PhD programme in Animal and Aquacultural Sciences

General information

Ph.d. Programmer i Husdyr- og akvakulturvitenskap

What can you use this qualification for? The PhD programme in Animal and Aquacultural Sciences shall qualify candidates for research of international standard within the department’s subject areas, and for other work in society where there are high demands on scientific insight and analytical thinking, in accordance with recognised principles of academic and research ethics.

What will you learn? The objective of the PhD education is to give candidates knowledge, skills and expertise in line with the Norwegian qualifications framework.

Short description. The objective of the PhD education is to give candidates knowledge, skills and expertise in line with the Norwegian qualifications framework.

Contents and structure. A full description can be found here. 

Learning outcome:

KNOWLEDGE. On completion of the PhD programme in Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, new doctors are expected to:

  • Have in-depth knowledge in the chosen subject area within the phd programme in Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, and to be at the forefront of knowledge in their field of expertise within this subject area.
  • Have in-depth knowledge about scientific theories and methods associated with the field.
  • Be able to assess and analyse different theories, methods and processes in research and academic development projects - also from an international perspective.
  • Contribute to the development of new knowledge, new theories and methods in the field.

SKILLS. On completion of the PhD programme in Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, new doctors are expected to:

  • Be able to formulate research issues, and to plan and conduct research and academic development work of high international calibre within their field.
  • Know how to use the scientific equipment, instruments and analysis tools of their field of specialisation, and be familiar with equipment researchers normally use.
  • Master relevant statistical methods and be able to assess the utility and limitations of different statistical methods.
  • Have conducted original research that has led to new knowledge that can be published in the form of at least three scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Be able to handle complexity, create an overview, and synthesise scientific information.
  • Be able to perform critical assessments and give constructive criticism on scientific work in their field.

 GENERAL COMPETENCE. On completion of the PhD programme in Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, new doctors are expected to:

  • Be able to conduct their research with professional and ethical integrity, to assess concerns related to animal welfare and environmental issues, and be able to identify new and relevant ethical issues.
  • Be able to participate in complex interdisciplinary tasks and projects.
  • Be able to disseminate research and development work through recognised national and international channels, and to participate in scientific debates in international forums.
  • Be able to disseminate research findings to the animal or aqua cultural industry, to the authorities and public administration, and to the general public through contact with the media.
  • Be able to teach students within their subject area or field of specialisation.
  • Be able to place own research in broad academic and societal contexts.
  • Be able to assess the need for and, if required, stimulate innovation in the field.

Qualifications after graduation. The PhD programme shall qualify candidates for research and for other work where there are high demands on scientific insight and analytical thinking related to production animals or companion animals. The PhD programme seeks to meet the current and future needs for competence in order to conduct research, development and dissemination at universities, other public and private institutions, enterprises and organisations.

Contact Person: Mara Dagestad (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0831 - Aquaculture", "0831 - Fisheries


Venue: Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Aas, Norway



Admission as a PhD candidate is contingent on the applicant having an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian programme of study, where 120 credits are at the master's degree level. The applicant must have achieved learning outcomes corresponding to the descriptions given in the Norwegian qualifications framework's second cycle. The applicant must have a strong academic background from previous studies.

Application Procedure:

It is not possible to apply for the PhD education without being able to secure and document full funding for the entire period of admission. Therefore, most applicants to a PhD programme at NMBU, first apply for a position as a research fellow (within a relevant dicipline/field). The best option is to look for vacant research fellow positions at:

Admission is granted on a rolling basis and the department has formal authority to admit candidates.

An application for admission shall be submitted to the department on the standard form, and admission must be granted at the latest three months after the start date.

The application must contain:

  • Documentation of the education on which admission will be based
  • Documentation of written and oral English skills
  • A simplified project description (as an appendix)
  • A description of the necessary infrastructure
  • A request to use a language other than English or Norwegian in the thesis, if relevant
  • A proposal for a principal supervisor and co-supervisor(s)
  • A list of sources of funding

Admission decisions are based on an overall assessment of the application. A prerequisite for admission is that the applicant's academic background fulfils the criteria in section 5.1 of the Regulations. The admission letter will specify the supervisors appointed, and the duration of the contract will be stipulated with a start date and an end date.

Admission may be made conditional upon:

  • Funding, admission capacity, supplementary education and satisfaction of infrastructure requirements
  • Agreement being reached on any intellectual property rights issues when the contract is signed (see PhD regulations section 6.1)

 NMBU's regulations regarding admission to the PhD programme shall apply (see section 5). The applicant must have completed a relevant master's degree or the equivalent, and have grades from among the best half of his/her student population. Foreign applicants must document approved competence in written and oral English (see PhD regulations section 5.2). Admission as a PhD candidate is contingent on the documentation of full funding of salary for at least three years, and necessary funds to run the project in accordance with the project budget and for the required coursework.


Application for admission to PhD programmes at NMBU is made on FORM 1.1.1. 

FORM 1.1.1 must be submitted at the latest two months after the start-up date.

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • certified copy of original master’s degree  diploma, other degree diploma or the equivalent
  • project outline with a plan for the research work (1-3 pages)
  • documentation of English language proficiency, cf. section 5.2 of the PhD regulations
  • documented access to the required infrastructure for implementation of the research project and, if relevant, an agreement with an external party on this
  • a request to use a language other than English or Norwegian in the thesis if relevant
  • a proposal for a supervisory team and indication of affiliation to an active research community     
  • any plans for a stay at another institution
  • an overview of sources of funding and if relevant, any agreement on external funding
  • proof of citizenship / passport

The following documents are attached to the application if relevant:

  • For education undertaken abroad: assessment of the education from NOKUT – the Norwegian Competence Centre for Foreign Education
  • For education undertaken  abroad: an official description of the grade system from the institution at which the education was completed.

Grant Opportunities:

Finansiering kan skje ved tilsetting i stipendiatstilling ved NMBU eller via forskningsmidler fra Norges Forskningsråd, offentlige eller private organisasjoner eller bedrifter. 


Academic level: PhD
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