PhD Studies

The forefront of research and innovation

The Department of Engineering offers PhD programmes that are tightly integrated with the research activities of our faculty. PhD students work in collaboration with research staff towards a degree either in Engineering or Applied Sciences. Programmes are managed by the Department of Engineering's Research Council. 

It's here that academic excellence is fosters, and where students become experts in their fields. Students become researchers, and are prepared for leading careers in academia and industry.

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.

The official language of instruction is English.


Programme Structure

The programme duration is no less than 3 years of full-time study, corresponding to 180 ECTS. 

This includes:

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

Students entering the programme are expected to have completed an MSc in Engineering or a related field of science. Students may be required to complete prerequisite courses from under/graduate programmes here at Reykjavik University. This may be before joining the PhD programme or during the programme, as determined on a case-by-case basis. 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 through the link below.

The RU Library issues ISBN numbers to be included in the thesis. An electronic version of the dissertation must be uploaded to Opin Vísindi. Information on how to use Opin Vísindi and obtain an ISBN number is on the RU Library Website. Confirmation of the electronic submission should be forwarded to the Department of Engineering office.


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