Profile & activities
Want to know what we're all about? On this page, we've gathered information on our research profile and the disciplines involved in the programme. Here, you will also find information on the studies and the type of activities and networks that await if you join the doctoral programme.
Key research areas

Doctoral Programme in Cognition, Learning, Instruction, and Communication (CLIC) is a multidisciplinary and international doctoral programme. It covers research projects conducted in educational sciences, psychology, in the cognitive sciences, and in speech therapy. This range includes learning and instruction, university pedagogy, work research, developmental psychology, personality psychology and cognitive brain research.

Our research settings are both experimental and epidemiological and the research topics of our doctoral candidates range widely from behavioural science applications in the neurosciences to developmental or personality psychology, from research projects on mental and physical well-being to learning and the use of learning technologies, from human interactions and communication to language and speech research.

CLIC’s doctoral candidates predominantly conduct empirical research in research groups with extensive expertise on the programme’s key research areas.

Research groups

The research groups belonging to the Learning Research and Educational Psychology Research Community are listed here. You can find more information about each group on their websites and research profiles.

Courses & studying

A doctoral degree in the programme comprises of a doctoral thesis and 40 credits of additional studies. The studies are divided into discipline-specific studies, aimed to support your research project, and transferable skills training.

Most of the studies are completed flexibly through means other than traditional coursework: conference presentations, essays, scientific and popular articles, editing work etc. Want to know more? Visit our study planning instructions for current doctoral students at the university's Instructions for Students.

Regular courses at the programme include discipline-specific research seminars, where you get to present your own work, receive feedback and spur on your fellow doctoral researchers.

Courses in research ethics and transferable skills are offered throughout the academic year by the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences.