The Directorate is an administrative institution in the field of education and its main objective is to improve quality and support progress in education in accordance with law and government policies, best evidence and international standards.
1. Knowledge and understanding
1.1. Students have a clear understanding and extensive knowledge of the fundamentals of philosophy, the most important philosophical theories and concepts and the most recent philosophical knowledge. Students' understanding and knowledge is deeper and more detailed than that required at lower levels of study.
1.2. Students have a solid understanding and profound knowledge of their speciality within the philosophy.
1.3. Students have made significant contributions to the discipline, whether in the form of new knowledge or original use and interpretation of existing knowledge.
1.4. Students have a good understanding of what scientific research entails, both theories and accepted views on its nature and ideas and conventions regarding its ethics.
1.5. Students are highly familiar with how scientific research works: how it is funded, how it is independently evaluated and possible opportunities for technical transfer.
2. Type of knowledge
2.1. Students possess knowledge and understanding attained through their own research and independent, significant contributions to the discipline.
2.2. Students have analysed and clearly presented original ideas and created new knowledge on the basis of extensive research that stands up to the criticism of academics in the relevant area of philosophy.
3. Practical competence and skills
3.1. Students possess the knowledge and understanding required to conduct scientific research with confidence and on their own initiative.
3.2. Students are able to conduct original and complex research projects, clearly and systematically identifying components and objectives.
3.3. Students are able to explain the methods used within philosophy and apply them in an independent and original way to new and complex topics.
3.4. Students are able to apply the methods and infrastructure of philosophy on a broad basis.
3.5. Students demonstrate originality and creativity in developing, presenting and applying new knowledge, understanding and methodology.
4. Theoretical skills
4.1. Students have developed critical and independent thinking skills regarding their research area and are able to present, explain and develop scholarly ideas within this area.
4.2. The student has applied new methodology or recognised methodology in a new way in order to expand the base of knowledge within philosophy.
4.3. Students have, through their research, engaged with extremely complex and new subject matter, producing results in an independent and informed way.
4.4. Students have presented a significant and well-structured thesis fit for publication in a recognised peer-reviewed outlet, domestic or international.
4.5. Students have given public lectures in philosophy at domestic and/or international conferences.
4.6. Students have composed an extensive (75,000-100,000 words) doctoral thesis deemed fit for doctoral defence by qualified parties at the University of Iceland.
5. Communication skills and information literacy
5.1. Students are able to effectively explain their field to peers, researchers and the general public.
5.2. Students are able to work with others and collaborate effectively with supervisors, peers and colleagues within the institution and the academic community, including having critical discussions and exchanges of opinion on scholarly subjects.
5.3. Students are able to orally argue for a position regarding their research in seminars or oral examinations and explain and defend their research to the administrators of research and educational institutions and research funds.
5.4. Students are capable of fully participating in debates relating to their field in academic or public settings as an independent scholar, communicating knowledge orally and in writing, and thereby promoting education and knowledge within society.
5.5. Students have demonstrated academic independence and originality and take responsibility for their work, can direct and take responsibility for the work of others, and are able to educate others about research methodology and academic material.
5.6. Students have experience of teaching at the university level in their field.
5.7. Students are able to use any software that can be applied in their field to analyse and present research results and critically evaluate any numerical or graphical information in the field.
6. General academic skills
6.1. Students are able to systematically and effectively acquire knowledge.
6.2. Students have adopted a critical approach to knowledge as well as an open-minded, conscientious and careful attitude in their methods and conclusions.
6.3. Students seek knowledge with as much impartiality as possible.