Doctoral Programme in Information Studies and Interactive Media

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 doctoral programme in Information studies and interactive media provides an ability to study, analyse and design various aspects of new information and communication technologies. Postgraduate studies are becoming more in demand as the information and media professions and research and development continue to evolve. The key research areas are

  • information retrieval
  • information and media practices
  • information and records management
  • media change and its possibilities
  • new media design and implementation
  • cultures of interactive media use
  • interactive media as part of society
  • internet research
  • game studies
  • open information society
  • research and design of social media services

The doctoral programme has a close connection with the research projects carried out in the research groups of the TRIM research centre. Research evaluations have repeatedly assessed the level of research in information studies at the University of Tampere as very high and internationally visible.



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. Interviews may also be used to aid the selection procedure; the interview assesses the applicant's abilities and suitability. Assessments of individual doctoral researchers are not made public.

Language requirements

  • 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.
  • Graduates of the UTA Faculty of Communication 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

General eligibility for scientific doctoral studies is stipulated in the University Act (2009/558, Paragraph 37). The Faculty can admit to doctoral studies an applicant who has completed

  • a relevant Master's degree awarded by a university,
  • a relevant Master's degree awarded by a university of applied sciences, or
  • a relevant applicable study programme abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for the corresponding level of higher education
  • whom the university otherwise deems to possess sufficient knowledge and skills for doctoral education in the field of studies in question.

Recognition of the studies and eligibility for doctoral studies is approved by the professor of the main subject or a teacher authorised by the professor.

Prior to applying for admission, the applicant must contact the professor of the main subject s/he is applying for, or a possible supervisor of studies, in order to draft the research plan as well as the study and supervisory plan.

An electronic application form will become available on the first day of the application period.

Application documents

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

  • photocopies of 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 "Additional information on applying"). 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.
  • copy of the Master's thesis in the original language (if applicable) and a synopsis in English
  • a reliable account that the applicant’s previous degree grants eligibility for doctoral studies in the country where that previous degree was completed.
  • international applicants must provide a reliable account of his or her language proficiency (see below). Applicants of the doctoral programme in Language Studies must hold a Master’s degree or have completed advanced studies in the field corresponding to the intended major.

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.

Additional information on applying

UTA has country-specific requirements for applicants with a previous degree from e.g. Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Cameroon, Canada, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Uzbekistan (see the full list on University Admissions Finland page). The enclosures of degrees from these countries must be submitted directly to the Faculty of Communications Sciences (Ms Kirsi Tuominen).


Contact information

Questions on the admissions process:

Coordinator of International Education Kirsi Tuominen

Study Secretary Elisa Laatikainen

Questions on prospective supervisors and research plans:

University Lecturer Sanna Talja