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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.

Study and Supervision Plan

Supervision of Doctoral Studies / Reporting on Progress of Studies and Research / Study and Supervision Plan / PhD Supervision Plan / Research Plan / Forms / Studies in Other Schools

Supervision of Doctoral Studies

Each doctoral student is assigned two supervisors (the second supervisor will be named by the end of the first year of studies at the latest). At least one of the supervisors must be a professor or docent employed at the University of Tampere. In special cases, a student can have more than two supervisors. If need be, the Dean can decide to assign a student a new supervisor. Follow-up groups can be used as assistance in supervision.

Reporting on Progress of Studies and Research

Studies and supervision in doctoral programmes are intended to last for four years, and a doctoral degree should be completed in four years. Doctoral students must report on the progress of their studies and research to the School once a year.

Study and Supervisory Plan

Each doctoral student must draw up a personal study and supervisory plan together with his/her supervisors. The plan must specify intended doctoral coursework, course schedule and other modes of study, and the schedule and publication plan for the dissertation. The plan must be drawn up when applying for doctoral studies and it can be updated during the first term of a student's doctoral studies, and his/her dissertation supervisors must approve it. The plan can be submitted to the School's Committee for Doctoral Education for the Committee's information. Approval of the study and supervisory plan will be entered into the study register at the School. The plan must be updated once a year.

PhD Supervision Plan of the Doctoral Programmes

The supervision practices of the doctoral programmes are described in the PhD supervision plan.

If a doctoral student has not been in touch with the supervisor in 2014 but is anxious to continue his/her studies, the student must
- familiarise him/herself with the School's website for Doctoral studies with the instructions and regulations
- write a new study and supervisory plan
- if needed, update also the research plan
- contact the supervisor and make an appointment for a meeting. The student should contact his/her supervisor as soon as possible.

Research Plan

In addition, doctoral students must draw up a research plan, which can be discussed in the doctoral seminar.


Form for Study and Supervisory Plan and other forms relating to doctoral studies are available on the School's website.

Studies in Other Schools

When a student has been granted the right to pursue doctoral studies and has enrolled as present, he/she can take courses in other schools if this has been agreed with the school offering the course and if it has been included in the student's personal study plan. If a student takes a course in another school, the curriculum guide and regulations of that school will be followed.

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