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Subject matter education

Subject matter education is a third-cycle subject where the conditions, processes and results of teaching, learning and education are studied in relation to content. The relationships and links between learning and teaching are of particular interest, as is how we organise, discuss and act in relation to such specific content. Empirical research into subject matter education often involves classroom studies, but may also embrace structural perspectives, e.g. by studying education systems, curricula and syllabuses.

Entry requirements

The requirements for admission to third-cycle courses and study programmes are that the applicant meets the general and specific entry requirements and is considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the course or study programme.

General entry requirements

A person meets the general entry requirements if he or she has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle. Eligible applicants include those who have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad

Specific entry requirements

One of the following alternatives is required for specific entry requirements:
A) Teaching qualification, of which courses corresponding to at least 30 higher education credits awarded in the second-cycle in a relevant subject, and an independent project (degree project) comprising at least 15 higher education credits awarded in the second-cycle.

B) At least 90 higher education credits, of which at least 30 higher education credits awarded in the second-cycle, within a relevant area of knowledge within subject matter education, and an independent project (degree project) comprising at least 15 higher education credits awarded in the second-cycle.

Eligible applicants include those who have acquired substantively equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

General syllabus

The general syllabus regulates third-cycle studies in the subject in question. The following sections are included in the syllabus:

  • Title of qualification and teaching and research duties
  • Aims of the study programme
  • Entry requirements
  • Admission, selection and assessment criteria
  • Programme disposition and content
  • Supervision
  • Individual study plan
  • Transitional provisions