This program covers the widest areas of social science research in Finland: media and communication studies, social and cultural anthropology, social psychology, social and public policy, social work, sociology, and social statistics.
Doctoral research in these fields can cover empirical, experimental, theoretical, textual, historical, comparative, conceptual, applied, strategic and practice-based approaches towards the study of all parts of social life. This can include research on any aspect of people and their relations, interactions, activities, structures, constructions and concepts, beliefs, communications, aesthetics, and material and environmental conditions.
Methodologies can range from the most empirical to the most conceptual or textual, whichever is most appropriate for the question or problem being addressed.
The Doctoral Program in Social Sciences takes seriously the University of Helsinki’s overall mission, which is to provide: “High-quality research and education as well as active social interaction for a better world.” (Mission statement). This mission fits with one of the core values of the university, which is to enhance “economic, intellectual and social wellbeing by offering research results and educating experts for the service of society.”
The Doctoral Program in Social Sciences has a strong commitment to providing the best conditions for doctoral students to carry out their research in the pursuit of this aim, whether their work is entirely conceptual, academic or scientific, or has more of an applied, professional or even commercial, purpose.