Industrial PhD Regulations



Industrial PhD Regulations

Supplementary Provisions related to Industrial PhD


The provisions of this document act as a supplement to Regulations for the Degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) (hereinafter the Doctoral Degree Regulations.)

An Industrial PhD (Nærings PhD) is a doctoral degree that is carried out in cooperation between BI and partners from business or the public sector. The requirement for research and dissertation is the same as in BI's regular doctoral programme and is subject to the Doctoral Degree Regulations and Supplementary Provisions for PhD Dissertations.


Section 1  General
Cooperation on an Industrial PhD shall be based on an agreement specifying how

  • rights and duties are to be divided between the student and the supervisor, and
  • between BI Norwegian Business School and the enterprise.

In this context rights and duties are related to responsibility, team of supervisors, residence obligations, funding, work obligations, as well as rights related to results. It is necessary to make sure that the doctoral candidate is not prevented from publishing and distributing results.


Section 2  Admission
Applicants must possess the academic qualifications required for ordinary admission to BI's doctoral programme.

The agreement referred to in Section 1 shall form part of the application for admission to the programme.

The research project may be initiated either by research interests at BI or by the enterprise and shall reflect activities rooted in the enterprise.

The academic advisor must have BI Norwegian Business School as his/her main employer. The additional advisor should be appointed by the enterprise and/or a partner research institute. 


Section 3  Funding and work obligations
 The doctoral candidate shall remain an employee of the enterprise and be paid by the enterprise.

BI Norwegian Business School shall receive a contribution from the enterprise to cover the cost of training the student and ordinary operating costs, such as the costs of office facilities, equipment, etc. The enterprise shall act as applicant for any project support, e.g. from the Research Council of Norway.

The funding of the doctoral candidate shall be of the same duration as the doctoral scholarships awarded by the Ministry of Education and Research and the Research Council of Norway (currently three years). In addition, one year of working duty at BI Norwegian Business School is required. This means that the doctoral  candidate is admitted for a period of four years.

The working obligation may consist of teaching and supervision, and it is a goal that the work be relevant for the doctoral dissertation.

The organization of the residence duty shall be specified in the application. As a main rule the period of the research training should be organized in such a way that the doctoral candidate spends a total of at least one year at each institution. This can be done in different ways; the main purpose, however, is to include the doctoral  candidate in a research environment for an extended period of time. For students who are not resident in or in the vicinity of Oslo, practicing the residence requirement too strictly may pose certain challenges; in such cases it will be necessary to show flexibility, for instance by extending the residence requirement over a somewhat longer period of time.

The 25 per cent work obligation (the fourth year) cannot be included in what is here described as residence duty.

Last Modified: 15/06/2016 14:31