Doctoral Programme PhD Education

Curriculum (2015W)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Teacher Education

Qualification Level
Doctorate (Third Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 8, EQF/NQF: Level 8 

0110 Education not further defined 

Study Code
UC 794 056 xxx

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Information on the Curriculum (2015W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies
available at:
Section: Current curriculum version


Relevant master's or diploma degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

With the exception of § 64 par. 5 UG 2002, the general university entrance qualification for admission to a doctoral programme shall be demonstrated by the completion of a relevant diploma programme or master's programme or another relevant programme of at least the same level of higher education at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution. To compensate for substantial subject-related differences, supplementary examinations may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the doctoral degree programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the doctoral degree programme.

Modules and Dissertation

Compulsory Modules 25 ECTS-CreditsDissertation 150 ECTS-Credits
Subject-Specific and Research-Based Skills 5 ECTS-Credits Scientific Basics/Core Skills of the Thesis Topic  5 ECTS-Credits Interdisciplinary Seminar for Doctoral Students 5 ECTS-Credits Participation in Academic Discourse  5 ECTS-Credits Doctoral Thesis Defense 5 ECTS-Credits Elective Modules Generic Skills  5 ECTS-Credits Interdisciplinary Research Workshop 5 ECTS-Credits The dissertation is a scientific piece of work which serves to prove the student's ability to cope with scientific questions in an independent way. The dissertation topic must be chosen from the field of school pedagogics, Educational Research, Subject Didactics or Religious Education. It is the responsibility of Ph.D. candidates to propose a team of supervisors (dissertation committee) comprising at least two persons, and to nominate one of these as the main supervisor. With the exception of the main supervisor, committee members may come from other and related disciplines. In justifiable and exceptional cases it is possible for Ph.D. candidates to propose a single supervisor. Before beginning work on the thesis project, Ph.D. candidates must submit written confirmation of the proposed supervisor/s to the University of Innsbruck Director of Studies. The thesis topic and the committee of supervisors are considered to have been accepted if the above‐named Director of Studies does not issue a formal rebuttal within one month following the receipt of the proposal.

Qualification Profile and Skills

Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy Programme Education have a systematic understanding of their research discipline and master the scientific research methods applied in this field.

The qualifications acquired during the study programme enable graduates to use their professional skills in scientific and non-scientific fields in order to develop school and teaching as well as to qualify and professionalize the staff in schools and school authorities and thus to contribute to social progress in education. They are prepared for teaching and research activities at universities and other post-secondary education and research institutions.

Graduates have the necessary skills to independently design and implement important research projects with scientific integrity, and they are qualified to reflect these processes in terms of science theory and oriented towards the respective practical experience.

Graduates have the competence to discuss interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary with other disciplines contributing to the development of school, teaching and educational system. They are able to adapt their expertise to rapidly changing requirements.

By presenting an original scientific work, graduates have made their own contribution to research which expands the limits of knowledge and withstands an external, national or international evaluation by scientists. They identify scientific issues and independently and critically analyse them based on adequate investigation instruments.

The programme is completed by a dissertation, supervised by a team of supervisors and the final examination before an examination board. The title “Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)” is awarded.

Expected Learning Outcomes

The graduates are qualified junior scientists. They master the methods used in research in this field and are able to critically discuss, analyse and develop them. They have the competence to independently devise and carry out substantial research projects with scientific integrity and are qualified to reflect these processes in terms of scientific theory.

Future prospects: Occupational fields and career opportunities

Graduates of the Doctoral Programme in Education hold positions in research and in education. The qualifications acquired during the doctoral programme enable the graduates to use their expertise in scientific and non-scientific fields of work and thus to contribute to social progress in education.

The professional fields of activity after completing a doctoral programme are at universities, research institutions, colleges of education and other post-secondary education institutions, research departments of private and public institutions, educational institutions and school authorities.

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table  is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading  scheme Definition  %-age
 1 EXCELLENT:  Outstanding performance 19= 100%
 2 GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 29.9
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 27.9
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria23.2
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Location Innrain 52d

Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Ammann

Informations for students with disabilities
Disability Office

Information about the Programme (in German only)

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