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Faculties of Natural and Communication SciencesUniversity of TampereFaculties of Natural and Communication Sciences

The nine schools of the University of Tampere will become six faculties from the start of 2017.

The Doctoral programmes of the School of Information Sciences will be transferring to two new faculties:

Faculty of Communication Sciences

  • Doctoral programme in Information Studies and Interactive Media
  • Doctoral programme in Interactive Technology

Faculty of Natural Sciences

  • Doctoral programme in Information and Systems

The study-related instructions and curricula of the School of Information Sciences will continue to be used in connection with these Doctoral programmes.


Please note that this page gives instructions on how to apply for the study right to take doctoral studies.

We might have also salaried positions open for those taking doctoral studies. For these a separate online application is needed. Salaried positions are announced on the University of Tampere Careers page.

Application deadlines for 2017

Instructions on how to apply for a doctoral study right at the Faculty of Natural Sciences may be found here.

Instructions on how to apply for a doctoral study right at the Faculty of Communication Sciences may be found here.

Applying for admission

The call for applications for the doctoral programmes of the School of Information Sciences is organised twice per year. 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.

An electronic application form will become available on the first day of the application period.

Applicants must state the main subject for the degree in his or her application.

The application must include the following documents:

  • a study and supervisory plan (available on the SIS Forms page) signed by the applicant and the supervisor(s)
  • a research plan that outlines the research topic and its foundations. Instructions on how to draft a research plan.
  • CV with full employment history and information on how the studies at UTA will be financed.

In addition, applicants who have not graduated from the School of Information Sciences, University of Tampere, must submit the following documents:

  • officially certified photocopies of the original Bachelor’s and Master’s degree certificates and their authorised translations in English, and officially certified 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). For information on officially certified documents please see the UTA page.
  • photocopy of the Master's thesis in the original language (if applicable) and a synopsis in English
  • international applicants must provide a reputable account of his or her language proficiency (see below)
  • CV with full employment history and information on how the studies at UTA will be financed. Please give the contact information of two referees in the CV, if the Master degree was not taken at the University of Tampere

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.

Applicants who have taken their degrees in a country other than Finland must include with their application a photocopy of their thesis corresponding to the Finnish Master's thesis and an account of their Master studies.

When an applicant does not have a Master's degree in the main subject he or she is applying for, the application must indicate the studies undertaken to achieve the skills and knowledge required for starting doctoral studies.

Applicants who have taken a licentiate's degree at the School of Information Sciences are directly entitled to continue studying towards the doctoral degree that corresponds with their previous studies. Applicants who have taken a licentiate's degree at another educational institution or in another training field and applicants who do not have a licentiate's degree can be granted admission for doctoral studies based on the aforementioned application form and its appendices.

Further information on the application process is available from the Coordinator of International Education at SIS and the Head of Study Affairs. Further information on the content of the studies is available from the professors of the main subjects.

Admission criteria

General eligibility for scientific doctoral studies is stipulated in the University Act (2009/558, Paragraph 37). The School can admit to licentiate and doctoral programmes an applicant who has completed

  • a suitable higher university degree, or
  • a suitable corresponding Finnish or foreign degree and who has completed advanced studies in the main subject of the doctoral programme he or she is applying for, or corresponding studies, or
  • whom the School 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.

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.

The School may restrict the number of its doctoral student intake based on insufficient supervision resources.

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.

Admission procedure

After the application deadline has passed, the applications are taken on a commentary round in the doctoral programmes. The doctoral programmes process the applications and make a proposal to the School's Doctoral Education Steering Group on the applicants to be admitted and the supervisors for the applicants' research work. The Doctoral Education Steering Group then puts a selection proposal to the Dean of the School. The Dean of the School admits the new students.

The selection results are announced before the beginning of the following term. The selections made in autumn 2016 are announced by 15 December, 2016. The date by which the selections made in spring 2017 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 Board of the School. 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.

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, 2017 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.

Practical information on applying

UTA has country-specific requirements for applicants with a previous degree from e.g. Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Cameroon, Canada, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Uzbekistan (see the full list on University Admissions Finland page). The enclosures of  degrees from these countries must be submitted to the School of Information Sciences (Ms. Kirsi Tuominen).

English language proficiency:

  • SIS 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.

Cost of studies

Please note that the study right for doctoral studies does not include any financial aid from the University. The University does not have a scholarship system for international students. The School of Information Sciences may have some salaried positions for doctoral studies available alongside with the application round for the doctoral study right. These positions must be applied for separately.

There are no tuition fees in doctoral programmes.

Students taking licentiate or doctoral degrees are not eligible to the same student benefits as Bachelor and Master students. Thus living expenses, including lunches and travelling, are higher.

After the right to study has been granted, the Finnish Immigration Service expects all new students from non-EU/EEA countries to apply for a residence permit. At that stage, the students must be able to show to the Finnish Immigration Service that they have a minimum of c. 6 800 euros for the first year of studies or a scholarship to support themselves during the studies. Also a health insurance is needed.


After their admission, doctoral students may apply for student accomodation with TOAS, the local provider of student accomodation.


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 in the School Office the original certificates and transcript for the degrees and studies he/she has referred to in his/her application.

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 loose 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 School requesting re-admission.

Contact information

For information on doctoral admissions please contact Ms Kirsi Tuominen at SIS office.

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