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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.


Information concerning doctoral student's studies will be transferred to the Study Guide during the autumn term 2017.

Please find below both the present and the archived SIS general regulations on postgraduate (Doctoral) degrees

General Regulations concerning Postgraduate (Doctoral) Degrees in 2015–2018

These General Regulations will come into force on1 August 2015.

Unofficial translation – In case of any discrepancies between the Finnish and the English versions, the original Finnish version shall prevail.

The School of Information Sciences offers the following post-master degrees:

  • Licentiate of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral studies are pursued in one of the School's doctoral programmes. The doctoral programmes and major subjects available at the School of Information Sciences are:

Doctoral programme in Information and Systems, majors:

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science

Doctoral programme in Information Studies and Interactive Media, major:

  • Information Studies and Interactive Media

Doctoral programme in Interactive Technology, major:

  • Interactive Technology

REQUIRED STUDIES

To be awarded a doctorate, a doctoral student must, according to the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004),

  1. complete the required doctoral studies,
  2. demonstrate independent and critical thinking in the field of research, and
  3. write a doctoral dissertation and defend it in public.

A licentiate degree is an intermediate but optional step towards the doctoral degree. It consists of doctoral studies and a licentiate thesis.

There are more detailed regulations on the studies to be included in a doctoral degree in the curriculum guides of the doctoral programmes.

Licentiate Degree

To be awarded a licentiate degree (130 ECTS credits), a student must complete the following:

1. Doctoral studies promoting research or professional competence (40 ECTS credits)
More detailed information on the extent, content and mode of studies is provided in the curriculum guides of the doctoral programmes.

2. A licentiate thesis, approved by the SIS Management Board
In general, 90 ECTS credits are awarded for a licentiate thesis.

Licentiate Thesis

1. Licentiate Thesis Form

A licentiate thesis must demonstrate a profound knowledge of the field and its methods, along with the ability to apply these methods independently and critically. It can be a unified study (a monograph) or an integrated entity of scientific publications or manuscripts approved for publication paired with a summary article (an article-based thesis). The objectives, methods and results of the study must be presented in the summary article. Publications may also include co-authored publications if the doctoral student's independent contribution can be shown. If the publications include co-authored articles, the doctoral student must generally be responsible for significant contributions in them.

The doctoral student must also submit to the School a written account of his/her contribution to the publications. This account must be submitted when submitting the thesis for evaluation.

The doctoral student can even apply to have his/her dissertation manuscript accepted as a licentiate thesis after having received permission to publish it. Such a licentiate thesis will not be evaluated.

2. Licentiate Thesis Examination

Before submitting a licentiate thesis for examination, a doctoral student must have his/her supervisor's permission to submit the thesis. All licentiate´s thesis must undergo a plagiarims check conducted by the Turnitin OriginalityCheck programme. The printed thesis will contain a sentence stating that the check has been done.

The student must also ensure that he/she has completed all the courses recorded in his/her personal study and supervision plan before submitting the thesis.

The licentiate thesis is submitted to the School Office for evaluation in three paper copies, each in a binder. The thesis must include an abstract which introduces the research problem, data, research methods and main results of the study. The abstract must be written both in English and in Finnish (or Swedish).

Once the student has been granted permission, he/she must submit the licentiate thesis in electronic format for the library collection and for filing. More detailed instructions are available online at the Library's website.

The supervisor generally proposes examiners after discussing it with the student.

The School will appoint at least two thesis examiners. Before the examiners are appointed, the doctoral student is given the opportunity to comment on the potential unacceptability of prospective examiners if there are doubts as to their impartiality. Once the examiners have been appointed, the School, student and examiners fix the date and time of the public examination and other practical matters.

The examination may be arranged in a doctoral seminar, where the examiners can discuss the work with its author. After the public examination, the examiners submit a written report to the School giving their conclusions. Copies of the examiners' reports are sent to the student five days prior to the SIS Management Board meeting. At this point, the student may wish to submit a response to the reports, and can request that the grading of the thesis be postponed until the next SIS Management Board meeting for this reason.

The SIS Management Board will evaluate and grade the licentiate thesis based on the examiners' reports. The examiners propose a grade.

