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General Pedagogy, Social Pedagogy, General Didactics and Disciplinary Didactics

This PhD programme addresses the study of pedagogical and didactic sciences in an interdisciplinary context, providing the necessary skills to face research in the theoretical and empirical-experimental field and promoting the development of innovative application practices.

Course description

The programme responds to the growing need in international research to develop complex interpretations of socio-cultural and educational systems and to deepen conceptual, theoretical and methodological models. The study plan foresees different activities to ensure that PhD students acquire basic epistemological skills, specific didactic and disciplinary skills as well as transversal skills.

Students and professors from different countries, different disciplines and scientific fields guarantee the international and interdisciplinary orientation of the programme.

Over the three-year period, several teaching activities are offered: lectures, practical sessions and seminars that aim to develop and illustrate the programme’s subjects and research areas and to focus on the most recent findings in the education and didactics research sector.

The main teaching areas are philosophy of science, epistemology of related disciplines, research methodology, currrent questions and methods drawn from the international context.

The cycles of compulsory and optional lectures, workshops and seminars (study plan) are defined by the PhD Course Committee at the beginning of the cycle.

At a glance

Duration of the programme: 3 years
Courses will be taught in Italian, German and English
Places available: 7 (6 with scholarship)
Campus: Brixen-Bressanone
Tuition fees: € 167,50 per year

Programme structure

This is a full-time PhD programme and you can choose between three research areas: General Pedagogy, General Didactics and Disciplinary Didactics and Social Pedagogy. The three research areas share modules on research epistemology and on qualitative and quantitative research methods.

During the three years, you will have to take part in diversified teaching activities: a series of introductory lessons, workshops and seminars that illustrate and explore in depth the issues and research fields available in the programme and the most recent developments in education and the social sciences.

Study Plan

Course offering

Fieldwork abroad

During your PhD you are required to spend at least three months abroad. You can choose to split your trip abroad into three stays of at least three consecutive weeks each.

Partner universities and institutions

Our faculty collaborates with many universities and research centres in Italy and abroad. Among our partners, besides the two Euregio universities of Innsbruck and Trento, are also the universities of Vienna, Berlin and Vechta.


PhD Programme Coordinator: Prof. Giulia Cavrini (photo)
Student representative in the Lecturer's Committee: Alessandro Gelmi


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Application and Admission

In order to gain admission to the PhD programme, you will need to have obtained 300 ECTS credit points (master degree) and have some relevant academic experience in the field of the programme. You will also have to demonstrate competence in the languages of the PhD programme with a recognized language certificate and be successful in a public competition (see call of below).

Application deadline: 1 July 2022, 12:00 midday (CEST) (Closed)


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