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Why choose this PhD programme?

As a candidate on our PhD programme, you will receive an education of a high international calibre. The organized research training qualifies you for a career in academia or in other areas that require expertise in the field of educational sciences.

As a candidate on our PhD programme, you will be part of a stimulating research environment and will join internationally-oriented research groups.

Brief information about the programme

The PhD programme consists of an independent work of research with a doctoral thesis and an educational component. The nominal duration of the programme is three years of full-time research, with the educational component consisting of six months’ work.

The educational component consists of compulsory and elective topics. Active participation in seminars and conferences is expected.

Completion of the programme requires integration and participation in an active research environment, collaboration with other researchers and affiliation with relevant national and international research networks.

Candidates receive close follow-up and academic supervision, but must take responsibility for planning and carrying out the thesis work.

The organized research training at the Faculty of Educational Sciences (UV) is set up as a single PhD programme, and covers the programme options Education, Special Needs Education and Subject Didactics.

Brief information about admission

If you want to apply for a position as a doctoral research fellow or apply for admission with funding from an external employer, we require that:

  • you can demonstrate good results and completion skills from a Master's degree in a relevant subject
  • you write a project description in accordance with applicable norms
  • your independent PhD project is relevant to the Faculty's research

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The learning and working environment

The Faculty's doctoral research fellows are part of a large and welcoming community, and all candidates are affiliated with active research environments at the departments. You have the opportunity to participate in research groups together with researchers of all ages. These research groups are an important arena for sharing knowledge and obtaining feedback on one's own research work, and provide an important gateway to the role of researcher.

Participation in external courses and conferences is also a key part of the organized research training, and gives candidates the opportunity to make contacts and build networks.

Overseas stays

All PhD candidates are encouraged to spend time abroad for short or extended periods. This allows them to collect data and conduct field work or travel to receive supervision or other academic follow-up at another university.

Overseas stays at prestigious international universities provide inspiration and help establish valuable contacts with a view to future research collaboration.

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Job opportunities after completing a PhD

With a PhD from the Faculty of Educational Sciences, you can pursue a further career as a researcher or a career in other professions requiring a high level of knowledge and competence.

PhD work allows you to develop skills that are of great importance to different areas of working life:

  • the ability to formulate research questions and plan research and development work
  • written and verbal dissemination
  • analytical and critical thinking, and result and solution-oriented thinking
  • project planning and the ability to work under pressure
  • the ability to see new possibilities and perspectives
  • work with complex interdisciplinary questions
  • the ability to perform ethical assessments in the field

Graduates from the Faculty of Educational Sciences can work in the higher education sector, the institute sector, centres of excellence and central government, to name but a few.

Published Apr. 22, 2015 8:22 AM - Last modified Nov. 3, 2022 8:49 AM