A petition for reconsideration of the grading of the licentiate thesis must be submitted to the SIS Management Board within 14 days of the announcement of the decision.

If any corrections are made to the thesis during the evaluation process, the corrected pages must be submitted to the School before the licentiate thesis is submitted to the SIS Management Board for grading.

The School Office will respond to any questions regarding the schedule of the evaluation process.

The grading scale for the licentiate thesis is pass - fail.

The major and minor subject study modules included in a licentiate degree will not be graded.

Doctoral Degree

To be awarded a doctoral degree (240 ECTS credits), the student must complete

1. the first requirement above for a licentiate degree, i.e. doctoral studies promoting research or professional competence (40 ECTS credits).

2. a doctoral dissertation, approved by the SIS Management Board after a public defence.
In general, 200 ECTS credits are awarded for a successful doctoral dissertation.

Doctoral Dissertation

1. Dissertation Form

A doctoral dissertation is an independent scientific thesis which must be defended in public.

A dissertation can be a unified study (a monograph) or an integrated entity of scientific publications or manuscripts approved for publication paired with a summary article (an article-based dissertation). The objectives, methods and results of the study must be presented in the summary article. Publications may include co-authored publications. If the publications include co-authored articles, the doctoral student must generally be responsible for significant contributions in them. The doctoral student must also submit to the School a written account of his/her contribution to the publications. This account must be submitted when the manuscript is submitted for preliminary examination. The dissertation itself must also include an account of the author's contribution to co-authored publications.

An article-based dissertation must consist of an adequate number of high-quality publications which have been peer-reviewed.

All the requirements concerning the doctoral dissertation apply not only to a monograph but also to an article-based dissertation.

2. Dissertation Language

The dissertation may be written in Finnish, Swedish or English, or, with the consent of the School, in another language. The manuscript must be written in the same language as the dissertation.

The author of the dissertation must ensure that the manuscript's language is correct and impeccable.

3. Preliminary Examination

Before submitting his/her manuscript, a student must make certain that his/her supervisor considers the dissertation to be ready for examination. All doctoral dissertations must undergo a plagiarims check conducted by the Turnitin OriginalityCheck programme. The printed thesis will contain a sentence stating that the check has been done.

A student must also ensure that he/she has completed all the studies listed in his/her personal study and supervision plan before submitting the manuscript.

To obtain permission to defend it as a doctoral dissertation, the student must submit the manuscript to the School Office in three complete paper copies that are either bound or in a binder.

The student's supervisor usually proposes preliminary examiners after a discussion with the author.

A supervisor of a doctoral student may not act as a preliminary examiner or an opponent for that student. Nor may preliminary examiners ordinarily act as opponents. General guidelines on disqualification due to the likelihood of bias must also be considered.

The School will appoint a minimum of two preliminary examiners who must at least be docents. As a rule, the examiners should not be from the University of Tampere. Before the opponents are appointed, the author of the dissertation is given an opportunity to comment on the potential unacceptability of the prospective examiners. Preliminary examiners are asked to submit a written report on whether the manuscript has such scientific value that permission to defend it as a doctoral dissertation may be granted. If the dissertation is article-based, the preliminary examiners' reports must also indicate whether the themes of the separate publications comprise an integrated set of problems. A preliminary examiner's report must clearly indicate whether or not the examiner recommends that the student be granted the permission to publish and publicly defend the manuscript as a doctoral dissertation; the indication may not be conditional in any way. After the preliminary examination, only changes suggested by or agreed on with the examiners can be made to the manuscript. Typing errors and the like may, however, be corrected.

The School Office will respond to any questions regarding the schedule of the evaluation process.

4. Permission to Publish

Copies of the preliminary examiners' reports regarding permission to publish are sent to the student at least five days prior to the SIS Management Board meeting. At this point, the student may wish to submit a response to the reports. If the student wishes to respond to the reports, he/she can ask that the decision on publication of the dissertation be postponed to the next SIS Management Board meeting.

