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Degree of Doctor

According to the Higher Education Ordinance, Annex 2: Qualifications ordinance the scope, the outcomes and the doctoral thesis are defined as



A Degree of Doctor is awarded after the third-cycle student has completed a study programme of at least 240 credits in a subject in which third-cycle teaching is offered.


Knowledge and understanding

For the Degree of Doctor the third-cycle student shall

• demonstrate broad knowledge and systematic understanding of the research field as well as advanced and up-to-date specialised knowledge in a limited area of this field, and

• demonstrate familiarity with research methodology in general and the methods of the specific field of research in         particular.

Competence and skills

For the Degree of Doctor the third-cycle student shall

demonstrate the capacity for scholarly analysis and synthesis as well to review and assess new and complex phenomena, issues and situations autonomously and critically

demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues with scholarly precision critically, autonomously and creatively, and to plan and use appropriate methods to undertake research and other qualified tasks within predetermined time frames and to review and evaluate such work

demonstrate through a dissertation the ability to make a significant contribution to the formation of knowledge through his or her own research

demonstrate the ability in both national and international contexts to present and discuss research and research findings authoritatively in speech and writing and in dialogue with the academic community and society in general

• demonstrate the ability to identify the need for further knowledge and

• demonstrate the capacity to contribute to social development and support the learning of others both through research and education and in some other qualified professional capacity.

Judgement and approach

For the Degree of Doctor the third-cycle student shall

• demonstrate intellectual autonomy and disciplinary rectitude as well as the ability to make assessments of research ethics, and

• demonstrate specialised insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used.

Research thesis (doctoral thesis)

For the Degree of Doctor the third-cycle student shall have been awarded a pass grade for a research thesis (doctoral thesis) of at least 120 credits.


Specific requirements determined by each higher education institution itself within the parameters of the requirements laid down in this qualification descriptor shall also apply for a Degree of Doctor with a defined specialisation. Ordinance (2008:132)

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