Doctoral School in Educational Sciences, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Semester)
    Tuition (Semester)
  • English, French, German
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Modern societies are characterized by social, cultural and linguistic diversity and therefore pose specific challenges to educational systems. The interdisciplinary Doctoral School in Educational Sciences at the University of Luxembourg is dedicated to the development of excellent researchers who analyze those challenges using historical, sociological, psychological, and educational theories and methods.


They will be able to shape theoretical innovations, political reforms, and practical developments. Based on Luxembourg’s multicultural location, as one of the capital cities of the European Union, and at the intersection of French and German speaking worlds, a decidedly international perspective is pursued in all activities.

Combining historical, educational and cultural analysis with sociology, psychology, and sociolinguistics, the Doctoral School in Educational Sciences at the University of Luxembourg covers all relevant disciplines involved in contemporary research on education. With the special focus on the challenges facing societies today, our doctoral candidates develop the knowledge, principles, and skills needed to analyze educational programs, policies, and practices. After completing their doctoral work, the Doctoral School’s graduates go on to serve in the academy, in educational policy or in educational organizations at all levels.

The Doctoral School offers an ambitious international and interdisciplinary postgraduate program leading to a PhD in Education, History, Sociology, Psychology, and Linguistics. To cover this disciplinary breadth, three different research programs are offered.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    20 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in French
    • Partially taught in German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The Doctoral School in Educational Sciences not only provides space for conducting individual research, but also differentiates three different training levels:

  • On the first level, doctoral candidates are introduced to international developments in the three respective programs.
  • On the second level, disciplinary knowledge is extended through regular participation in the colloquium organized for all Doctoral School dissertators.
  • On the third level, doctoral candidates practice their skills in specific courses (e.g., on academic publishing or languages) and workshops (e.g., devoted to improving writing and presenting) (transferable skills).

Preferred language competences are English, German, and / or French. English is the main, but not the only course language.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Academic Requirements

Interested candidates should:

  • have successfully completed university studies in academic disciplines relevant for the research in the educational field (Master or equivalent).
  • have achieved above-average results in prior studies.
  • be multilingual.
  • have international experience.
  • be committed to interdisciplinary research.

Interviews will provide an opportunity to discuss interests, qualifications, knowledge, and experiences as well as answer questions about the Doctoral School’s various programs and the Faculty’s diverse research projects.

According to the regulations of the University of Luxembourg, admission is subject to the official approval by the University President.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 200 International
  • EUR 200 National
  • Registration fees: €200/semester


A Ph.D. can be earned at the University of Luxembourg with or without financial aid. Ph.D. candidates are advised to discuss the matter with their dissertation supervisor as soon as possible. The list of funding sources below is not exhaustive, incidentally.

Funding at the University of Luxembourg

The Ph.D. candidate

  • Commits to the University of Luxembourg by signing a fixed-term contract of employment for an initial of 14 months extendable up to 3-4 years at the rate of 40 hours per week;
  • Is placed under the supervision of a professor;
  • Must provide 1 to 3 hours of teaching per week;
  • Devotes more than 80% of his time to research activities.


  • The candidate applied successfully for a Ph.D. offer financed by the university which was published on the university’s employment portal

Research training grant ("Aide à la Formation Recherche" (AFR))

The Ph.D. candidate

  • Applies for “Research training grant” from the National Research Fund. Applications can be submitted twice a year on
  • Applies for a fellowship or for a contract of employment with the university
  • Is placed under the supervision of a professor
  • Devotes more than 80% of his time to research – a teaching activity is desirable.


  • The candidate applied successfully for a Ph.D. offer funded by “research training grant” which was published on the university’s employment portal
  • The candidate submitted his dissertation topic to a dissertation supervisor who accepted it

“Third-party” funding

  • The Ph.D. student is “sponsored” by a third organisation (companies, public research centres, etc.) which funds his research
  • This funding can be formalised by an agreement with the University of Luxembourg
  • The Ph.D. student devotes more than 90% of his time to research


  • The Ph.D. student has chosen his topic and is working in a company or a research institution.


The Ph.D. candidate

  • Finances his dissertation with his own funds
  • Does not sign a contract of employment with the University of Luxembourg
  • Devotes all his “free” time to his research project
  • Is placed under the supervision of a professor
  • Ph.D. students with an occupation are in general enrolled as part-time students


  • The candidate has chosen his dissertation topic

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