course have support from their own countries. In order to be given a student visa by the Norwegian Immigration Authorities, you need to have NOK 112 000 available in a bank account at the beginning of each academic year. This requirement is automatically satisfied if you are financed by Molde University College or the Research Council of Norway.

If financing is in order, you must determine the research topic for your PhD thesis and write a short description of the topic. At this stage it can be more than one topic. Then you must locate a member of the academic staff at Molde University College who is interested in your topic, qualified as a supervisor and willing to supervise you. You can do this in several ways. One possibility is to contact the head of the Doctoral Degree Committee, who will try to help you. If you already know who you would like as a supervisor, you should get in touch with that person. All this can be done before all the financing details are sorted out, but you will not be admitted to the PhD programme before legally guaranteed financing is in place. When you have found a potential supervisor, you should write an application that emphasizes the research topic and methodology, plus the course requirements and a plan for a your PhD studies. This is the major part of your application for admittance. The Doctoral Degree Committee at Molde University College will make the final decision about accepting you as a doctoral candidate. (If you are employed at the University College as scholarship holder, much of this will already be taken care of.)

Read more about the application process.


The doctoral programme at Molde University College is a three-year full-time programme leading to a doctoral degree (PhD) in Logistics. The conferral of the doctoral degree in Logistics signifies that the candidate has attained expert competence in a major field of study. You will normally have one supervisor at Molde University College plus one or more co-supervisors from elsewhere. Suggesting co-supervisors is the duty of your main supervisor, and the Doctoral Degree Committee must approve them.

About one year before you plan to complete your degree, an evaluation committee will be appointed. The committee has three members, including one member from Molde University College and at least one international member. The committee has two major duties: To approve your thesis for its final defence, and to evaluate your defence. 

Work- and learn methods

Expected learning outcome:

A candidate who has completed the PhD programme should obtain the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • is at the forefront of logistics, mastering scientific theories and methods of logistics research;
  • can evaluate and assess various theories, methods and processes in Logistics research and in applied research and development (R&D) projects in an international perspective;
  • can contribute to the development of new knowledge, new theories, and methods in Logistics.


  • can formulate research questions for academic research and applied research and development at a recognized international level in Logistics;
  • can contribute to new knowledge in Logistics through scientific research that can be published in peer-reviewed national and international scientific journals;
  • can handle complexity, create an overview and synthesize established scientific knowledge and practice;
  • can critically evaluate and constructively criticize scientific research in Logistics.

General competencies

  • can identify relevant ethical issues and conduct research with academic integrity;
  • can disseminate research and development through highly ranked national and international channels and participate in debates;
  • can identify their own research in Logistics within a wider research area and social context;
  • can evaluate the need for renewal, and can initiate and be engaged in innovation.
Content structure

The general structure is as follows: The programme takes three years and includes 45 ECTS with courses and similar activities. There are two obligatory courses: History of Logistics and a course in Philosophy of Science (of minimum 5 ECTS each). The rest of the time is for the thesis. Holders of Norwegian scholarships will in addition normally have one year of required duties for Molde University College. Doctoral students may take one or two semesters abroad, for both course work and thesis work.

Courses are mainly taken from three areas:

  1. The MSc program in Logistics at Molde University College
  2. Doctoral courses at Molde University College
  3. Courses at master’s or preferably doctoral level at other (foreign or Norwegian) universities

You must take some courses from areas 2 and 3, but may drop area 1. Courses at PhD level must be a minimum of 25 ECTS.

PhD Courses

These courses are given from time to time and Molde University College will also offer other PhD courses at irregular intervals. Please find more information about scheduled PhD courses here: http://www.himolde.no/english/studier/Sider/PhD-Courses.aspx 

Philosophy of Science (min. 5 ECTS) This course is given in Norwegian by Volda University College. You can choose a similar course from other institutions.

Planned courses:
DRL025 Supply Chain Management Performance
DRL026 Grunnleggende økonometri med Stata

The following PhD courses are arranged from time to time, depending on demand (with ECTS in final column):  
DRL003 Transaction Cost Analysis - 5 ECTS
DRL004 Game Theory - 10 ECTS
DRL007 Cost-Benefit Analysis -5 ECTS
DRL008 Interorganizational Issues in Supply Chain Management- 5 ECTS
DRL012 Freight Transportation - 5 ECTS
DRL013 Model Solving in Mathematical Programming - 10 ECTS
DRL015 Service System Design under Uncertainty - 2 ECTS
DRL016 Production Planning and Scheduling -7.5 ECTS
DRL017 Industrial Organization- 7.5 ECTS
DRL018 Local Distribution Planning - 5 ECTS
DRL019 Advanced Discrete-Event Simulation Modeling - 7.5 ECTS
DRL020 Risk Management - 5 ECTS
DRL021 Academic Writing -2 ECTS
DRL022 Partial Least Squares Structural Equations Modeling (PLS-SEM) Using SmartPLS - 4 ECTS
DRL023 How to Prepare and Write PhD thesis - 1 ECTS
DRL024 URBE – Urban Freight and Behavior Change - 5 ECTS