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Progressing in the studies | Curriculum and structure of the studies | Supervision agreement and personal study plan |Recording completed study units in the study register | Completed course units, personal study plan and module grade | Voiding of the supervisory relationship | Funding | International mobility | Cotutelle | Submitting a thesis for examination | Applying for a certificate


Progressing in the studies              

In order to further their studies, students must
- register as present,
- actively participate in the supervision arranged and 
- annually present to the supervisor an updated personal study plan to demonstrate the progress of the studies.

Curriculum and structure of the studies

The curriculum of the doctoral programme of Education and Society contains the information on the studies required for a licentiate degree and doctorate. Both the Doctor of Philosophy (Education) and Doctor of Philosophy degree consists of three parts:

    • Studies in education, theory of science and methodology (40 credits)
    • Studies supporting the development of scientific expertise (20 credits)
    • Doctoral dissertation (180 credits)

The curriculum provides more specific information on the required studies and how to complete them.

Supervision agreement and personal study plan

During the first semester, you must prepare a personal study and supervision plan (rtf) with your supervisor based on the effective curriculum of the Education and Society doctoral programme.

The study and supervision plan (HOPS) is updated annually with the supervisor, and it is verified by the Professor in charge of the doctoral studies.

Personal study plan / supervision agreement form (rtf), filling instructions

When filling in the HOPS/supervision agreement form for the first time, enter the courses and other studies you intend to complete in the form, along with an estimate of the semester of completion.

The course and seminar information can be found in the teaching schedule:

At the beginning of the studies, it is recommended to complete the courses arranged by the Doctoral School on applying for funding, managing the research process and preparing a research plan.

Save the personal study plan form on your computer for any later changes.

Once you have filled in the personal study plan / supervision agreement form, set up a meeting with your supervisor for reviewing the form.

The signed form will be sent to the Professor in charge of doctoral studies for verification.

Take a copy of the signed form for yourself. Deliver the original form to the Study Coordinator.

Recording completed course units in the Study Register

An entry must be added to the Study Register for all completed studies to be included in the doctoral degree.

Register entries for all courses and seminars completed at the University of Tampere are made without separate request (e.g. Doctoral School and EDU courses).

Information on studies completed in other ways (any possible articles, essays and teaching activities) and at other universities (official extract from the study register required) must be provided to your responsible supervisor, who will then issue the appropriate credits for your studies and deliver the information to the Study Secretary for entry into the Study Register.

    • Conference presentations 3–5 credits

    • Article not included in an article-based dissertation (5–10 credits)

    • University-level teaching and planning tasks 3–5 credits

You can view your study attainment, as recorded in the Study Register, via the NettiOpsu service. A basic user account is required for NettiOpsu.

For an official study register extract, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

Completed course units, personal study plan form and module grade

It is the duty of the responsible supervisor to update the study and supervision plan with the student annually at the end of the spring semester. Set up a meeting for reviewing the personal study plan / supervision agreement form with your supervisor. Update the  form with completed studies before the meeting, based on the Study Register (NettiOpsu).

The names of the courses organised by the Doctoral School and the Education and Society doctoral programme may vary year by year, so remember to correct the form with the course names and completion dates that match the Study Register entries upon completion.

Once all studies relating to a specific section of the form have been completed, the form is dated and sent to the Study Secretary for a module grade.

Voiding of the supervisory relationship

In the event that a student fails to participate in the arranged supervision and further the studies during an academic year, his/her supervisory relationship will be rendered void. If the student wishes to return to active status, he/she must present the supervisor with an up-to-date HOPS plan and a 10-page literature review covering the subject of the dissertation. The literature must be international and recent (no more than 2–3 years old). If a supervisor is unavailable, the student must contact the Research Coordinator.


Students must seek funding independently, for which the Aurora database is a good tool. You can also ask your supervisor for tips on where to apply for funding.

Additional information on funding for doctoral studies has been collected on the Doctoral School’s web pages.

The university’s Research Services handle support tasks and services related to supplementary research funding. Project Specialist Leena Rodriguez ( is in charge of funding applications and project management for the Faculty of Education.


Conference grant

The Faculty of Education provides postgraduate students with conference grants, the purpose of which is to enable the students to present their research findings at peer-reviewed academic conferences. On application, a postgraduate student is eligible to receive a single grant for participating in an academic conference.

Before applying for the grant, the doctoral student must confirm with his/her supervisor(s) that the conference has sufficient scientific significance and that the conference presentation supports the student’s publication plan. The conference organisers must have approved at least one abstract before the student submits the conference grant application. In addition to this, the applicant must have completed at least 30 credits worth of postgraduate studies.

Conference grant application (rtf).

More information on conference grants is available from the Research Coordinator.

The Tampere University Foundation provides travel grants to postgraduate students.  You can also search the Aurora database for organisations that grant travel funding.


International mobility: staff and students

Matters related to the international mobility of doctoral students are handled by the Centre for International Education in cooperation with the International HR Services.

If your personal study plan  includes studies completed abroad, you can contact the following persons in matters related to the exchange arrangements:

    • Coordinator of International Education and Training Kirsi-Marja Varjokorpi: international student, teacher and staff exchange.

Grants for studies or research at foreign universities.


Cotutelle: doctoral degree through international cooperation between universities

Cotutelle is an agreement between a Finnish university and a foreign university on the joint supervision of the studies and research encompassed by a single doctoral student’s degree. The precondition for the agreement is that the student has a right to doctoral studies at both universities. The student will receive a degree and degree certificate from both universities.

The responsible supervisor must contact the Study Coordinator immediately when planning for such cooperation is initiated. The Cotutelle agreement is drawn up using the shared agreement template of the University of Tampere, which will be modified as necessary.


Submitting a thesis for examination

When you intend to submit your dissertation manuscript for pre-examination, please read the Practical information concerning the examination process of a doctoral dissertation and  the Regulations concerning licentiate's and doctoral degrees and act accordingly.


Applying for a certificate

A student may apply for a degree certificate once all studies encompassed by the degree have been completed and the pertinent module grades have been entered into the Study Register. Module grades are issued by the Study Secretary.

After having all the module grades entered into the Study Register, the student must send a certificate application (see link below) to the Study Coordinator.

The certificate is delivered in the manner requested in the application form (delivery to home address or retrieval from the Registrar’s Office). The Registrar’s Office will not issue a separate notification when the certificate is available for retrieval.

Certificate application form






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