Perspectives on Learning in Vocational Education and Training (MAY4300)

Master's course
For exchange students

In most countries, VET is characterized by different and changing learning arenas and by many actors and stakeholders involved. This course focuses on learning processes and boundary crossing towards becoming skilled workers.

  • Admission requirements

    The target group is persons working with technical and vocationally oriented teaching in schools and working life:

    1. Teachers, facilitators, school managers and others responsible for technical vocational education and development.
    2. Training managers, facilitators, instructors, education counsellors, managers and others with responsibility for or interest in vocational teaching, competence development, quality management and quality assurance in businesses and industries.
    3. Those who wish to pursue doctorial (PhD) studies. 

    Four different professional/vocational backgrounds could be relevant for admission to this module: 

    1. Technical Vocational Teacher Education, bachelor`s level.
    2. Technical Vocational teacher with the following background: craft certificate + 4 years practice in the craft/trade + 2 years of technical/vocational theoretical education in the craft/trade +1 year Postgraduate Certificate in Education. 
    3. 3 years of other technical, vocational or professional bachelor’s degree or similar professional education at the same level. 
    4. Recognition of prior learning: general experience, assessment of other education or experience judged to be equivalent of the requirements for admission. The competence to be assessed is shorter or longer education on different levels, documented experience with teaching and/or practice in businesses in working life. 

    For all professional/vocational backgrounds there is a general requirement of specialization of at least 60 ECTS credits in pedagogy and vocational didactics, or equivalent, either as part of the applicant’s bachelor`s level education or in addition to it.

  • How to apply

    International exchange students select courses when applying for exchange.

    The application deadline is 15 April.

  • Content

    Topics of the course are:

    • Vocational learning in and across different contexts (i.e., in trades, at work, in school)
    • Learning and boundary crossing in VET
    • Vocational knowledge and identity formation
    • Discourses on vocational competences and knowledge
    • Learning trajectories and lifelong learning
    • Actors’ and stakeholders’ roles and responsibilities in VET
  • Course description

    For more information about this course, take a look at the course description (

  • Costs

    There is no semester fee for exchange students.

Questions about this course?

You can contact us by e-mail if you have questions about this course.