Doctoral Programme in Language Studies
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 Language Studies is an interdisciplinary postgraduate degree programme in languages, translation studies and culture.
A doctoral researcher may earn his/her degree in one of the following disciplines:
- English Philology
- Scandinavian Languages
- Translation Studies (English, Swedish, German or Russian)
- German Language and Culture
- Finnish Language
- Russian Language and Culture
There is a special emphasis on studying the intersections between language and culture, which includes the critical study of local and global cultural forms and sociocultural phenomena in a given language area. Key areas in translation studies include translation and interpreting as a profession and the sociology of translation.
Graduates are generally hired to fill research and teaching positions and socially significant expert positions. Their employment prospects are excellent, and, according to a report by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the need for doctors in the field of linguistics is growing in Finland.
Programme-specific requirements and assessment criteria
The doctoral programme welcomes applications from students who hold a Master's degree in a field relevant to the programme. Suitable disciplines include English, Scandinavian Languages, French, German, Finnish, Russian, and Multilingual Communication and Translation Studies.
Applicants must have completed advanced studies in their prospective major subject or a related subject.
Other majors may also be accepted if they are compatible with the field the programme covers. In some cases, the doctoral programme may require the student to take supplementary courses; the need for supplementary courses is considered on a case-by-case basis.
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 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.
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 Elisa Laatikainen).
Questions on the admissions process:
Study Secretary Elisa Laatikainen
Questions on prospective supervisors and research plans: