Ph.D. On Campus

Learning and Education

Aarhus University

36 months
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The programme in Learning and Education from Aarhus University is concerned with processes of learning and becoming in a wide variety of formal and informal educational settings as well as with the organizational, political, economical, social, cultural, scientific, philosophical and historical contexts in which educationally relevant relations and processes are embedded.


The PhD Learning and Education programme from Aarhus University covers a multidimensional research area, ranging from educational research to interdisciplinary approaches (such as sociological, historical, anthropological, ethnographic, psychological, and philosophical perspectives).

Central to the academic scope of the programme is empirically based basic research, and analytical theory and methodology. PhD students within the programme are engaged in both basic philosophical and analytical research questions, and with innovative and interventions-oriented research. The programme thus takes interest in synergies between studies focused on theory development, methodological refinements and empirically based analyses of educational, learning, social and subjective phenomena.

Ranging from politics of education and school management to processes of becoming among pre- schoolers and special education, epistemological and philosophical approaches to education and learning, history of education, and studies of politics of knowledge, diversity and intercultural studies this programme covers a range of perspectives, but all with a shared interest in genuine theoretical and methodological reflexivity, and empirically based analytical research questions.

The programme offers a selection of courses and seminars. It works in close collaboration with the national doctoral training network in education and offers a national doctoral summer school event.The programme collaborates with a number of international partners, including agreements on summer schools and on PhD student mobility.

Research facilities available

The programme is placed within the Department of Education (DPU), Aarhus University which is the hub of research on education in Denmark.

The National Library of Education at Department of Education holds the main national collection in the fields of: learning, didactics and educational science, educational systems, educational psychology, psychology of children and adolescents, and children's literature.

Examples of employment after graduation

The research programme is aimed at advancing research. Many graduates will pursue university research careers within the fields related to their PhD projects. Others find employment in the public educational sector, other public services, NGO’s or in the private sector. The programme enables graduates to respond to professional responsibilities that include, evaluation, administration, policy work and research design related to different aspects of education.

International cooperation

The programme collaborates with a number of international partners, including agreements on summer schools and on PhD student mobility.

Programme Structure

Mandatory courses for PhD students enrolled at Graduate School, Arts:

  • PhD supervision for PhD students at Arts
  • University teaching for PhD students
  • Integrity and Ethics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

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

Living costs for Aarhus

6639 - 10051 DKK /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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