N.B. These instructions are under construction! Please check this site for up-to-date instructions in the beginning of August.
Planning to apply for a doctoral study right at our programme? To start with, please read the University’s general instructions for doctoral applicants.
Once you’re acquainted with those, come back here to read more about the programme-specific selection criteria and instructions for applicants.
WHO CAN APPLY
According to the Universities Act (558/2009) section 37 eligible applicants for studies leading to a postgraduate research degree have completed
- An applicable second-cycle university degree,
- An applicable second-cycle degree from a university of applied sciences, or
- An applicable education at an institution abroad providing eligibility for equivalent higher education in the country in question.
An applicant may also be admitted to pursue a postgraduate research degree if the University finds him or her to have otherwise obtained the required knowledge and skills.
The doctoral degrees available within the Doctoral Programme in School, Education, Society and Culture (SEDUCE) are Doctor of Philosophy (Education) and Doctor of Philosophy. The Doctor of Philosophy (Education) degree is only available to students who have completed advanced studies in education. All successful applicants are admitted to complete a doctoral degree, but they can choose to first complete a Licentiate degree.
The Faculty Council grants the right to complete a doctoral degree. In order for an applicant to be admitted into postgraduate education, the Faculty must deem that his or her degree and education provide sufficient qualifications for completing a postgraduate degree and the Doctoral Programme must support the application.
To be able to apply, you need to have all the studies required for the degree you apply with completed, graded and registered by the end of the relevant application period. Applicants who are currently pursuing postgraduate studies elsewhere must outline in their application the scholarly grounds for transferring to the University of Helsinki.
HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY
Doctoral Programme in School, Education, Society and Culture has two application periods for doctoral study rights each year – one in the spring and one in the fall. A doctoral study right can only be gained through the admissions process.
The next rounds of applications will be held from
- September 1st to September 14th, 2017
- April 3rd to April 16th, 2018
The applications, along with the required additional documents, 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.
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 2-5.
2. A research proposal. Please use the University of Helsinki research plan template to draw up your research plan. You can also read the article by Kai Hakkarainen (2014), Structure and content of an academic research proposal.
3. A study plan that must be signed by the applicant and supervisor. Please acquaint yourself with the doctoral programme’s curriculum before drawing up your study plan. The curriculum is available at WebOodi.
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).
5. Supervision contract that must be signed by the applicant, coordinating professor, supervisors and the Vice Dean Jari Lavonen. Remember to also check any remuneration protocol. Unless your supervisors are full-time employees at the Faculty, they may expect remuneration for their supervision work. For further information on the requirements placed on supervision, please see the selection criteria section on this page. Education coordinator will ask for the Vice Dean's signature.
6. Copies of your previous degree certificate(s) (Master's degree or equivalent and potential Bachelor's degree)
7. Transcript of records for your previous degree(s) (Master's degree or equivalent and potential Bachelor's degree)
8. Verification of language skills, if applicable (see instructions for English, Finnish or Swedish)
Additional documents to be sent by post (applicants whose previous degree is not from the University of Helsinki):
9. A copy of your previous degree certificate (Master's degree or equivalent) and a copy of a detailed transcript of studies included in the degree. Copies of these documents must be officially certified. All educational documents must be either officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised, unless the degree has been awarded by the University of Helsinki. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish Notary Public will also be accepted. Please note, however, that there are country-specific document requirements in place for some degree-awarding countries. Documents from these countries must be attested or submitted in a certain way. These Country-Specific Requirements must be followed first and foremost, before any regular requirements for attesting documents.
10. Verification of language skills. The University of Helsinki demands an indication of academic level language skills of all applicants. For information on the options of verifying your language skills in either Finnish, Swedish or English, please see here.
NB. If you have completed your previous degree in Finnish, the degree certificate is an acceptable way of demonstrating academic Finnish language skills.
Further information about required educational documents can be found here.
SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION
All applications must be submitted using the electronic application form. The required additional documents must be sent by post and must arrive by the end of the application period.
Applications and additional documents sent by email are not accepted. Incomplete applications are not considered.
The required additional documents should be sent to:
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
If sent via courier service, please use the following address:
Admission Services / University of Helsinki
Fabianinkatu 33, 1st floor
Should you have any questions about the postgraduate study right application process, contact: edu-research(at)helsinki.fi.
Please find practical information about studying in Helsinki at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/the-helsinki-programme.