Doctoral Education, University of Tampere (Spring 2018)
General eligibility for scientific doctoral studies is stipulated in the University Act (2009/558, Paragraph 37). The faculty can admit to licentiate and doctoral programmes 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.
Doctoral programme specific admission criteria and evaluation criteria can be found at section Admission criteria. Language requirements can be found at section Language requirements.
The call for applications for the Doctoral Programme in Communication, Media and Theatre is organised twice per year, in April and in October.
The application period for doctoral studies commencing in the autumn of 2018 will be during 3 April - 2 May 2018. The application period ends at 15.00 (local time).
Specific application deadlines will be confirmed each year. Under exceptional conditions, applications for doctoral studies can be processed outside the two admission rounds.
Prior to applying for admission, the applicant must contact the professor of the main subject s/he is applying for, or a possible supervisor of studies, in order to draft the research plan as well as the study and supervisory plan.
Applications are submitted through an electronic application system at studyinfo.fi. Please see more information at What is studyinfo?. Please note that after submitting your application you may receive requests for enclosures. A link to the application form is available during the application period.
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.
It is advisable to include in the application also other certificates of language tests taken, if any, especially tests taken in Finnish, Swedish, German or French.
The doctoral programme can take approximately 10 new doctoral students based on the application rounds for 2018.
The selection results are announced before the beginning of the following term. The selections made in spring 2018 are announced by 20 June, 2018. The date by which the selections made in autumn 2018 are announced will be published later. Applicants are notified of the selection results by post.
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.
One study place per term provision
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.
Confirmation of the right to enrol
To maintain your right to enrol in the degree programme, you must fill in and deliver the confirmation form you receive from the University of Tampere. The confirmation must reach the University of Tampere by 11 July, 2018 at 3 pm local time, at the latest. If your confirmation has not arrived by the date indicated above, you will lose your right to enrol in the degree programme.
New doctoral students must enrol at the UTA Registrar's Office. More detailed instructions on enrolment are enclosed with the letter of acceptance. Before enrolling, a new doctoral student must present at the Faculty office the original certificates and transcript for the degrees and studies he/she has referred to in his/her application and their authorised translations in English, if the originals are in another language.
Doctoral students are required to re-enrol at the beginning of each academic year according to instructions given by the University. Only students enrolled as 'present' may pursue studies at the University.
Doctoral students who fail to enrol either as 'present' or 'absent' within the given deadline will lose their right to study and their right to use the computer services provided by the University. Should students later wish to continue their studies, they must make a written request to the Faculty requesting re-admission.
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.
General eligibility criteria can be found at section Eligibility criteria. Language proficiency criteria can be found at section Language requirements.
The Faculty may restrict the number of its doctoral student intake based on insufficient supervision resources.
The application must include the following documents:
- 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
- copy of the passport ID page, if the student hasn’t previously studied at the University of Tampere.
In addition, applicants who have not graduated from the Faculty of Communication Sciences or its predecessors must submit the following documents:
- CV with full employment history. CV must include two (2) referees in case the applicant has not completed their Master’s degree at UTA.
- photocopies of the 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). 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.
- a reliable account that the applicant’s previous degree grants eligibility for doctoral studies in the country where that previous degree was completed
- copy of the Master's thesis in the original language (if applicable) and a synopsis in English
- 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.
You must be able to prove your educational background by means of officially authenticated copies of your documents. If the documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, both the authenticated copies of the documents in their original language and an officially confirmed, complete and precise translation into one of the languages mentioned above are required.
In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents issued in certain countries have more specific requirements for submission. Please go through the requirements carefully and check the country- specific requirements for your degree awarding country before applying.
If selected, you will have to present your original educational documents upon arrival at the University of Tampere in order to be able to register at the university.