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General Pedagogy, Social Pedagogy, General Didactics and Disciplinary Didactics

This PhD programme addresses the study of pedagogical and didactic sciences in an interdisciplinary context, providing the necessary skills to face research in the theoretical and empirical-experimental field and promoting the development of innovative application practices.

Course description

The programme responds to the growing need in international research to develop complex interpretations of socio-cultural and educational systems and to deepen conceptual, theoretical and methodological models. The study plan foresees different activities to ensure that PhD students acquire basic epistemological skills, specific didactic and disciplinary skills as well as transversal skills.

Students and professors from different countries, different disciplines and scientific fields guarantee the international and interdisciplinary orientation of the programme.

At a glance

Duration of the course: 3 years
Courses will be taught in Italian, German and English
Places covered by grants: 5
Places without grants: 1
Campus: Brixen-Bressanone
Tuition fees: € 164,50 per year

Structure of the course

This is a full-time PhD programme and you can choose between three research areas: General Pedagogy, General Didactics and Disciplinary Didactics and Social Pedagogy. The three research areas share modules on research epistemology and on qualitative and quantitative research methods.

During the three years, you will have to take part in diversified teaching activities: a series of introductory lessons, workshops and seminars that illustrate and explore in depth the issues and research fields available in the programme and the most recent developments in education and the social sciences.

Fieldwork abroad

During your PhD you are required to spend at least three months abroad. You can choose to split your trip abroad into three stays of at least three consecutive weeks each.

Study Plan

Partner universities and institutions

Our faculty collaborates with many universities and research centres in Italy and abroad. Among our partners, besides the two Euregio universities of Innsbruck and Trento, are also the universities of Vienna, Toledo and Bielefeld.


PhD Programme Coordinator: Prof. Giulia Cavrini (photo)
Student representative in the Lecturer's Committee: Francesca Vergani


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In order to gain admission to the PhD programme, you will need to have obtained 300 ECTS credit points (Master degree) and have some relevant academic experience in the field of the programme. You will also have to demonstrate competence in at least two of the three languages of the PhD programme: Italian, German, English and be successful in a public competition (see call of 2020 below).


Application: from 25 May to 13 July 2020


Contact us by phone at +39 0471 012800 or send us an e-mail:

Admission interview

The admission interview will take place online on 22 and 23 July at 8.30 am

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