In the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tampere, postgraduate studies can also be pursued in graduate schools, which in most disciplines were established in 1995. The graduate schools operate either as nation-wide organisations covering adjacent fields or as local organisations covering multiple fields of study. Every graduate school has a certain number positions with a salary for full time Ph.D. studies. These positions are filled through a formal application procedure, for a maximum period of four years. A number of graduate schools will also admit postgraduate students who receive funding from elsewhere, e.g. trust funds.
The School of Social Sciences and Humanities is involved in e.g. the following national graduate schools (additional information available on the website of the schools):
The graduate schools organise many postgraduate courses and postgraduate students attending a graduate school have better access to more continuous guidance and other support (such as financial aid for study excursions) than students who do not attend a graduate school. The courses of the graduate schools are usually open to all interested postgraduate students. The schools cooperate in organising courses, resource allocation and informing the students.