Need help? Looking for a supervisor? From this page, you'll find the contact information for the administrative personnel the doctoral programme, as well as information on the steering group of the programme and on how to find supervision.

Päivi Väätänen
Planning Officer for the Doctoral Programme in Theology and Religious Studies
+358 2941 23350

Jutta Kajander & Anniina Sjöblom
Postgraduate Student Services for the Faculty of Theology (questions related to applying for doctoral study rights, doctoral study rights and the examination of doctoral theses)
+358 2941 22351, +358 2941 21610


Prof. Sami Pihlström
Director of the Doctoral Programme in Theology and Religious Studies
+358 2941 23456

Steer­ing com­mit­tee

The Doctoral Programme in Theology and Religious Studies has a director and a steering committee developing the operations of the programme.

Professor Sami Pihlström (Director of the programme)
Professor Anne Birgitta Pessi (Deputy Director of the programme)
Professor Martti Nissinen
Professor Jouko Talonen
University Lecturer Johanna Konttori
Doctoral student representative Heidi Rautalahti
Doctoral student representative Sofia Holopainen

Secretary of the committee: Planning officer for the Programme Päivi Väätänen

Find­ing su­per­vision

Each doctoral student should have at least two supervisors, of whom at least one is in a permanent or long-term employment to the faculty awarding the doctoral student's target degreen, and at least one holds the title of docent or similar scientific qualifications. In addition to the supervisors, each doctoral candidate must also have a responsible professor (who can also be one of the supervisors).

Before starting your search for a supervisor, please read the more detailed criteria placed on supervision, described in the selection criteria of the doctoral programme in the Admissions-section of this page.

A list of Faculty of Theology staff contact details.

Su­per­vi­sion agree­ment

The student and supervisor draft a supervision agreement at their first meeting after the right to study has been granted. The supervision agreement aims to improve the student’s and supervisor’s commitment to the project as well as clarify their respective responsibilities as to the progress of the studies. The supervision agreement provides at least the schedule of the doctoral studies and dissertation project concerning when (how often) the student and supervisor meet, as well as how and how often the student reports on his or her progress. The supervision agreement should also provide for the distribution of labour between the supervisors. A copy of the supervision agreement is shared and kept with all the supervisors and the supervisee.

The common tools used by the student and supervisor are the research plan compiled at the beginning of the studies and the personal study plan, PSP, which is reviewed on a regular basis over the course of the supervision process. The supervisor and postgraduate student communicate with each other several times per academic year depending on the intensity of the research and other studies. It is recommended that the postgraduate student and the supervisor discuss the status of the studies, the student’s participation in research seminars and the progress made at least once per term.

Supervision agreement in the Doctoral Programme in Theology and Religious Studies.