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Literacy Studies, Ph.D.

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University rank #1022 (BCR) Stavanger, Norway
Literacy Studies is the study of individual and social use of text, together with cultural, linguistic and social change processes that are a consequence of or related to such use. Join this Literacy Studies programme from University of Stavanger to learn more.
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The Literacy Studies programme from University of Stavanger  is administered by the Faculty of Arts and Education. Organizationally, the programme is attached to the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, but is run in close co-operation with the National Centre for Reading Education and Research. 

The term Literacy Studies refers to the use and impact aspects of written and textual culture. This implies that attention will be focused on the role of reading in textual culture, i.e., how texts help to regulate understanding of communication, the underlying processes behind reading activity, what change processes take place and what skills a person must master in order to be able to take part in the communication.

In all contexts, reading is considered to be an important prerequisite for satisfactory participation in productive activity and cultural and social life. Competent use of text and textual orientation are fundamental for planning and executing tasks in modern society. In countries with a highly educated population, such as Norway, the majority of people with a higher education work in private or public services. The study of reading highlights the quality of such services and what conditions are required for the services to function. It is important to study technological, social, aesthetic and political factors through various academic perspectives.

Instruction component

The instruction component shall include the academic and methodical training required to carry out work on the dissertation.

The component includes courses amounting to a minimum of 30 credits. At least 10 of these credits shall include course(s) in philosophy of science and ethics at the relevant level. The faculties may determine additional regulations for the contents of the instruction component.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Core areas

  • Reading and writing in society and history
  • Reading and interpretation
  • Reading and writing development
  • Writing systems

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • You also need to fulfil the set requirements for previous education (in order to be admitted to a PhD programme applicants typically need to have a five year Master’s degree with an average grade weighted at B or better).

  • Applicants must also write a good project description that falls within the subject area of one of our programmes.
  • Only applications signed by the applicant’s main supervisor will be considered in full. Applicants who have not found a supervisor at the time of application, but fulfil the remaining requirements for admission, may submit their application form as a preliminary application.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Stavanger

  • 10497 - 15900 NOK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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