The Doctoral Programme in Law provides high-quality education and an excellent environment for doctoral education in various fields of legal science and law.
The objectives of the Doctoral Programme in Law are
Doctoral researchers must complete the postgraduate studies, demonstrate independent and critical thinking in their field of research, and compose a doctoral dissertation and defend it publicly. A doctoral researcher can complete a research-oriented Licentiate degree once he or she has completed the postgraduate studies determined by the University. The target duration for the doctoral degree is four years of full-time studies. For part-time students, the target duration for completing the doctoral degree is calculated so as to correspond to that of four years of full-time study.
The degree of Doctor of Laws is the primary third-cycle degree for students striving towards a research career and for others in need of a research education. Doctoral researchers working towards a doctoral degree may complete the research-oriented Licentiate degree either as an intermediate degree on a path to the doctoral degree or as an independent degree.
The degree programme comprises a compulsory theoretical and methodological part common to all students, field-specific studies, as well as studies offered by the doctoral school and the doctoral programme.
During the first two years, students develop their theoretical and methodological skills, acquaint themselves with the research theme and with information relevant to their major subject, as well as gain further competence in practical subjects and research ethics. Networking, collaboration and connections with relevant research environments in both Finland and abroad are emphasised at this stage. During the third and fourth years of studies, students focus on their dissertation and related research. They also attend courses and participate in other education, if required.
general information on doctoral education: email@example.com
questions related to applying for doctoral study rights and the examination of doctoral theses: the Faculty’s Postgraduate Studies Coordinators, who can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
registration of study modules, degree diplomas: Porthania Student Services
The Faculty’s Committee for Research and Research Education along with the steering committee of the Doctoral Programme in Law are in charge of planning and organising postgraduate training and issuing necessary instructions at the Faculty level. Professor Tuomas Ojanen serves as the director of the Doctoral Programme in Law.