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Didactics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #60 (ARWU) Aarhus, Denmark
The PhD Didactics programme at Aarhus University focuses on the analysis of practice and policy in education, in particular of aim, content, form, organization and performance of learning, teaching and professional development in school and pre-school settings, and analysis of school development and of teacher education.
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  • Research on subject specific (e.g. mathematics) and area specific (e.g. health and sustainable development) teaching and learning in institutionalized settings at all educational levels forms an important part of the programme.
  • Furthermore research on workplace learning; career guidance and counselling; and adult and vocational education is central in the programme. Other public services within e.g. the health and environment sectors, the non-governmental public sector and the private sector are also objects of study both in relation to formal and informal learning and teaching.
  • The programme thus emphasizes the acquisition of research skills, including skills in dissemination of research, and the importance of a critical understanding of research and methods, as well as of the implications of research for policy and practice.
Affiliated centres/departments:
  • The programme is placed within the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, which is the hub of research on education in Denmark. The department has a trans-disciplinary organization with research and courses across the various areas of research on education.
Examples of employment after graduation:
  • Graduates often find employment in the formal public education and research sector, hereunder in universities, in other public services such as health, or in the private sector. The programme enables graduates to respond to professional research responsibilities that include commissioning, evaluating, administering and designing research relating to different aspects of educational provision.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
    • Danish
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The Didactics programme from Aarhus University engages with a wide range of research approaches grounded in research traditions from didactics and curriculum studies, and from the various forms of educational research inspired by sociological, philosophical and psychological disciplines. 
  • Among the courses and fields of PhD supervision provided within the programme are subject didactics and curriculum studies, the various research methods in educational research, including qualitative and quantitative methods and methods for research synthesis, and the philosophy and methodology of educational research as a human and social science.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • The most important part of the application for admission to a PhD degree programme at the Faculty of Arts is your own project description. The project description explains the research project you propose to conduct as a PhD student in some detail, and it outlines the research plan.
  • The Graduate School of Arts offers two degree programmes, the 5+3 and the 4+4 programmes. One of the programmes is aimed at students who have not yet completed a Master’s degree (the 4+4 programme), while the other aims at applicants who have completed their Master’s degree (the 5+3 programme).

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Aarhus

  • 6639 - 10060 DKK/month
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At the Faculty of Arts there are two different types of PhD scholarships. Your previous education decides which type of scholarship you can apply for:
  • The 3-year PhD fellowships which you are enrolled in after completing a MA
  • The 4-year PhD scholarships which you are enrolled in after completing a BA and 60 ECTS of a master's programme.

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