Currently, the doctoral studies in the DoCS programme consist of two main parts:
- 58090 Ph.Lic. and Ph.D. Studies in Computer Science (60 cr), and
- 500053 Doctoral thesis in Computer Science.
The actual study module (60 cr), in turn, consists of two parts:
- 58271 Studies in the Field of Research (at least 50 cr), and
- 58272 General PhD studies (at least 10 cr).
The studies in the Field of Research can include courses in Computer Science or in other disciplines related to the field of research of the doctoral candidate, and it must include the PhD student seminar (1-6 cr; sessions 2 times/term until graduation). Other contents of these studies are detailed in the study plan.
The general PhD studies must include studies in philosophy of science, research ethics, general expertise studies, and international scientific activities (at maximum 9 credits). The contents and execution of these studies are detailed in the study plan.
If PhD candidates have some other degree than the MSc in computer science, more than 60 cr may have to be included in their personal study plan.
Starting from 1.8.2017, the doctoral studies in the DoCS programme consist of three parts:
- a doctoral thesis,
- scientific studies (at least 30 credits), and
- studies in transferrable skills (10 credits).
The scientific studies for the doctoral degree in computer science consist of scientific content studies and studies supporting the scientific content.
Courses that are compulsory for all the doctoral candidates in the programme are Research Ethics (or something similar), PhD seminar and Personal study plan, that are all part of the studies supporting the scientific content. In addition to these, the doctoral candidate can include to this part of the studies credits for tasks related to research project planning and and management, or some other studies agreed in the personal study plan.
The scientific content studies can be advanced-level courses and seminars in computer science, or studies in some other disciplines that support the thesis work. In addition to that, credits fo the scientific content studies can be given from participating summer or winter schools, or other studies that are agreed in the personal study plan.
Studies in tranferrable skills
The studies in transferrable skills are similar to all the doctoral programmes in the Doctoral School in Natural Sciences. These studies consist of courses in different skills related to academic work (e.g., scientific writing and presentations skills), international activities and mobility, and societal communication and organising tasks. The courses in transferrable skills are organised by the Doctoral School in Natural Sciences.