4 February 2016

Pre-qualification process for the Consortium for language and subject matter didactics in primary and lower secondary school

Pre-qualification process for the Consortium for language and subject matter didactics in primary and lower secondary school with regard to the PhD Council’s PhD scholarships within educational research 2016

The Consortium for language and subject matter didactics invites applications for the pre-qualification process, which aims at selecting a number of applications to submit to the PhD council’s PhD scholarships within educational research.

The application deadline for submitting applications to the Consortium is 5 April 2016.

The PhD projects must focus on practice-relevant research in the Danish primary and lower secondary school with a view to improving the learning outcome for all pupils.

The PhD projects must be related to or focus on at least one of the following areas:

  • Subject matter didactics
  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration to promote learning
  • evaluation of learning
  • management of learning in a goal-orientated curriculum
  • the intercultural aspect of language studies
  • issues related to language acquisition, literacy training and other didactic areas, e.g. literary didactics and/or translation

The projects must focus on either language or subject matter didactics. Applications regarding language didactics must fall within the scope of Danish, Danish as a second language, German, French, and English. Applications regarding subject matter didactics must fall within the scope of music, art, history or religion.

In addition to the general requirements of a project proposal, the following criteria should be considered by applicants:

  • Thorough and profound ethical considerations in connection with the project, in particular with a view to the consequences for the parties involved (see the Danish Code of Conduct for Research Integrity).
  • A brief description of the project's foundation in both the university research environment as well as the academic environment of the university college
  • A timetable and activity plan for the project with an indication of milestones and success criteria, including participation in conferences and studies abroad
  • A thorough explanation of how the stay abroad will be integrated into the main project.
  • A plan for knowledge transfer through education, knowledge dissemination and development activities for research and practice. The plan must include an explanation of how the knowledge created in the project will benefit the primary and lower secondary school.

For further information, please see the PhD Council’s call for applications.

The Process

The reason behind the pre-qualification process is that it is a prerequisite in order to apply for the PhD Council’s PhD scholarships within educational research that the PhD project must be prepared in collaboration with at least one university and one university college (consortium). Applicants who have been successful in the pre-qualification process and found eligible to enroll in the PhD school may apply for the PhD Council’s PhD scholarships with an affiliation to the Consortium for language and subject matter didactics.

The pre-qualification is handled by relevant researchers from the university’s and the university colleges’ research and knowledge communities. For further information, please see the Consortium’s homepage.

When evaluating the proposed PhD projects, the following will be taken into consideration; originality, choice of theory and method, disciplinary relevance, and prospects for completion within the required timeframe of 36 months, together with the proposed PhD projects’ relevance to the focus areas of the Consortium, and how the projects are related to the research activities and the academic profile of the collaboration between the Faculty of Humanities and the university college in question. Furthermore, evaluation will emphasize if it is possible for the proposed project to be affiliated with a relevant research environment and thus offered relevant supervision. 

About the Consortium

The Consortium was established in 2013 and consists of the University of Copenhagen (Faculty of Humanities, HUM), University College UCC and University College Metropol. Furthermore, VIA University Collage (VIA) is affiliated with the Consortium as an associate partner.

For more information on the Consortium, please see the Consortium’s homepage.

Application procedure

Applicants need to hold a two-year Master's degree (120 ECTS) or the equivalent within the field of language or subject matter didactics. Applicants must have submitted their thesis at the time of application, to the extent the thesis forms part of their Master program. In case you have not obtained your diploma by the application deadline, you must include a statement (pre-approval) from your university that declares that you have been awarded the Master’s degree.

The following enclosures to the application must be submitted:

  • A copy of the applicant's Master's degree diploma and Bachelor degree diploma
  • A copy of the applicant's transcript of records
  • If the MA diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, Danish, French, German, Norwegian, or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application.
  • Documentation of English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS test). (You may find more information below.)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Project proposal (must not exceed 12,000 characters. For further information see below)

Do not upload ZIP files and do not submit any publications, recommendations, cover letters or your Master thesis.

The Faculty will dismiss applications, which do not adhere to the formal requirements.

Diploma and transcript of records

The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts may be made by or approved by either:

  • a state-authorized translator and interpreter
  • the embassy or consulate of the country where the original document was issued or where the translation was made
  • a Danish consulate/embassy

The PhD administration encourages applicants from within the EU to enclose a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement is part of a common European framework for transparency of competencies and qualifications – the EuroPass framework. Read more about Diploma Supplements

Applicants with a non-Danish Master's degree will have their degree assessed by The Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalisation in order to establish, if the Master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree. Read more at the website of The Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalisation

Project proposal requirements 

Please note that the research proposal must not exceed 12,000 characters in Microsoft Word (including spacing, punctuation, footnotes and references, title, study plan, figures etc., but excluding bibliography). Please specify the amount of characters used at the top (left/right) of your research proposal.

Documentation of proficiency in English

You need to document proficiency in English. For information about the specific language requirements and applicants who are exempt from these requirements, please read more on the PhD website. Applicants who have not submitted documentation of English proficiency (and who are not subject to the exemptions listed on our website) will be dismissed.
Read more about language requirements

Application deadline: Tuesday, 5 April 2016 at 23.59 (11.59 pm).

No supplementary documents will be taken into consideration after this deadline.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Faculty of Humanities invites applications from all interested candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or religion.

For any further questions, please contact the PhD administration by e-mail (phdadmission@hum.ku.dk). If you have specific questions concerning your submitted PhD application, please use the following e-mail address: jobvacancy@pxs.hum.ku.dk.

Applications must be submitted via the electronic application system: