Studieplan - Ph.d.-studiet Studium av danning og didaktiske praksisar

Kull Hausten 2020


The program is a full-time study, structured to be completed within a normal timeframe of 3 years. For candidates appointed for a four-year period with a 25% work duty, the programme is distributed over four years. The programme consists of a training component and a research component. It is made up of a training component worth 30 ECTS and a research component worth 150 ECTS, and which ends with the disputation. The training component consists of three compulsory courses which will provide the foundation for work on the thesis:

  1. Bildung and pedagogical practices which span the subject field of the programme.
  2. Academic theory, ethics and academic writing in general, but in particular, aimed at the PhD study’s topic.
  3. Research methodology and design which provides basic insights into ways of organising and conducting specific studies.

In addition to these compulsory courses, students must choose a minimum of one of the elective courses offered. All elective courses are organised towards the programme’s issues concerning the topic of the various connections between bildung and pedagogical practices, as these are played out within different spaces or professional areas.

The training component (30 ECTS)

The training component consists of three compulsory courses and a minimum of one elective course and will qualify the student to conduct studies about bildung and pedagogical practices. It should contribute to theoretical, empirical and methodological/ethical competence in conducting research that the PhD programme represents, and also, more generally, competence in conducting and assessing other research. Collectively, it will provide the students with a necessary shared academic foundation based on the PhD programme’s profile, and will ensure that they have the necessary methodological knowledge and skills required to complete the research component. See the education plan for a list of the courses.

For equivalent topics taken at other institutions, the programme committee at HVL will assess these for approval and decide how many ECTS can be accredited. The course "Bildung and pedagogical practices" represents the programme’s throughgoing theme. This must be taken in full at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and cannot be replaced with other topics. Overall, at least 15 ECTS of the training component must be earned at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

The research component (150 ECTS)

The thesis constitutes the principle component of the programme. The thesis must be an independent, academic work that meets international standards with regard to ethical requirements, academic level and methods within the field of study. It should contribute to the development of new knowledge and be at a level which warrants its publication as part of the field’s academic literature.

The thesis can consist of a monograph or a collection of several smaller pieces of work. If the thesis is composed of several smaller pieces of work, the connection between them must be accounted for.

If written work has been created in collaboration with other authors, the PhD candidate should adhere to the norms of co-authorship that are widely accepted in the academic environment and in compliance with international standards. If the thesis consists mainly of articles, the candidate should normally be the first author of at least half of the articles. In theses where several authors contribute to the work, a signed declaration must be included describing the candidate's contribution to the individual work tasks.

Provisions regarding the dissertation are found in Section 10 of the regulations.


While working on the thesis, students have the right to up to 200 hours supervision. These hours of supervision include preparations, conversations with the PhD student, and post-work sessions. Supervisor duties and rights are governed by Section 7 of the regulations.

The principal supervisor will normally be from the university itself and have the formal responsibility in relation to the student's educational relationship. Students may apply to have a co-supervisor from another institution in cases where there is a need for specialist expertise. If the principal supervisor is external, the co-supervisor should be affiliated with HVL. The internal supervisor keeps in touch with students and their progression and ensures that the PhD student is integrated in the research community within the institution.