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Doctoral School Teaching Methodology

Course outline, qualifications and competences

The doctoral programme School Teaching Methodology provides a top-quality scientific education, reflecting international standards. This programme focuses on teaching and learning skills, thinking patterns, methods and competences in any one subject. These include cultural, social, societal and individual influencing factors in teaching and learning contexts. Students learn how to prepare and convey specialist knowledge for target groups, to support and motivate their students and to analyse teaching and learning methods. Since the subject of research makes use of various subject-related theories, empiricism and communication practices, using interdisciplinary approaches and methods will be a key element of teaching methodology research. In their doctoral thesis, students learn to independently master new scientific questions from the perspective of pedagogy, didactics and interdisciplinarity. The doctoral programme promotes students’ development of specific scientific working methods. They generate 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. In addition to subject-specific knowledge, students further develop interdisciplinary key qualifications when writing their doctoral thesis (project and time management, troubleshooting skills and flexibility).

Expected results

Graduates of the doctoral programme School Teaching Methodology will be highly qualified junior researchers with a broad scope of specialist and methodological skills, which they can apply to specific questions. They will be able to deal with didactical problems in educational facilities (schools, universities, universities of applied sciences, adult education, centres for lifelong education, etc.) on an independent and high level. Due to their ability to reflect, analyse and assess teaching and learning processes as well as to conduct innovative and independent 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
UB 794 055 xxx
Inter-faculty study programme
type of study programme
Qualification level
PhD (3rd study cycle)
Appropriate diploma or master’s programme or equivalent


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