22.12.2017

Doctoral study plan

The doctoral study plan is created in cooperation with the dissertation supervisor, and it is approved by the faculty or doctoral programme as part of the doctoral student admission process. The detailed instructions for preparing the plan vary between the faculties.

Doctoral studies 

The faculty decides the extent of required studies. A student shoud familiarize with these requirements before preparing the doctoral study plan. Studies consist of a minimum of 30 ECTS credits and a maximum of 60 ECTS credits depending on the faculty. Doctoral studies include both complusory and optional courses. Studies may also include other kinds of study attainments such as presentations or practical training. A common requirement is that the studies included in the degree must support doctoral students’ research work or employability after graduation.

Discipline specific skills

Discipline specific studies constitute at least half of required studies. Discipline specific studies may include, for example, the following obligatory or freely selectable studies:  

  • Advanced studies in the student’s field of science and doctoral training courses
  • Doctoral training seminars
  • Studies in the theory of science
  • Orientation studies for doctoral students
  • Researcher mobility to support the dissertation study

Transferable skills studies

Transferable skills studies constitute at the most half of required studies.

Research competence

Studies to promote research competence may include, for example, the following obligatory or freely selectable studies:

  • Research ethics
  • Research methods
  • Research project management
  • Academic publishing
  • Open science

All curricula of doctoral programmes must include obligatory research ethics studies of at least 1 ECTS credit.

Communication skills

Studies to promote communication skills may include, for example, the following obligatory or freely selectable studies:

  • Academic writing and communication
  • Interaction competence
  • Language skills and international competence
  • Media skills
  • Presentation skills

All curricula of doctoral programmes must include obligatory communication studies of at least 2 ECTS credits.

Other competence to support the construction of professional expertise

Other competence to support the construction of professional expertise may include demanding specialist work at the University or outside the University (max 20 ECTS credits). Excluding research and research visits related to the student’s dissertation. Other competence to support the construction of professional expertise may also include other activities or completed courses (max 4 ECTS credits), for example, in the following:

  • Pedagogical skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Entrepreneurship competence
  • Quality and development activities
  • Knowledge of working life

Dissertation

In addition to doctoral studies, a student admitted to doctoral training must write a dissertation and have a public examination of it. The writing of dissertations must follow the principles of the University’s dissertation requirements. Dissertation is based on a research plan devised by the student in cooperation with the supervisor. The work process involves presenting the dissertation or parts thereof at national and international seminars, conferences, etc. The scope of dissertations must be limited so that it is possible to complete a doctoral degree within four years of full-time study. In full-time students, the dissertation manuscript should be ready at least two months before the four-year target time has passed. Doctoral studies can also be pursued on a part-time basis at the University while simultaneously working outside of the University. In part-time students, the target time may be longer than four years.