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

The goal of the Doctoral Programme in School, Education, Society and Culture (SEDUCE) is to enable its doctoral students to acquire the expert knowledge to carry out research in the areas of education, school, teaching, and learning. The programme is multidisciplinary and focuses on various research fields of the educational sciences, for example, education from early education to adult education and work research, home economics, craft studies, special education, multicultural education, and subject education.

The research conducted by doctoral candidates of SEDUCE is concentrated in two research areas:

Schooling, Education, Society and Culture covers topics of political, historical and social formation of the educational system, policy-making, social justice, equality as well as intercultural perspectives in teacher education, and educational and work settings.

School Pedagogy, Learning, and Interaction includes studies related to curriculum, subject didactics and learning difficulties. Research topics also focus on school development, teacher development, and digital learning environments. It also covers topics of collaboration and interaction in learning and educational practices in a wide variety of formal and non-formal contexts throughout the life span.

Both research areas focus on pressing contemporary issues in education like sustainability in teaching, learning, educational institutions and educational systems.

Research communities

The Doctoral Programme in School, Education, Society and Culture is based at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, which houses many types of research organisations, including research units, centres, projects and groups. The faculty's umbrella organisation for all other groupings are eight research communities.

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.