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.
For further information, please contact admissions[at]helsinki.fi
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
Applications are submitted using an electronic application form, which will be open during the application period. Application form closes at 3 PM (Helsinki time) on the last day of the round of applications.
All applicants must submit the following documents as part of their application (points 1–3 are integrated in the electronic application form; points 4–6 are submitted as scanned attachments):
All applicants wishing to be considered must submit the following documents:
1. 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.
The following fields related to the research plan are included in the electronic application form (the number in parentheses indicates the maximum number of characters per field, spaces included):
- Brief summary of the research plan (1500)
- Significance of the project in relation to current knowledge (1500)
- Motivation for conducting doctoral research (1500)
- Objectives of the research (2000)
- Effects and impact beyond academia (500)
- Research methods (2000)
- Research material to be used and its significance for the research project (1000)
- Data management plan (1500)
- Critical points for success, alternative implementation strategies (500)
- Ethical issues (1000)
- Publication plan (including a preliminary outline of a monograph) (1000)
- Methods for ensuring open access (more information available on the University Library's website
- Schedule for the research (500)
- Funding plan for research and doctoral studies (500)
- Applied funding and salaried positions (500)
- Motivation for choosing the University of Helsinki as the site of doctoral research and motivation for selecting the doctoral programme (500)
- Mobility plan (500)
- The most important research literature and/or sources (1000)
2. A study plan that must be approved by the supervisor. Please acquaint yourself with the doctoral programme’s curriculum before drawing up your study plan. The curriculum is available at WebOodi.
3. The title and summary of your Master´s thesis or equivalent, or a description of previous academic publications (maximum length 4000 characters, including spaces).
4. Supervision contract that must be signed by the applicant, responsible 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.
Note. The responsible professor may, in exeptional cases and for a justified reason, also be a person who is a docent, is familiar with the doctoral training and dissertation practices in the University of Helsinki and is in a permanent employment in the Faculty. In this case, the supervision arrangements go to the evaluation of the steering committee of the Doctoral Programme.
5. 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.
6. Verification of language skills. The University of Helsinki demands an indication of academic level language skills of all applicants. Please acquaint yourself with the options for verifying your language skills in either Finnish, Swedish or English in good time before applying.
NB. If you have completed your previous degree in Finnish, the degree certificate is an acceptable way of demonstrating academic Finnish language skills.
N.B. Applicants who have not completed their previous degree in the University of Helsinki must also send officially certified copies of the documents mentioned in points 5. and 6. by post. For more information on the means of having the documents officially certified, please see here.
SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION
The applications, along with the required additional documents, must be submitted by the end of the application period. Applications are submitted using an electronic application form, which closes at 3 PM (Helsinki time) on the last day of the round of applications.
Those applicants who are required to send certified copies of the additional documents by post must make sure that these documents arrive by the end of the application period.
Applications and additional documents sent by email are not accepted. Incomplete applications are not considered.
Where to submit documents, please see here. For further information, please contact admissions[at]helsinki.fi
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.