Doctoral Programme in Literary 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 Literary Studies offers doctoral studies in Finnish Literature and Comparative Literature. Students may major in Comparative Literature regardless of the language area of their interest.

The programme's focus is on studying the historical continuum of literature, current forms of Finnish and international literature, and literary phenomena as a part of the field of arts and culture. In literary history, there is a special emphasis on examining the defining characteristics of Finnish literature in relation to national and international culture and literary tradition.

The programme also emphasises textuality, general and descriptive poetics, the development of concepts in relation to other disciplines, and the various intersections of literature, language and philosophy. The programme's faculty members participate actively in international discussion on narrative theory, which helps provide methodological tools for other disciplines studying texts both in the humanities and social sciences.

Research conducted in the programme in the above-mentioned fields is at the cutting edge in Finland, and it enjoys wide recognition internationally. It is therefore an attractive option for students coming from other universities. Graduates enjoy a good employment rate and are appointed to university-level research and teaching posts both in Finland and abroad.



General eligibility and assessment criteria

Programme-specific requirements and assessment criteria

The doctoral programme welcomes applications from students who have earned their Master's degree in Finnish Literature or Narrative Theory and Textuality at the University of Tampere, or in some other literary discipline at another university.

Applicants who have specialised in narrative theory and textuality may apply regardless of their major.

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

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