5. Custos, Opponent and Time and Date of Public Defence

Once permission to publish the dissertation has been granted, the School will appoint a custos, and usually one opponent for the public defence of the dissertation, and a dissertation grading committee. Before the opponent is appointed, the author of the dissertation is given an opportunity to comment on the potential unacceptability of the prospective opponent. The doctoral candidate must contact the custos, opponent and School Office to settle the time and date of the public defence. The School Office will then book a lecture hall for the defence. The SIS Management Board or the Dean is to approve the time and date of the public defence.

6. Publishing the Dissertation

Dissertations are published either in electronic format or in print. Even if a dissertation is published electronically, print copies must be submitted to the School Office as instructed by the Library.

The doctoral candidate must submit the manuscript to be printed and/or submit the manuscript to the University Library for online publication well before the public defence.

The dissertation must be sent to the Library as a PDF file as per the Library's instructions.

If the dissertation is article-based, the articles must be included in print or as copies, and the doctoral candidate must have the publisher's permission to re-publish them. The Library will publish electronic dissertations online in the Acta Electronica Universitatis Tamperensis series. More detailed instructions on publishing a dissertation can be found online at the Library's website together with other useful information for doctoral candidates. Doctoral candidates must also fill in an announcement on the Library's website for a press release. The announcement is made in Finnish and English, and it must be made at least 14 days prior to the public defence. If a publisher refuses permission to publish articles in an article-based dissertation online, only the summary article will be submitted to the Library in electronic format and published online. The summary article must include a full list of all the publications.

The doctoral candidate must submit ten copies of the dissertation to the School at least ten days prior to the public defence. Article-based dissertations must also be submitted to the School in ten complete copies. The manuscript must include a separate title sheet stating the time, date and place of the defence. The sheet must also state that the dissertation will be presented with the permission of the School of Information Sciences.

7. Dissertation Publicity

The dissertation will be available for perusal in the School before the public defence. If the dissertation is also published online, it will be available on the University Library's website.

Details about the defence and availability of the dissertation are published on the School's noticeboards and on the University website at least ten days prior to the defence.

8. Grading the Dissertation

The opponent's written evaluation and the report of a dissertation grading committee will be delivered to the doctoral candidate after the public defence, at least five days prior to the SIS Management Board meeting. The SIS Management Board or the Dean will appoint a dissertation grading committee, which will then submit a grade proposal to the SIS Management Board. The dissertation grading committee is made up of the supervisor(s), the custos, the opponent and at least one docent-level person who knows the field of the dissertation and the School's doctoral education well, and acts as the chair of the grading committee. The dissertation grading committee will consider, for example, the preliminary examiners' reports, the opponent's report and the overall quality of the School's dissertations.

The SIS Management Board will decide whether the doctoral dissertation will be approved and how it will be graded. The doctoral candidate will be given the opportunity to respond to the opponent's report and the evaluation board's grade proposal. The student can ask that the grading of the dissertation be postponed to the next SIS Management Board meeting for this reason. Before the dissertation is graded, the custos will evaluate how well the doctoral candidate defended him/herself.

Pass grades for the doctoral dissertation are approved and approved with distinction. For justified reasons, a particularly distinguished dissertation can be awarded the grade approved with distinction.

A petition for reconsideration of the grading of the dissertation must be submitted to the SIS Management Board within 14 days of the announcement of the decision.

Certificates for Licentiate and Doctoral Degrees

When a doctoral candidate has completed all the required studies, he/she must apply for a degree certificate for a licentiate or doctoral degree. Filled application form must be submitted to the School Office for preparation at least two weeks before the SIS Management Board meeting where the dissertation will be graded. The application must list the contents of the candidate's detailed personal study plan. The applicant should ensure that all courses required according to the curriculum have been taken and registered correctly before submitting his/her application. Application forms are available at the School Office and online at the School's website.

The licentiate degree certificate will state the student's previous degree, the title of the licentiate thesis, the grade awarded for the thesis and the student's field

The doctoral degree certificate will state the student's previous degree, the title of the dissertation, the grade awarded for the dissertation and the doctoral programme and field the dissertation is written for.

Archived documents

General Regulations concerning Postgraduate (Doctoral) Degrees in 2012–2015 (pdf) (valid until 31 July 2015)

 
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Last update: 21.8.2017 13.17 Muokkaa

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