History and cultural heritage are central themes of the programme. The thematic and interdisciplinary analysis of these themes ranges from historical change, memory and politics of history to the material, intangible, textual, oral, auditive and visual culture as well as to the built environment. History and culture are approached locally, regionally and globally, and the exploration covers a wide time-span from pre-historical times to the recent past and even the future. Interdisciplinary humanistic perspectives (including archaeology, art history, European ethnology, folklore studies, history, study of religions) are combined with the approaches of education, law, and theology.
- A community of 210 doctoral students from Finland and around the world
- Disciplines represented: archaeology, art history, cultural heritage studies, ethnology, folklore studies, museology, history, study of religions
- More than 70 expert supervisors with a substantial academic record
- Admissions: twice a year – 25 new doctoral students admitted each year
- University-funded doctoral candidate positions: call for applications once a year
- Can I complete my degree in English? Yes, you can!
- Want to know how others did it before you? Browse our recent doctoral theses at the university’s open digital archive.
Did you know? In the University of Helsinki, there are three specialists in medieval studies who have received the prestigious ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grant: José Filipe Pereira da Silva (Philosophy, Faculty of Arts), Samu Niskanen (History, Faculty of Arts), and Jaakko Tahkokallio (National Library of Finland). And yes, you got it right, we are planning to set up a Centre for Medieval Studies!