A doctorate at the Faculty of Theology?

Doctoral education at the University of Helsinki is organised in doctoral programmes that provide supervision and teaching to doctoral students. Each doctoral programme is part of one of the University’s four doctoral schools. The Faculty of Theology is responsible for the Doctoral Programme in Theology and Religious Studies. Additionally, a doctoral degree in the field of theology can be completed in four other doctoral programmes coordinated by other faculties.

A doctoral study right is always applied to from a specific doctoral programme, but the degrees are awarded by the faculties. When applying to a doctoral programme, the applicant chooses a target degree and home faculty based on their academic background and the discipline of the planned doctoral thesis.

The target degrees that can be completed at the Faculty of Theology are Doctor of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy. Applicants aiming for the Doctor of Theology degree must hold either a Master of Theology degree completed in a Finnish University or a comparable foreign Master’s degree in the field of Theology. Applicants aiming for the Doctor of Philosophy degree can apply with a relevant second-cycle degree other than a Master of Theology or an equivalent degree from a university outside Finland.

A doctoral degree in the field of theology can be completed in the Doctoral Programme in Theology and Religious Studies, as well as in four doctoral programmes coordinated by other faculties.

It's best to discuss the choice of doctoral programme in advance with the supervisor. Most of the doctoral students at the Faculty of Theology choose the Doctoral Programme in Theology and Religous Studies.

More information on applying for a doctoral study right is available in the University's general instructions for applicants as well as on each doctoral programme's website, where you can find more detailed information on the application process and selection criteria in that particular programme.

The University’s professors and principal investigators supervise doctoral students involved in doctoral programmes in their own field of specialisation. Further information on supervisors in different doctoral programmes is also available on each doctoral programme's website.

The University allocates resources to doctoral programmes for a number of salaried doctoral student positions, but most of the students in the programmes receive funding from other sources or pursue their degree while working elsewhere.

Doctoral students of the Faculty of Theology can belong to the following doctoral programmes (the responsible faculty for each programme is indicated in brackets):

All of the above programmes are part of the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences.