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Educational Sciences, Ph.D.

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University rank #1022 (BCR) Stavanger, Norway
The PhD in Educational Sciences from University of Stavanger is run in close collaboration with the PhD programme in Literacy at the same faculty. 
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Educational Science is a multidisciplinary scientific field. With its breadth and complexity, it can accommodate a range of educational disciplines and sub-disciplines. Additionally, it also covers educational research, which is anchored in both the social sciences - notably psychology and sociology – and the humanities.

Educational Sciences encompasses research on learning, teaching and education within various social institutions. Questions related to learning / teaching / education in kindergartens, schools, families, areas of leisure and workplaces are relevant areas for knowledge development in this scientific field. As a result, the doctoral programme is open for a wide spectrum of PhD projects.

The PhD in Educational Sciences from University of Stavanger is managed by the Department of Education and Sports Science, but runs in close collaboration with departments and centers at the faculty. The PhD in Educational Sciences is a result of the faculty’s wish to further develop the currently defunct PhD programme in Special Education.

In addition to the individual research projects conducted at the faculty, research at the faculty is organized into different programme areas, which provide support to the faculty’s doctoral programmes. Researchers from the various programme areas contribute to the PhD programme in Educational Sciences through their participation in seminars and courses, and also by their supervision of PhD candidates.

Instruction component for Educational Sciences

The instruction component must amount to at least 30 credits, divided as follows:Philosophy of science (10 credits), research methods (10 credits, qualitative and/or quantitative) and subject-specific courses (10 credits). Five of the ten credits in the subject-specific component may be chosen among subject-specific courses in the current curriculum, or the candidate may attend courses at other institutions following an approval by the PhD committee.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Key thematic areas:

  • Social and emotional difficulties, 
  • Reading and writing difficulties 
  • Inclusive Education

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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