University of Jyväskylä Graduate School for Doctoral Studies: Structure and General Principles

In the University of Jyväskylä each doctoral student belongs to one doctoral programme, faculty doctoral School and the university graduate school.

University of Jyväskylä Graduate School for Doctoral Studies: Structure and General Principles (Approved at the University of Jyväskylä Board Meeting of 23 March 2011)

University of Jyväskylä Graduate School for Doctoral Studies

The University Graduate School is led by the Vice-Rector, who is assisted by a Steering Board formed from the faculties’ doctoral school heads. Graduate School coordinator assists the Steering Board. The Head and Steering Board of the University Graduate School are responsible for:  

  1. implementation and content-related development of doctoral training at the University of Jyvaskyla
  2. evaluation and steering of the faculties’ doctoral schools, as well as assessing the need for doctors in the fields that the University represents
  3. coordination of studies promoting transferable skills
  4. making proposals to the Rector regarding University Graduate School funding (previously known as Rector’s doctoral student positions and grants) that the Rector allots directly to the faculties’ doctoral schools annually or per contract term
  5. reporting annually to the Rector and the Science Council on the state of doctoral training
  6. providing information about the University’s doctoral training in cooperation with University Communications

Faculty Doctoral Schools

Doctoral school consists of the doctoral programmes operating in the faculties. Doctoral school is led by a Vice-Dean (or Dean) responsible for doctoral training and it is guided and supervised by the Faculty Council, in compliance with Degree Regualtions. The faculty is in charge of

  1. confirming its own doctoral programmes and accepting those programmes in which it is involved as a partner
  2. approving degree requirements
  3. organising general (international, electronic) application procedures, if possible, in cooperation with the network-based programmes
  4. accepting new students
  5. confirming supervisors and follow-up groups for doctoral students, as well as the doctoral programmes to which they belong
  6. appointing pre-examiners and granting permission to defend the dissertations, appointing opponents, and assessing and accepting dissertations
  7. allocating doctoral student positions and grants awarded to the faculty
  8. reporting on the activities of doctoral programmes to the university-level Graduate School (e.g. the implementation of recruitment, the programme funding situation, the number of students at various stages of studies, the duration of studies, graduates, and degree completion times)
  9. handling and solving feedback issues and appeals.

In compliance with the University of Jyväskylä Regulations, some of the aforementioned tasks may be delegated to the departmental level.

Doctoral programmes

Doctoral programmes can either belong to a department/faculty or be shared by various faculties. They can also be multi-disciplinary, networked nationally and/or internationally. Their operations are guided and supervised by programme's steering board. Doctoral programmes are in charge of organizing systematic and structured doctoral training. The doctoral programmes participate in student recruitment in cooperation with the faculty’s doctoral school.