Doctoral Programme in Interactive Technology
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Duration: 4 years
Extent: 240 ECTS
When to apply: April / October
Start date: Aug 1 / Jan 1
Tuition fee: none
The doctoral programme in interactive technology prepares students for work as researchers in demanding R&D positions in the field of human-technology interaction.
Interactive technology is a decidedly multidisciplinary field that focuses on research and development in human-technology interaction, and presumes proficiency in the perspectives and research methods of the information, technology and human sciences. One of its key objectives is to innovate, research and develop new UI technologies so that they support natural human behaviour and enable versatile and fulfilling experiences to the best possible extent.
R&D is closely related in interactive technology. The majority of doctoral graduates will work in companies and organisations outside the university.
Employment prospects for PhDs are good because the possibilities enabled by the technology and the ways in which they are used are constantly evolving and increasing.
Programme-specific requirements and assessment criteria
The aim of doctoral selection is to reach talented, motivated and committed doctoral students. 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 students are not made public.
English language proficiency:
- Faculty of Communication Sciences or its predecessors' graduates do not need a language test score.
- 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 (and in the following countries only) are exempt from submitting a language test: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
- 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. IELTS Academic score of 6.5, PTE Academic score 62, or a TOEFL score of 575 (paper version) or 90 (iBT version), are the minimum scores. 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.
The Faculty may restrict the number of its doctoral student intake based on insufficient supervision resources.
A person accepted at a Finnish university or a polytechnic may accept only one study place in a degree programme leading to a higher education degree during one academic term.
- a research plan that outlines the research topic and its foundations. Instructions on how to draft a research plan.
- a study and supervisory plan, we recommend using the study and supervisory plan form
- a plan for financing doctoral studies, max. 1 page
- CV with full employment history. CV must include two (2) referees in case the applicant has not completed their Master’s degree at UTA.
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).
Questions on the admisssions process:
Coordinator of International Education Kirsi Tuominen
Study Secretary Elisa Laatikainen
Questions on prospective supervisors and research plans:
Professor Veikko Surakka