Study requirements

The goals of the studies are to deepen the student's knowledge of his/her own field, and to develop his/her general knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career. The duration of the doctoral training corresponds to four years of full-time study, but it can be completed in a longer time in the case of part-time work.

The degree includes research work for the thesis, the publication and the public defense of the thesis, and, depending on the discipline, 20 to 50 ECTS credits of courses and/or other research-related activities.  

Mandatory and optional general and transferable studies are described in Courses webpage. Undone mandatory studies prevent the progression to the final stages of thesis and graduation.

Studies that are mandatory for all doctoral students:

  • Introduction to Doctoral Training (1 credit)
  • Scientific Research and Ethics (2 credits)
  • Doctoral training plan (3 credits)
  • Research plan and seminar (1 credits)
  • Follow-up group reporting and meetings (1 credit)

Depending on the major, a doctoral student may include teaching in his/her degree. In that case, he/she must have either formal pedagogy training, or follow a course of a minimum of 2 ECTS credits in higher education pedagogy.

Depending on the field and major activities like conferences and research visits can be included in the doctoral studies and there are recommendations of ECTS for different activities related to doctoral training.

For doctoral studies, post-graduate or advanced courses (with J- or S- included in the WebOodi course code) are required. However, when justified, and if the total number of course credits required for the degree is over 20 ECTS credits, and if the supervisor has assessed them to be suitable and necessary, intermediate or basic courses ( A- or P- included in the WebOodi course code) may be included in the study plan up to a maximum of 20% of the required credits over 20 credits (e.g. if the total required credits is 30, a maximum of (30 – 20) x 20% = 2 credits may be obtained from A- or P-level courses). 

Study requirements for different doctoral degree programmes:

Doctoral Degree Programme

Programme Directors

Studies (credits)

Educational Sciences

Elina Lehtomäki

30

Human Sciences

Maija Kallinen

20

Economics and Business Administration

Pia Hurmelinna

50

Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

Thomas Kietzmann

20

Biology

Laura Kvist

30

Geosciences and Mining Engineering and Mineral Processing

Elena Kozlovskaya

40

Chemistry

Minna Tiainen

40

Geography

Jarkko Saarinen

25

Physics and Astronomy

Ville Telkki

40

Mathematical Sciences

Ville Suomala

40

Information Processing Science

Mika Mäntylä

40

Computer Science and Engineering

Timo Ojala

40

Communications engineering

Mika Ylianttila

 

Architecture

Aulikki Herneoja

40

Mechanical Engineering

Jukka Kömi

40

Process and Environmental Engineering

Mirja Illikainen

40

Electrical Engineering

Tapio Fabritius

40

Industrial Engineering and Management

Jukka Majava

40

Dentistry

Pekka Ylöstalo

20

Medicine

Petri Lehenkari (Jouko Miettunen)

20

Health Sciences

Maria Kääriäinen

20

 

Last updated: 4.2.2020