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Interdisciplinary doctoral programme - Faculty of Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education

Course outline, qualifications and competences

The interdisciplinary doctoral programme of Philosophy at the Faculty of Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education (URBI) provides students with a scientific education that reflects high international standards. The programme combines natural and social sciences, conveying knowledge and methodological skills necessary for working between and with various disciplines. In their doctoral thesis, students learn to independently master new scientific questions. They acquire new knowledge and widen their methodological competences in a compulsory subject, in which they also write their doctoral thesis, as well as in an elective course. This doctoral programme promotes students’ development of subject-specific scientific working methods. It includes the following focuses: Theories, doctrines and forms of thought of various disciplines, researching and working between disciplines, practice and interdisciplinarity of empirical methods and approaches. Due to their exchange with the scientific community (in lectures, special congresses and in scientific journals) and the necessity of including interdisciplinary perspectives, doctoral students acquire skills in written and oral knowledge transfer as well as in co-operative networking. In addition to subject-specific skills, students further develop interdisciplinary key qualifications while writing their doctoral thesis (project and time management, troubleshooting and flexibility).

Expected results

Graduates of the interdisciplinary doctoral programme from the Faculty of Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education, are highly qualified junior researchers with a broad scope of specialist and methodological skills, which they can apply to specific questions. They are able to critically analyse, evaluate and connect complex ideas as well as deal with problems relating to nature and society using interdisciplinary approaches and methods of analysis. Due to their ability to conduct independent and innovative research, they will be able to substantially contribute to an (inter)national knowledge economy.


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University degree
Doctor of Philosophy „PhD“
6 semesters
(CP = credit points)
Teaching language
Index number
B 794 690 xxx
Faculty of Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education
type of study programme
Qualification level
Doctorate (3rd study cycle)
Appropriate diploma or master’s programme or equivalent


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