Doctoral programmes

According to the University Strategy the most promising students are selected for doctoral training on the basis of applications and they are ensured high quality and systematic doctoral training and high quality supervision. The doctoral programmes and the doctoral education committees of the Faculties are responsible for the details of student selection.

The Faculties decide on degree regulation such as curricula, application process, dissertation process and other regulation. Every prospective doctoral student should consult his/her Faculty well in advance to an application round.

All inquiries concerning applying to a specific academic discipline should be directed to the doctoral programme in question.

When to apply

Applying to a doctoral programme of the University of Tampere takes place twice a year (in April and October) with two exceptions: the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences, and the International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology have their own application schedules.

The next joint application round for studies beginning in spring 2019 will be held 1 October - 31 October 2018. The application period ends at 15.00 (local time).

Please check the application procedure from your doctoral programme web pages.

General eligibility

Under the Finnish legislation (Universities Act 558/2009 37 §), eligible for studies leading to an academic or artistic postgraduate degree shall be a person who has completed

(1) an applicable higher university degree;

(2) an applicable higher polytechnic degree;

(3) an applicable education completed abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for corresponding higher education.

The university may require a student admitted to study for an academic or artistic postgraduate degree complete the necessary supplementary studies in order to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for the studies.

Eligible for studies leading to an academic or artistic postgraduate degree may also be a person whom the university judges otherwise to have sufficient knowledge and skills for the studies.

Language Requirements for Doctoral Studies

Please consult the doctoral student admission web pages of respective Faculty to see detailed language requirements.

General assessment criteria

Prospective doctoral candidates and their academic abilities will be assessed based on the following principles:

  • The scientific quality of the research and study plan and their relevance to the academic field in question
  • The Master's degree, prior studies taken, and the research topic’s appropriateness concerning the research subject to the doctoral programme
  • The possibilities of completing the research plan in time-span stipulated
  • Availability of expert supervision
  • The applicant’s skills and knowledge, the grade of previous Master's thesis and the language proficiency necessary to complete the doctoral programme
  • The level of promise and motivation the applicant demonstrates.

Interviews may be used as to aid selection. The applicants’ ability and suitability will be assessed. Assessments of individual doctoral students are not made public.

Announcement of results and rectification procedure

The selection results are announced before the beginning of the following term. The selections made in spring 2018 are announced by 20 June, 2018. Applicants are notified of the selection results by post or by email.

An applicant who is dissatisfied with the student selection may submit a written request for reconsideration to the Faculty Council. Such requests must be submitted within 14 days of the declared announcement date. The request, together with the reasons, shall be addressed to: University of Tampere, Registry (Kirjaamo), 33014 University of Tampere, Finland.

Yearly enrolment

Each student at the University of Tampere is required to enrol at the University annually in order to make use of his/her right to study. If a student does not enrol by the deadline given, he/she will lose his/her right to study (please see Enrolment requirement).

One study place regulation

According to the Universities Act (558/2009, section 38) and University of Tampere’s Regulations on Degrees (section 12), a student may accept only one study place in a degree programme leading to a degree during the same semester.

What this means is that if you have been admitted to more than one degree programme in Finnish universities starting in the autumn 2016, you can only accept one of the offered places. However, accepting another study place in studies beginning in a different semester is possible.

In the University of Tampere international admissions you will only be offered one study place per admission round. You can apply to more than one programme, but you will be asked to put them in order of preference in the application form. If you could be admitted into several programmes, you will be offered a study place in the programme that is highest in your order of preference.