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.
Doctoral Programmes | Requirements | Application Procedure | Application Deadlines | Decision on Admission and supervisors | Supervisor | Student enrolment | Visiting Postgraduate Students | Postgraduate Studies as a Part of International Co-operation
Licentiate’s and Doctor’s degrees are pursued in some of the four doctoral programmes offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences (former School of Social Sciences and Humanities).
The doctoral programmes in the Faculty of Social Sciences:
The doctoral programme in Social Sciences includes the disciplines of Gender Studies, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Social Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Youth Research and the research field of Peace and Conflict Research.
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The prerequisite for admission to postgraduate studies is a Master’s degree completed in Finland, or a corresponding degree (M.A., M.Sc.) completed at a foreign institution of higher education. The major subject included in the applicant’s Master’s degree or equivalent should be the same as the prospective major subject of the Doctor’s degree including a thesis or, alternatively, the applicant should have completed corresponding advanced studies in that particular subject. The professor of the prospective major subject decides on the correspondence of the applicant’s former studies.
The primary criterion for admission is a feasible research plan and previously demonstrated success in studies. In addition, the studies included in the applicant’s degree and other university-level studies or other possible research merits contributing to the dissertation are taken into consideration.
The research plan should include the following information:
The recommended length of the research plan is five to eight pages (Times New Roman 12p).
When assessing the research plan, the suitability of the topic for the research profile of the Faculty is taken into consideration, as well as the resources within the discipline.
Also a preliminary study plan for the doctoral studies is required, including reasons for applying and the objectives of the studies.*)
The applicant’s capacity and suitability for doctoral studies are assessed by using the following criteria:
The resources that the Faculty of Social Sciences has for organising the doctoral education and supervision are also taken into account. The Faculty may limit the number of students due to a lack of resources and staff; thus, all applicants cannot be accepted. Approximately 30 students are accepted every year.
There are two application periods: April and October. The decisions will be made before a new term begins.
The next application period is in April 2018 by which time the application form and the enclosures must be saved into the system.
Applicants for doctoral degree are required to complete an electronic application form.
Before preparing and submitting the application, the applicant should contact the professor in charge of the prospective major subject in order to find out whether the applicant’s research topic fits into the research profile of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Please find the contact information below.
Doctoral Programme in Philosophy: Professor Arto Laitinen
Doctoral Programme in History: Professor Marjaana Niemi
Doctoral Programme in Psychology and Logopaedics:
Psychology: Professor Jari Hietanen
Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences:
Peace and Conflict Research: Professor Tarja Väyrynen
Social Anthropology: Professor Laura Huttunen
Social Policy: Professor Anneli Anttonen
Social Psychology: Professor Johanna Ruusuvuori
Social Work: Professor Hannele Forsberg
The applicant must provide detailed information on the following points:
Certificates of language skills - For students planning to study in English, the following scores are required:
Certificates of language skills – For students planning to study in Finnish
Applicants who have taken their Master's studies and obtained their Master's degree in English in one of the following countries (and in the following countries only!) are exempt from the language test: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Also the students who have taken their Master's studies at the University of Tampere are exempt from the language test.
Furthermore, it is advisable to also attach other certificates of any further language tests to the application, especially of language tests in Finnish, Swedish, German or French.
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.
The application forms of the accepted students are filed and stored at the School Office.
Please fill in the online application form here.
Instructions for applying for the doctoral study right in the electronic system.
We strongly recommend to avoid last minute submission of the application.
The right to study is granted for a Doctor’s degree, but it is also possible to complete the corresponding Licentiate’s degree only.
The first supervisor should be a professor or a docent in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The second supervisor may be a person who holds a doctoral degree and has sufficient merits in the discipline, even from outside the School. In filling the application form, the applicant also has the possibility to wish for a certain supervisor from within the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Should a student need a new supervisor, the student or the supervisor can contact the study coordinator, who discusses the matter with the professor in charge of the doctoral programme or the Dean of the Faculty and, after that, prepares a Dean’s decision on the change of the supervisor. The change of the supervisor is also noted in the student’s academic record. When necessary, the Postgraduate Committee may also deal with matters related to supervision. Please find information on the cancellation of supervision here.
The application forms of the accepted students are filed and stored at the School Office.
The 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 admission results.
All postgraduate students must enrol with the University at the beginning of each academic year, either as present or absent. Only students enrolled as present may participate in instruction and pursue studies at the University. The enrolment takes place in the Registrar's Office in the University’s main building.
If a postgraduate student fails to register, he or she loses the right to study for the degree. If the student later wishes to continue the studies, he or she must submit a written application to the Registrar’s Office, or to the Dean if more than one year has passed since the last enrolment.
Thus far, no tuition fees have been collected from degree students at Finnish universities. Postgraduate students may join the Student Union of the University of Tampere if they wish. The optional membership fee for postgraduate students is €49 per academic year, and it is paid with a bank transfer attached to the letter of acceptance. If the student does not wish to join the Student Union, the registration can be completed by visiting the Registrar’s Office, by mail, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via the electronic NettiOpsu service for students.
The School of Social Sciences and Humanities may also admit visiting postgraduate students from the School’s partner universities, or students from other universities applying for admission on an individual basis.
A student applying for the status of a visiting postgraduate student must fill in the application form at http://www.uta.fi/admissions/exchange/application.php. The guidelines provided on the webpages are to be followed. The Dean decides on the admission based on a statement given by the professor of the intended major subject. The application deadlines are 15 May for the autumn semester and 15 October for the spring semester.
If a postgraduate degree is meant to be organised in co-operation with a foreign university (called cotutelle degrees), the student’s first supervisor should contact the study coordinator already at the beginning of the process, in order to ensure that every aspect of the co-operation are considered and all the necessary agreements correctly made. In the co-operation arrangements, all the rules and regulations of the University of Tampere should be followed. A written agreement on co-operation will be accepted by the Dean, following these rules.