PhD programmes

Engineering and applied sciences

The PhD programme at the Department of Engineering offers degrees in engineering and applied sciences. The programme is tightly integrated with the research activities of our faculty and its official language is English. The goal of the programme is to prepare students for leading careers in academia and industry. The Research Council of the Department of Engineering manages the programme.

Upon graduation PhD candidates must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of their chosen field of engineering or applied science, display profound knowledge in a specialised area of the discipline, and show the ability to perform independent research.

Programme structure

The duration of the course of study is no less than 3 years of full time study corresponding to 180 ECTS. The programme includes:

  • Writing a thesis proposal (typically within one year of entry)
  • Conducting independent research that extends on the current state-of-the-art knowledge
  • Knowledge dissemination activities (e.g. teaching, seminars, publishing)
  • Writing of a PhD thesis
  • A successful thesis defense

Students entering the programme should at minimum have completed a MSc degree in engineering or in the relevant field of science. Students may be required to complete preparatory courses from the undergraduate and/or graduate programme at Reykjavik University, before joining the PhD programme or during the programme. Students are expected to spend at least three months, but no more than one year, at another university or research laboratory.

Please note that positions are advertised as they become available.

Further information

PhD Dissertation - practical information

The rules for the PhD dissertation are in chapter 9.4 in the PhD programme rules.
Templates for dissertations are available in LaTeX and Word documents.

The printed copy should be in B5 format. One copy should be delivered to the Department of Engineering office. The supervisor(s) can request further copies.

An electronic version of the dissertation should be uploaded to Opin vísindi. Information on how to use Opin vísindi is on the RU library website. Confirmation of the electronic submission should be forwarded to the Department of Engineering office.


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