The spring round of applications will be held from March 1st to March 31st, 2017.
The applications, along with all the required attachments, must be submitted by the end of the application period. Applications are submitted via an electronic application form, which closes at 11.59 PM (Helsinki time) on the last day of the round of applications. Attachments delivered by mail must also arrive to the Postgraduate Student Services by the end of the application period. The instructions for applicants are subject to updates - please check up-to-date instructions at the start of the application period.
All applicants of the spring round of applications will be informed of the decision by mail in early June.
Study rights granted in the spring round of applications will be valid from August 1st, 2017.
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. Before applying, the applicant must contact the staff at the relevant discipline at one of the Faculty's four departments and discuss the research proposal, the study plan and arrangements for supervision. Preliminary discussions are not binding upon the faculty or its departments, but as the availability of supervision is a central criterion, contacting the teaching staff at the relevant discipline is a very important step in the applications process. Please note that the Faculty will not be able to process your application unless all the requested documents listed below are received in either Finnish, Swedish, English, German or French.
All applicants wishing to be considered must submit the following documents:
1. Electronic Application (form open during the application period) and as a part of the electronic application form points 2-4. Please note that information on the decision regarding your study right will be sent using the contact information provided in the application - fill in all the required information carefully and notify us if your address or other contact information changes after you have submitted the application.
2. A research proposal. In the research proposal, the applicant should describe the topic of his/her proposed doctoral dissertation, how it would link up with existing research, the sources or materials and methods 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 will be a monograph or consist of published articles. If the dissertation will be article-based, please include also a preliminary outline of the number and content of the articles that will be included. We recommend that applicants use the University of Helsinki research plan template to draw up their research plan. On the application form, the research plan is divided into three parts:
- points 1–4 on the template, maximum length 9999 characters, including spaces
- points 5–8 pm the template, maximum length 9999 characters, including spaces
- the most important research literature and/or sources, maximum length 2000 characters, including spaces
Please note that no full CV should be sent: all personal information relevant to the application must be included in the application form and the research proposal.
If the research proposal is presented in either German or French, a summary of it (about 1 page) in Finnish, Swedish, or English must be attached.
3. A study plan. Maximum length 4000 characters, including spaces. The study plan presents a provisional plan and timetable for the studies the applicant wishes to include in his/her degree in addition to the thesis.
Discipline-specific studies –module (30 credits) consists of studies supporting the development of research skills relevant to the field and can include studies for example from the following areas: research seminar, research ethics, internationalization, philosophy of science, methodological and theoretical studies, central research literature and other studies supporting the dissertation work.
General competence studies –module (10 credits) consists of studies related to acquiring different kinds of skills to prepare for professional life, for example from the following areas: academic writing, science communication, university pedagogy, language studies, management and leadership, project management, scientific administration and popularizing research.
In the spring 2017 round of applications, the study plans will be drawn up to fit to a new degree structure that will be put into operation on August 1st, 2017. The planning of the new degree structure is still in the works. For that reason, the study plans included in the applications are not expected to be very specific – the important thing is that the applicants show that they have made tentative plans on what kind of studies would best support their own dissertation work and drawn up a provisional timetable for completing them. The attached model can be used as an aid to drawing up the timetable for the study plan.
4. The title and summary of your Master´s thesis or equivalent, or a description of previous academic publications (maximum length 4000 characters, including spaces).
In addition to completing points 1-4 in the electronic application, those applicants who are not graduates of the University of Helsinki should also send us the following documents by post:
5. A copy of your previous degree certificate (Master's degree or equivalent). This copy must be officially certified (legalised), i.e. it must bear the stamp and signature of an official entitled to attest documents: an authorised official of the school or university that has granted the degree, a notary public, a commissioner of oaths etc. The University of Helsinki does not attest any documents or photocopies. A sworn/official translator must make all translations.
6. Verification of language skills. Applicants must have sufficient skills in the languages needed for postgraduate studies. The language skills necessary for completing the doctoral dissertation and postgraduate studies in the major subject applied for will be assessed by the relevant discipline on the basis of the initial and other discussions with the applicant as well as the application documents. In their statements, the disciplines will indicate whether the applicants have sufficient skills in the languages needed for postgraduate studies. In the last resort, the Committee for Postgraduate Studies will assess the language skills.
In addition to requiring sufficient language skills in the language of study, the Faculty of Arts also requires its students to have language skills in Finnish, Swedish, or English. Language skills will be assessed according to the general guidelines issued by the Rector for student admissions at the University of Helsinki. Please note that the language test results must be sent directly to the Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Student Services together with the other required documents.
Further information on the means of demonstrating language skills in Finnish >>
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Further information on the means of demonstrating language skills in English >>
Only the means of demonstration mentioned in the instructions above are accepted. If the applicant has graduated from the University of Helsinki and the completed language courses are recorded in the Student Register, no separate certificates of language skills are required. Graduates of other universities must submit a certificate of their language skills in accordance with the instructions.
Applicants who are not graduates of universities within the EU must also include (in addition to 1-6):
7. A detailed transcript of your studies at your previous university. The transcript must be officially certified (legalised), i.e. it must bear the stamp and signature of an official entitled to attest documents: an authorised official of the school or university that has granted the transcript, a notary public, a commissioner of oaths etc. The University of Helsinki does not attest any documents or photocopies. A sworn/official translator must make all translations.
Submitting the application
All applications must be submitted by using the electronic application form. The required attachments must be sent by post to the faculty's Postgraduate Student Services and must be at the faculty by the application closing date.
Emailed applications and/or attachments are not accepted. Inadequate applications will not be considered.
The required attachments can be sent to:
Postgraduate Student Services
Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Theology
P.O. Box 24
00014 University of Helsinki
If sent via courier service, please use the following address:
Postgraduate Student Services
Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Theology
Unioninkatu 40, 3rd floor
If you have questions you couldn't find the answer to from this website, you can contact the staff at the Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Student Services.