Doctoral studies

Approximately 150 doctors graduate yearly from the University of Jyväskylä. We educate research professionals and competent and versatile experts in various fields for the needs of society.

Doctoral studies

Approximately 160 doctors graduate yearly from the University of Jyväskylä. We educate research professionals and competent and versatile experts in various fields for the needs of society. At the University, there are 17 doctoral programmes running in six faculty-based doctoral schools. Study rights for doctoral studies are applied for from the faculty, and doctoral training takes place in the doctoral programmes.

To be awarded a doctorate, the student admitted to doctoral training must (Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, section 22):

  • complete the required postgraduate studies;
  • demonstrate independent and critical thinking in the field of research;
  • write a doctoral dissertation and defend it in public, or submit other public theses or skills demonstrations required by the University.

The extent of postgraduate studies varies between a minimum of 30 ECTS credits and a maximum of 60 ECTS credits depending on the faculty. The scope of the dissertation is designed so that the doctoral degree can be completed within four years of full-time work.

Eligibility for doctoral training

Eligible applicants for studies leading to an academic or artistic licentiate or doctoral degree have completed (Universities Act 558/2009, section 37)

  1. a relevant master’s degree awarded by a university;
  2. a relevant master’s degree awarded by a university of applied sciences; or
  3. a relevant study programme abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for the corresponding level of higher education.

The University may require a student admitted to study for an academic or artistic licentiate or doctoral degree to complete the necessary supplementary studies in order to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for the study programme. The faculty decides the extent of supplementary studies. The supplementary studies are not included in the licentiate or doctoral degree.

Admission criteria

The University of Jyväskylä requires that a student selected for doctoral studies has sufficient basic knowledge of the discipline in which the dissertation is to be completed and has received at least the grade of Good, 3/5 or another corresponding grade for the master’s thesis. Doctoral student admission follows detailed admission requirements prepared by the faculties on the basis of the following general admission criteria:

  • success in studies that provide eligibility for doctoral studies
  • appropriate language skills required for the studies
  • the suitability of the research subject for the research strategy of the department/faculty
  • the level and feasibility of the research and study plan
  • the availability of expert supervision and the sufficiency of related resources
  • the doctoral student’s commitment to complete the degree

Language proficiency requirements

Students selected for doctoral degree programmes are required to have proficiency in Finnish or English at the admission stage. No certificate in the proficiency of Finnish or English is required if the applicant has completed in Finland a higher education degree (i.e. master’s level or higher) that provides eligibility for the doctoral studies. No certificate in the proficiency of English is required if the applicant has completed a higher education degree (i.e. master’s level or higher) that provides eligibility for the doctoral studies in English in an EU/EEA country, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The language of examination must have been English and the thesis must have been written in English. The language of examination must be detailed in the degree certificate or its attachment, the study transcript or other official document issued by the higher education institution concerned.

Other applicants who are planning to write their dissertations in English must demonstrate their English language proficiency. It can be demonstrated by the following international language proficiency certificates TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System), CAE (a Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English) or CPE (a Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate of Proficiency in English), PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English) or the National Certificate of Language Proficiency. The following levels are the minimum requirements for international language proficiency tests:

  • TOEFL PBT/iBT: 627 (paper-based) / 95 (internet-based)
  • IELTS Academic: 7
  • CAE: passing levels A, B or C
  • CPE: passing levels A, B C or Level C1
  • PTE Academic: 76

The Pearson test of English, IELTS Academic and TOEFL certificates are valid for two years. The certificate must be valid until the end date of the application period. Please note that the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test that was launched in October 2017 is not accepted. The National Certificate of Language Proficiency must be passed with the skill level 5 (Advanced level test) in all skill components (speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension).

Other applicants whose mother tongue is not Finnish and who are planning to write the dissertation in Finnish must demonstrate their Finnish language proficiency. It can be demonstrated by the civil service language proficiency certificate, which must be passed with good speaking and writing skills, or with the National Certificate of Language Proficiency, which must be passed with the skill level 5 (Advanced level test) in all skill components (speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension). The applicant must have completed the National Certificate of Language Proficiency in 2012 or thereafter.

Depending on the study option, the language skill requirements may be stricter than mentioned above. Check the language skill requirements from the faculty-specific application guidelines.

Application for doctoral training

At the University of Jyväskylä, there are 17 doctoral programmes running in six faculty-based doctoral schools. Study rights for doctoral studies are applied for from the faculty, and doctoral training takes place in the doctoral programmes. Faculties organise application process for their doctoral programmes once or twice a year.

Timetables of application rounds in 2019

 

Spring 2019  

Autumn 2019

Application round opens

1 March 2019

1 August 2019

Deadline for applications

29 March 2019 at 15:00 (GMT+2)

30 August 2019 at 15:00 (GMT+3)

Applicants are informed of results by

17 May 2019

18 October 2019

Study place to be accepted by

7 June 2019 at 15:00 (GMT+3)

8 November 2019 (GMT+2)

The programme starts

1 August 2019

1 January 2020

 Main stages in applying for doctoral training

1)      Check your eligibility

  • Begin preparing your application well in time before the deadline.
  • Familiarise yourself with the general application guidelines and the application guidelines issued by the faculty-specific doctoral school (see the links below).
  • Check your eligibility for the postgraduate studies. If needed, ask for further information from the doctoral school concerned.
  • Check whether you need a certificate of your Finnish or English language proficiency. If needed, ask for further information from the doctoral school concerned.
  • Think of a tentative research topic or theme area on which you would like to write your dissertation. Familiarise yourself also with the dissertation requirements of the University of Jyväskylä as well as with the respective roles of the doctoral student, supervisor and follow-up group.

2)      Find out the availability of relevant supervision

  • As instructed in the faculty-specific application guidelines, contact the representative of the subject in the unit providing doctoral training in your field of science (faculty, department or independent institute) to arrange supervision for your doctoral studies.
  • As instructed in the faculty-specific application guidelines, discuss with the representative of the subject or with your possible supervisor about your research plan, doctoral study plan, and financing plan for your doctoral studies.

3)      Submit your application

  • Ensure that you have everything needed for the application, including your research plan and doctoral study plan, and other necessary attachments (officially certified (attested) or legalised copy of your master’s degree certificate, officially certified (attested) or legalised transcript of records, official translations of your degree certificate and transcript of records, a language proficiency certificate).
  • Using the electronic application form, submit your application with attachments by the end of the application period.

Faculty-specific guidelines for applying for doctoral training and contact information for further information

Application form

The online application form will be available in the Studyinfo.fi portal only during the application period. Even if you are applying to more than one doctoral programme at the University of Jyväskylä, please fill in only one form. On the form, you are asked to choose the programme(s) you are applying to.

Please note that it is not possible to save a draft of the application form. If you close the form without submitting it, the information you have entered on the form will be lost. After submitting the form, you will receive a link via email, through which you can make changes to the form until the end of the application period.

Please use the most recent version of Mozilla Firefox browser to fill in and submit the application.

Attachments

Documents required from all applicants

  • Research plan
  • Doctoral study plan

Documents must be in English, Finnish or Swedish.

Educational documents

  • Officially certified (attested) copy of higher education (master’s) degree diploma
  • Officially certified (attested) transcript of records

Attachment requirements:

Translations

  • Official translation of higher education (master’s) degree diploma
  • Official translation of transcript of records

Required if the document is issued in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish.

Attachment requirements:

A certificate of language proficiency

Attachment requirements: How to verify your language skills

Authorisation for release of information from education records

Not required from applicants whose prior education is completed in Finland.

Faculty-specific documents

Other documents required in the faculty-specific application guidelines e.g. CV.

Admission decisions

The applications are assessed in doctoral school or doctoral programme -specific groups. The applicants’ eligibility and the correctness of application documents are verified.

The faculty grants the doctoral study rights. The spring admission decisions will be notified to applicants no later than on 17 May 2019 and the autumn admission decisions no later than on 18 October 2019.

A party dissatisfied with a student admission decision may appeal by submitting a request for rectification to the Appeal Committee (Degree Regulations of the University of Jyväskylä, 16 March 2015, section 58). Rectification must be requested in writing within 14 days from the date of publishing the selection results. The request for rectification can be sent to the Registry Office and Archive by post or by email.

Accepting the study place

An admitted student must notify the University within the time indicated in the offer of admission whether they accept the offered place (Universities Act 558/2009, Section 38). If the student does not give notification within the time indicated, he/she forfeits the study place.

Applicants admitted in the spring 2019 admission must accept the study place by 7 June 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+3). Applicants admitted in the autumn 2019 admission must accept the study place by 8 November 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2). The study place is accepted online at Studyinfo.fi.

According to the provision on one study place per term (Universities Act (558/2009, section 38), during one academic term a student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland.

After accepting the study place, the student is directed from the Studyinfo service to the OILI service for enrolment.

Registration guidelines

More information about doctoral training at the University of Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä Graduate School for Doctoral Studies