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PLEASE NOTE: The information about the admission to the doctoral programmes at the Faculty of Social Sciences can be found from (the link below) the new University of Tampere pages:

The next joint application round for doctoral studies beginning in autumn 2018 will be held 3 April - 2 May 2018. The application period ends at 15.00 (Finnish time).

The pages below will not be updated any more.

How to Become a Doctoral Student

Applications for doctoral studies will be processed twice per year.

The application period for the studies beginning in January 2018 ended October 31, 2017 3.45 pm. The next application period is in April, 2018.

Applying for admission

In Health Sciences the applicant must first choose a research topic/field of study and find at least one supervisor who is employed in the faculty. One supervisor must be a professor or docent at Health Sciences, and the other supervisor must have a PhD in a relevant field. Then, together with the supervisor a follow-up group should be selected for the dissertation work. 

An applicant needs to fill out the application form for the doctoral degree and get necessary signatures from all parties concerned. The application form can be found from the homepage under the title Forms. The completed form must be scanned and attached to the electrical application. The research plan, the postgraduate study plan and the motivation letter must be attached to the application as well. The applications will be reviewed by the Scientific Postgraduate Committee. Incomplete applications can not be rewieved.

More specific guidelines can be found from the Postgraduate Study Guide and from the instructions page on the application form.

Motivation letter

The motivation letter shall be attached to the application. The motivation letter can be written in free format but should not exceed one page (A4, font 12, space 1,5).

The motivation letter is a document that describes the applying person's aims and abilities to pursue PhD studies and also brings to the committee's attention other matters that may affect the completion of the studies. All information is handled confidentially and will not be shared with persons or parties not involved in the selection process.

The motivation letter should address at least the following issues:
-       Why do you intend to pursue doctoral studies?
-       What is your previous study and work background?
-       How do you see your future after completing the PhD degree? What new skills and possibilities/opportunities do you believe the the PhD degree will equip you with?

Admissions criteria

Admissions criteria and General eligibility for Doctoral Studies can be found from the Postgraduate Study Guide.

Especially important facts for student selection in the application process are the following: the scientific, practical and theoretical relevance of the research in its own field, how realistic and clear the research plan is, and the suitability of the proposed methods for the purpose of the study.

Approval procedure

After the application deadline has passed, the applications will be discussed in the Scientific Postgraduate Committee meeting.  The Committee then gives a selection proposal to the Dean of the Faculty. The Dean approves new students. The admissions results for the autumn 2017 application round for doctoral studies will be announced on 15 December 2017 at the latest. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results. Accepted applicants will receive a letter of acceptance and a confirmation form, which is to be delivered to the University of Tampere by 9 January 2018 at 3 p.m. at the latest.

An applicant who is dissatisfied with the student selection may submit a written appeal for reconsideration to the Board of the Faculty. The appeal, together with the reasons, should be delivered to: University of Tampere, Registry (Kirjaamo), 33014 University of Tampere, Finland by 9 January 2018 at 3 p.m. at the latest.

One study place per term provision

Please note. One study place per term provision is in effect in this application round.

According to this provision, a student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term. This rule applies to all higher education starting in autumn term 2016 (1 August 2016) and after that.

Higher education degrees included in the provision are:

• Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities of applied sciences.

• Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities

• Licentiate and Doctoral degrees awarded by Finnish universities

Only exceptions to the provision are:

• Transfer student selections

• the Åland Polytechnic

• the Police College of Finland

• higher education institutions outside of Finland

The academic term (from 1 August to 31 December or 1 January to 31 July) is the set framework for implementation. The provision does not prevent acceptance of a place in another degree programme during another academic term. Even if the student postpones the commencement of studies, or interrupts his/her studies, that student cannot accept another study place for a degree programme starting in the same 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 9 January, 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.The enrollment time for the spring period ends 12 January 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: The International Postgraduate Programme in Epidemiology (IPPE) has its own application period. Please see the programme website for further information.

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