The department offers doctoral education in two areas: Education Science and Child and Youth Studies. A prominent ambition of the training is to prepare Ph D candidates for empirical research and practice-oriented research inside and outside educational institutions. Important research areas at the department include learning, upbringing and everyday life of children and young people inside as well as outside educational institutions. Much of the research focuses on preschool, learning and teaching in preschool and the role of school-age educare (leisure-time centre). Another prominent line of research concerns digitalisation and its consequences for schooling and professional learning among teachers.