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University of Tampere Doctoral School

Joint doctoral studies at the University of Tampere

The University provides a wide portfolio of opportunities for doctoral students to develop their skills. Our aim is to help students develop a broad range of academic, methodological and specialist skills that will assist their research and transfer into their future careers.

The University of Tampere Doctoral School organizes a yearly course portfolio (see academic year 2014-2015 and 2015-2016) that is available to all doctoral students of the University of Tampere across disciplinary borders. These courses provide a flexible range from which students can select those that fit into their curriculum and their different backgrounds and needs. The courses and seminars organized by the doctoral school are open to all doctoral students of the University of Tampere and in part also to our researchers.

The joint doctoral studies support the more detailed discipline-based doctoral schooling provided by Faculties and their doctoral programmes. In the provision of joint doctoral courses, special attention is given to tuition also in English, and to the fact that courses on research ethics, researcher and transferable skills, language, communication and media skills, as well as teaching and supervision skills are available on a yearly basis. As our courses bring together doctoral students from all disciplines and Faculties, they also support multidisciplinary and peer support and supervision.

The yearly portfolio of courses (25-30 courses yearly) consists of core academic courses and methodology and transferable skills course. Courses are organized to provide both beginning and more advanced levels. In addition, the Doctoral School collaborates with the University Library, the Career Centre and others to provide assistance on career planning, information seeking etc.

Our course portfolio is divided into three course types and below you can find examples of some of the courses organized.


1. Key starting points of academic thinking
Methods courses
Researcher and transferable skills courses


1.       Key starting points of academic thinking

    -          Orientation day for doctoral students

    -          Scientific Argumentation and Deduction

    -          Philosophy of Science

    -          Research Ethics


    2.       Methods courses

      -    Mixed Methods Research and Design

      -    Statistical Social Network Analysis

      -    Grounded Theory

      -    Analysing Texts and Documents

      -    Visual Methodologies

      -    The Uses of/Analysing  Interviews as Data

      -    Lost in translation? Foreign languages in qualitative research

      -    Discourse and conversation analysis

      -    Ethnography

      -    Cultural Analysis of Organizations

      -    Using Atlas.ti and other analytic software

      -    Narrative Analysis


      3.       Researcher and transferable skills courses

        -          Planning, Managing and Completing your Doctoral Thesis

        -          Writing Successful  Research Proposals

        -          Academic Writing

        -          Academic Presentations

        -          Getting Published and Writing Academic Articles

        -          Supervision and Teaching Skills

        -          ABC of Scientific Communication

        -          Managerial and Academic Leadership

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