International Environment and Development studies

PhD Programme in International Environment and Development studies

PhD Programme 3 years

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Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Faculty of Landscape and Society


Master’s Degree GPA B or better

Study start
1 September
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This PhD programme is at the heart of NMBU 's mandate with its focus on global challenges related to environmental and climate change, sustainable food production and natural resources management and the governance implications for people's rights and well-being.

The programme integrates development issues with research on environmental problems, typically issues related to natural resource management, resource rights and conflicts, human security, environmental governance, agricultural development and food security. The programme has a clear interdisciplinary profile both in recruitment of candidates and in the topics and problem areas investigated.

We have three vacant positions with study start 01.09.2023:

PhD position in International Environment and Development Studies - Migration in the Sahel

Application deadline: 22 March2023

PhD position in International Environment and Development Studies – Finance and Rural Development

Application deadline: 11 April 2023

PhD position in International Environment and Development Studies - Sustainable food systems in refugee hosting contexts

Application deadline: 16 April 2023

Job opportunities

Our graduates are employed by both public and private sectors. Some continue in academia, others work in private research foundations, consulting firms or public organisations.

Our graduates, almost without exception, quickly acquire relevant jobs.

Learning outcomes

Noragric PhD graduates are expected to be at the forefront of knowledge in international environment and development studies, and have a systematic understanding of scholarly theories and methods in the field. For more information see below under "study content".

Admission requirements

Master degree: GPA B or better
English proficiency: IELTS 7.0 or better

Study structure

New candidates are expected to start their PhD studies on 1 September.

The first semester is dedicated to compulsory and elective courses. After the compulsory courses are completed and the research proposal is revised and approved, one will start with data collection followed by data analysis, maybe some more data collection and a writing phase.

Each candidate is expected to give at least three semianars about their reseach; a start seminar to present the planned reseach, a midterm seminar for evaluation of progress and a end seminar. The next milestone is the submission of the thesis, which can be a monograf or an article based thesis with and introduction chapter.

The nominal length of PhD studies is 3 years of fulltime studies.

PhD Courses at Noragric and the Faculty of Landscape and Society:

EDS430 Environment and Development Studies by and for PhD students 
EDS415 Qualitative Methods in Development Studies
SDP405 Framing the PhD
SDP406 Academic writing and publishing
SDP415 Theory of science in development and planning studies

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