Doctoral Programme in Information and Systems

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Duration: 4 years

Extent: 240 ECTS

When to apply:  April / October

Start date: Aug 1 / Jan 1

Tuition fee: none

Programme web page

The programme provides training that prepares students for working as researchers and experts in

  • data analysis, data mining and statistical modelling, such as information theory, stochastic methods, machine learning, learning algorithms and computer-intensive methods
  • mathematics and mathematical methods of data processing, including number theory, algebra, algebraic geometry, logics and finite model theory, algorithms and formal languages
  • software, databases and data systems, including conceptual modelling, database design, data search, data systems design and utilisation in organisations, delivery chain and product information management, mass tailoring, software development, formal methods of software and information system development, and information systems in healthcare and industry

The major subject alternatives of the doctoral programme are mathematics, statistics and computer science.

The doctoral programme works closely with the CIS research centre and its research projects. The employment outlook is good for people holding doctorates in this field.



General eligibility and assessment criteria

Programme-specific requirements and assessment criteria

The ability and aptitude of applicants is assessed on the following principles:

  • The scientific quality and relevance of the research and study and supervisory plan, and the feasibility of their implementation.

  • The appropriateness of the Bachelor and Master degree studies and the research topic for the doctoral programme and the main subject applied for.

  • The availability of sufficient expert supervision.

  • The applicant's skills and knowledge, the language proficiency necessary to complete the doctoral programme and the grade of the previous degree can be considered.

  • The level of promise and motivation demonstrated by the applicant.

To help the selection procedure, there may also be an interview that assesses the abilities and suitability of the applicant. Assessments of individual doctoral researchers are not made public.

Language requirements

1. Applicants who have taken their secondary school education, or studied for and obtained their Bachelor or Master degree in English in one of the following countries are exempt from submitting a language test: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

2. Graduates of the UTA Faculty of Natural Sciences or its predecessors do not need a language test score.

Applicants who are not in either of the two groups above and who plan to study in English must submit an international language test score. The minimum scores are:

  • IELTS Academic score of 6.5

  • PTE Academic score 62

  • TOEFL score of 575 (paper version) or 90 (iBT version)

A plain photocopy of the test score is enough regarding IELTS scores. The PTE and TOEFL scores must arrive from the testing organisation. The TOEFL reporting number of the University of Tampere is 9871.

Admission to the programme

Prior to applying for admission, the applicant must contact the professor of the main subject he or she is applying for, or a possible supervisor of studies, in order to draft the research plan as well as the study and supervisory plan. The application must include the following documents:
  • a study and supervisory plan signed by the applicant and the supervisor(s)

  • a research plan that outlines the research topic and its foundations. (Instructions on how to draft a research plan)

  • CV with full employment history

  • submitting a financing plan is recommended

In addition, applicants who have not graduated from the Faculty of Natural Sciences or its predecessors (UTA) must submit the following documents:

  • photocopies of the original Bachelor’s and Master’s degree certificates and their authorised translations in English, and transcripts of records (i.e. courses taken, grades and credits received) and their authorised translations in English. A syllabus of the Master studies must be submitted too (see below).  If you have completed your Master's degree in a Finnish university after 1995, a photocopy of your Master's degree certificate and transcript of records are enough.

  • a reliable account that the applicant’s previous degree grants eligibility for doctoral studies in the country where that previous degree was completed

  • photocopy of the Master's thesis in the original language (if applicable) and a synopsis in English

  • international applicants must provide a reputable account of his or her language proficiency (see below)

  • CV with full employment history and information on how the studies at UTA will be financed. Please give the contact information of two referees in the CV, if the Master degree was not taken at the University of Tampere

Unless your former institution issues diplomas and academic records in English, Finnish, or Swedish, the documents must include the authorised, complete and exact translations into one of these languages.

Applicants who have taken their degrees in a country other than Finland must include with their application a photocopy of their thesis corresponding to the Finnish Master's thesis and an account of their Master studies.

When an applicant does not have a Master's degree in the main subject he or she is applying for, the application must indicate the studies undertaken to achieve the skills and knowledge required for starting doctoral studies.


Contact information

Coordinator of International Education Kirsi Tuominen

Study Secretary Elisa Laatikainen

Questions on research plans and prospective supervisors

Professor Erkki Mäkinen