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  

Programme web page

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, French, Swedish, German or Russian)
  • French Language (no admission in 2017)
  • 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.



General eligibility and assessment criteria

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

Before applying for doctoral studies, applicants must contact the supervisor for their prospective major.

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • a research proposal (instructions for writing a research proposal)
  • CV with full employment history. CV must include two (2) referees in case the applicant has not completed their Master’s degree at UTA
  • preliminary study plan including information on how the studies at UTA will be financed

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

  • officially certified copies of university diplomas and other information on academic background. Certificates of academic and educational background, an official transcript from university records as well as the Master’s degree certificate translated officially into English. The syllabus of previous studies is to be attached to the application. For information on officially certified documents please see the UTA page.
  • a full copy of the Master’s thesis in English or upon agreement in some other language, in which case an English, Finnish, or Swedish abstract is required.
  • a reliable account of the language skills needed to complete the doctoral degree, if not demonstrated by your previous degree diplomas. Please consult your future supervisor.

Contact information

Administrative Secretary Elisa Laatikainen