Andragogy – Field of study catalogue MU
“Learning never ends.”
The goal of the doctoral degree study programme is to prepare graduates for research in andragogy. Graduates of the doctoral degree study programme in andragogy will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for independent and creative research in the discipline. They will be able to plan, manage, implement, and evaluate research in andragogy, with an emphasis on research and evaluation, educational management and educational policies, and adult education planning and implementation. The foundation of the study is in working with andragogic concepts related to processes of adult learning, education, and development.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- demonstrate deeper knowledge in fundamental and specialized subdisciplines of andragogy
- demonstrate deeper knowledge and skills in andragogic research methodology
- design and implement research in andragogy and evaluate its outcomes
- communicate the outcomes of their research to the expert community
- cooperate with experts working in other research institutions on a national and international scale
Graduates can find jobs in academia, in adult education research, and in management positions in organizations and institutions focusing on adult education and development, both in the state-run and public sector and in the private sector.
The doctoral degree study programme is structured into three modules focusing on philosophy and methodology, andragogy, and language skills development. The student is obliged to pass examinations in the philosophy of science, a foreign language, methodology of research in andragogy, and theory of andragogy, and a selected subdiscipline of andragogy (depending on the dissertation topic). The study is characterized by a strong focus on close cooperation between the student and their supervisor; it includes series of research seminars at which doctoral students, their supervisors, and invited speakers present their work.
The study programme concludes with the defence of the doctoral dissertation and with passing the state examination, at which the candidate answers questions on the theory of andragogy and methodology of research in andragogy raised by the committee. The focus of the questions is the subdiscipline of andragogy in which the candidate has written their dissertation.