Doctor of Philosophy Programme Educational Sciences

Curriculum (2009W)

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 Educational Sciences

Qualification Level
Doctorate (Third Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 8, EQR/NQR: Level 8

0111 Education Science

Study Code
UC 094 xxx | UC 794 555 xxx

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Information on the Curriculum (2009W)

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 20 ECTS-CreditsDissertation 150 ECTS-Credits
Research Seminar  5 ECTS-Credits Seminar for Doctoral Students  10 ECTS-Credits  Doctoral Thesis Defense 5 ECTS-Credits The dissertation is a piece of scientific work which – in contrast to a diploma or master’s thesis – serves to prove the student's ability to cope with scientific que stions in an independent way. The dissertation topic must relate directly to educational science specialist fields or demonstrate a close relation to the disciplinary remit of educational sciences. The student has to propose a team of supervisors, consisti ng of at least two people (dissertation committee), and to nominate one of them as main supervisor (holder of venia docendi) It is permissible to propose supervisors (with the exception of the main supervisor) from subject ‐ related fields. In justifiable exceptional cases it is possible for students to propose only one supervisor Prior to beginning the work, the student has to communicate the dissertation topic and names of the supervisors in writing to the Director of Studies. Topic and supervisors are considered as accepted, if the Director of Studies does not veto them by means of a decree within one month after the receipt of the proposal.
Elective Module 10 ECTS-Credits
Completion of two elective modules equal to 10 ECTS-Credits.
Compulsory Modules 50 ECTS-CreditsDissertation 115 ECTS-Credits
Research Workshop 15 ECTS-Credits Generic Skills 10 ECTS-Credits Theory and Method 10 ECTS-Credits Teaching Project 5 ECTS-Credits Conferences and Congresses 5 ECTS-Credits Doctoral Thesis Defense 5 ECTS-Credits The dissertation is a piece of scientific work which – in contrast to a diploma thesis or master‘s thesis – serves to testify to the student's capacity for independent scholarly work. The dissertation topic must relate directly to educational science specialist fields or demonstrate a close relation to the disciplinary remit of educational sciences. 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.
Elective Module 15 ECTS-Credits
Completion of one elective module equal to 15 ECTS-Credits.

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Doctor of Philosophy Programme Educational Sciences is grouped among the humanities and cultural sciences. Graduates are able to conduct theoretical and empirical research in educational science. They contribute to the analysis and conception of problems in educational contexts, work on further developing issues and publish nationally and internationally. Furthermore, they acquire the qualifications to teach in the educational sciences and to act in other educational capacities in organisations and institutions. This includes, for example, leading teams, planning and analysing work processes and the ability to develop, conduct and evaluate educational measures and programmes.

The core competence of graduates is seen in authoring scientific work that meets the international standards of peer-reviewed publications, using the theories and methods of the field productively, organising scientific forums, discussing findings from special fields, speaking to academic audiences and interested laypeople, and in additional qualifications that promote the involvement in local, regional, national and international research networks.

Expected Learning Outcomes for the Doctorate

Graduates are qualified junior academics. They have mastered the methods applied in research in their area and are capable of critically discussing, analyzing, and further developing theories. Junior academics possess the competence to develop and conduct substantial research projects with scientific integrity, and they are qualified to reflect on these processes scientifically and theoretically. They are also aware of issues and questions in gender research.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The occupational fields of graduates of the doctoral degree programme include universities, research institutes, post-secondary educational institutions, research departments of private and public institutions, interest groups and NGOs, psychosocial facilities, and various areas within educational institutions, such as politics, media, representation and administration.

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 63.7= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 25
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 8.4
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 2.9
 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
Standort Innrain 52d

Associate Dean of Studies
Dr. phil. habil. Petra Reinhartz
(Recognitions for Students with initial letter A - M)

Dr. Peter Münte

(Recognitions for Students with initial letter N - Z)

Dean of Studies
Assoz. Prof. Ulrich Leitner

Information for students with disabilities

Information about the Programme (in German only)

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