Contact Information

English Philology belongs to the Department of Modern Languages.

P.O. Box 24 (Unioninkatu 40 B)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Research and postgraduate studies > Postgraduate Studies

Postgraduate studies in English lead to Licentiate in Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Before applying, you should first discuss the topic of your research with a professor of English Philology. The applications are processed by the Faculty of Arts. For more information on the details of the application procedures, see:

General enquiries about postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Arts can be addressed by e-mail to hum-postgrad (at)

All enrolled postgraduate students of English Philology are added to our mailing list (eng-postgrad (at) and to the Faculty’s postgraduate mailing list (hum-postgrad (at)


You must enrol at the University General Information Office (Neuvontatoimisto, Ground floor, Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33) within a month of being accepted as a postgraduate student. You must renew your registration each year by September 1st or you will lose your place at the University.

Study Requirements

The sudy requirements for the PhD degree can be found on WebOodi (Course catalogues -> Course data and degree structures -> Doctor of Philosophy, English Philology).


Students with an MA or equivalent are accepted to the graduate programme on the basis of their research plan, and a commitment from one of the professors to guide the prospective scholar through the programme. The student and their supervisor(s) sign an agreement which outlines the ground rules of postgraduate study and supervision. PhD supervision takes place:

  • Individually, so the postgraduate student and the supervisor together take on responsibility for getting the thesis done.
  • In postgraduate seminars.
  • In projects and research units at the subject of English Philology.
  • Through cooperation in seminars and projects at other departments and within the new department of Modern Languages at the University of Helsinki.
  • By encouraging postgraduate students to present papers at national and international conferences.
  • Through longer or shorter research periods at universities abroad.
  • Through participation in one of the national graduate schools.
  • Ideally, a PhD should take four years of full-time work.


The best source of information on funding in your particular research area is your (prospective) supervisor.

Forms for postgraduate students