Doctor of Philosophy Programme Educational Sciences

Faculty Faculty of Education
Duration / ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Qualification Level
Doctorate (Third Cycle)
ISCED-F 0111 Education Science
Mode of Study
Full-Time
Study Code
C 094 xxx | C 794 555 xxx
Curriculum
Information on the Curriculum (2009W) *
Admission Requirements
Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent
Application


* 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: http://orawww.uibk.ac.at/public/lfuonline_meinestudien.studienblatt
  Section: Current Curriculum version

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

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.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

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
60,3

= 100%

 2

 GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
27,1
 3  SATISFACTORY:
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
9,3
 4  SUFFICIENT:
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
3,3
 5  INSUFFICIENT:
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
     


Source: Academic year 2016/2017

 

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded, in accordance with § 73 Para 3 UA, 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).

Requirements

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


Criteria for the determination of equivalence:

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy programme Educational Sciences requires a university (diploma or) master's degree in a thematically relevant field. Master's or diploma degrees awarded by universities of applied sciences ("Fachhochschulen") are considered on an individual basis.

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the doctoral degree programme.

Modules and Dissertation

  

Compulsory Modules
20 ECTS-Credits
Dissertation
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 and Dissertation until summersemester 2015 »

 
Compulsory Modules
50 ECTS-Credits
Dissertation
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 the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Dean of Studies
Mag. Dr. Irene Berkel

Associate Dean of Studies 
Dr. phil. habil. Petra Reinhartz
(Recognitions for Students with initial letter A - M)
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Friederike Rothe
(Recognitions for Students with initial letter N - Z)

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