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Educational Sciences, Ph.D.

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University rank #1022 (BCR) Stavanger, Norway
The PhD in Educational Sciences is a doctoral programme at the Faculty of Arts and Education from University of Stavanger. The programme is run in close collaboration with the PhD programme in Literacy at the same faculty. 


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 programme 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The PhD in Special Education was anchored in three key thematic areas: Social and emotional difficulties, Reading and writing difficulties and Inclusive Education. The transition to PhD in Educational Sciences marks and creates possibilities for new thematic areas such as Kindergarten Education, Teachers’ and Preschool Teachers' Professional Knowledge, Sports and Didactics.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Admission to the PhD programme normally requires applicants to have a five-year master's degree, see descriptions of the national qualification framework second cycle.
  • The applicant must have a strong academic background. 
  • The grade for the thesis and the weighted average grade of the Master's programme, must both separately equal B or better.
  • Applicants with a background from other disciplines than those approved by the faculty for admission to the study, or with a weaker grade basis, can be admitted by special assessment. 

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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