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The doctoral programme of the School of Communication, Media and Theatre will be transferring to new Faculty of Communication Sciences.

The study-related instructions and curricula of the School of Communication, Media and Theatre will continue to be used in connection with this doctoral programme.

Brief Guide for Doctoral Studies

The brief guide for doctoral studies gives you the basic information on admissions and requirements for studying in the doctoral programme at the School of Communication, Media and Theatre. Applicants and students are also advised to visit the Further information -websites and the University of Tampere Doctoral School's website for more information.

Doctoral degrees

At CMT, postgraduate students apply for the right to study the subject they wish to major in. CMT offers the following postgraduate degrees:
Licentiate of Social Sciences and Doctor of Social Sciences (or Licentiate of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy) in Journalism and Mass Communication
Licentiate of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy in Speech Communication and Voice Research
Licentiate of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre and Drama Research
Licentiate of Arts (Theatre and Drama) and Doctor of Arts (Theatre and Drama) in Theatrical Arts

The main component of the doctoral degree is the independent doctoral dissertation, whose aim is to accumulate research skills and acquire an in-depth understanding of the field and knowledge of the disciplines taught in the School of Communication, Media and Theatre. Although the dissertation is written independently, personal supervision and discipline-specific research seminars organised by the School promote learning and progress. Moreover, participation in the scientific community gives doctoral students a chance to widen their view of science, and they also develop the skills to tie their work to a wider social and international network.

Further information: CMT's Doctoral Programme


In theory, full-time postgraduate studies take four years. A postgraduate study programme (240 ECTS in total) consists of two parts: doctoral dissertation: (180 ECTS),  other studies (60 ECTS). Full-time studies for a licentiate degree take approximately two and a half years, and the student earns 150 ECTS, of which the licentiate thesis is worth 90 ECTS.

Each postgraduate student must draw up a written study and supervision plan together with his or her supervisors.

The studies required consist of the following five parts:
1) CMTJ1 Research seminar (10 ECTS)
2) Theoretical and methodological studies (10 ECTS)
3) Studies promoting internationalisation and networking (10 ECTS)
4) Studies promoting knowledge of the student's own discipline and research area (30 ECTS)
5) Doctoral dissertation (180 ECTS)

Items 1–4 above can be pursued in many ways. Postgraduate students can choose among the courses and seminars organised by the University's Doctoral School or the School's doctoral programme. In addition, they can take courses in other doctoral programmes or at other Finnish or foreign universities.

Postgraduate students who pursue a postgraduate degree in Art will follow this outline when applicable.

Further information: Studies Required for Postgraduate Degrees

How to apply

The call for student applications for CMT's doctoral programme is twice a year: in spring and autumn. Before applying for postgraduate studies, applicants are advised to find a supervisor for their dissertation and postgraduate studies. For this reason, applicants should contact the Head Professor of their prospective major subject well in advance.

The School of Communication, Media and Theatre requires that those admitted to postgraduate studies hold a Finnish Master's degree or a corresponding degree from an institution of higher education abroad. The Master's degree or its equivalent should be in the field of the intended major subject. The School may also admit applicants who have demonstrated their knowledge in the prospective major subject in some other way. If the applicant does not hold a Master's degree, the professor of the prospective major subject decides whether the applicant's previous studies are equivalent.

The School's supervision resources and the appropriateness of the research topic for the School's research profile will also be considered. Postgraduate students are admitted to the doctoral programme for five years. New postgraduate students must enrol at the Registrar's Office. Already-admitted postgraduate students are required to re-enrol at the beginning of each academic year. Only students enrolled as present may pursue studies at the University.

Further information: Apply for Postgraduate Studies

Study and Supervisory Plan

Each postgraduate student must draw up a written study and supervision plan together with his or her supervisors. The plan must specify the name of the main supervisor and the duties and responsibilities of the supervisors and the student. The plan must include the postgraduate student's preliminary schedule as well as the supervision practices applied. The purpose of supervision is to support and train the student in independent scientific or artistic work and to develop the student's professional skills and career prospectives. In addition, the plan must include a personal study plan that describes how the postgraduate student intends to fulfil his or her degree requirements. The School recommends that the study and supervision plan be updated once a year. It is especially important to update the section on the progression of the student's work. In this connection, so-called "passive" postgraduate students may decide to give up their right to study.

Further information: Supervision

Doctoral Dissertation

Postgraduate students pursuing a doctoral degree in Philosophy or Social Sciences must write a doctoral dissertation and defend it in public. The doctoral dissertation is a substantial scientific thesis based on independent research. The dissertation must produce new scientific knowledge and demonstrate critical thinking, a profound knowledge of the field and its methods, and the ability to apply these methods.

A doctoral dissertation can be a manuscript of an unpublished dissertation (a monograph), an integrated entity of scientific publications or manuscripts approved for publication paired with a summary (an article-based doctoral dissertation) or another type of work that fulfils the scientific criteria.

Postgraduate students specialise either in developing their own artistic work or in developing the field of theatre and theatre training. A final project is based on the student's artistic work, and it is either an independent work of art or a series of works of art that focus on a certain theme. In place of a work of art, the final project in Theatre Art can also be a doctoral dissertation. The dissertation must deal with theatre training or some other topic central to theatre work.

Further information: Doctoral Dissertation

See also  General Regulations on Postgraduate Studies

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