Postgraduate Studies - Applying for Postgraduate Studies
Next round of applications will be held on 18.3.-15.4.2014. Please note that due to the ongoing reform of doctoral education at the University of Helsinki, the instructions for applying given on this site are subject to change. Please come back and check the up-to-date instructions in the beginning of the application period.
NB! Please, always follow the instructions and information on this Website before each application round. Changes in, for example, selection criteria are possible.
Check the language requirements!!!
As the main objective of the doctoral student is a PhD degree, the applicant should make sure that qualified supervision for his/her particular research interests is available at the Faculty of Arts. The applicant must contact the relevant departments and discuss the research proposal, the study plan and arrangements for supervision. Preliminary discussions however, are not binding upon the faculty or its departments.
Postgraduate degrees available within the Faculty of Arts are Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, DPhil) and Licentiate of Philosophy (Lic. Phil.) However, all postgraduate students are admitted to a course leading to a Doctorate. Completing a Licentiate degree first (that is, a degree with a less substantial thesis than that required for a doctorate) is optional. Therefore, the objective of research and study plans submitted with the application should be designated as the PhD degree. Finnish, Swedish and English are the main course languages in the University of Helsinki.
Please note that the Faculty will not be able to process your application unless all requested documents listed below are received either in Finnish, Swedish, English, German, or French.
All applicants wishing to be considered must submit the following documents.
1. Electronic Application (open during the application period.)
2. A research proposal (maximum length 3 pages) in which the applicant should describe his/her proposed doctoral dissertation, how it would link up with existing research, the sources or materials to be used, the applicant´s previous activity in the field and his/her personal qualifications for the task, such as previous studies and any relevant work experience. The applicant should also include a provisional outline of contents for the proposed doctoral dissertation. It should also be indicated whether the thesis would be a monograph or consist of published articles.
3. A study plan (maximum length 1 page) which includes a provisional timetable (full- or part-time study) for the project and details of any other studies which the applicant wishes to include in his/her degree, in addition to the thesis. The applicant should also clarify how he/she intends to fund his/her studies in Helsinki. Course catalogues can be found in WebOodi. The applicant can use the enclosed form to devise a study plan.
4. The title and summary of your Master´s thesis or equivalent, or a description of previous academic publications (maximum length 1 page).
Those who are not graduates of the University of Helsinki should include also (in addition to 1-4):
6. Language skills
Those who are not graduates of universities within the EU should include also (in addition to 1-6):
All applications should be sent to the Faculty Office by using the electronic application (NOT to individual departments or teachers). The required enclosures must be at the faculty by the application closing date. Faxed or emailed applications are not acceptable. Inadequate applications will not be considered!
The required enclosures can be sent to:
Faculty of Arts
If sent via courier service, you can use the following address: