Postgraduate Course Programme


The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences course programme and timetable for postgraduate studies


  • The postgraduate study plan created in cooperation with supervisors provides the guideline for course and training attendance;
  • the faculty course programme for postgraduate studies is added to and updated from time to time;
  • the website of the University of Jyväskylä Graduate School for Doctoral Studies provides information on training offered by other units and lists courses on transferable skills as well as their providers. Not all training is announced on the graduate school website so students are encouraged to actively follow the websites listed below.


Academic year 2018-2019 course programme:

Info to new doctoral students, Thursday 27.9.2017, from 9 to 14 o'clock

  • info about instructions, practices and planning your postgraduate studies. This info is intended especially for doctoral students starting their PhD studies, but all doctoral students are welcome.
  • NB: this info is included in the course HYTJ1000 Doctoral seminar (mentioned in the syllabus of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences). If you are unable to participate in the info, contact the teacher in charge of your doctoral seminar and ask about compensatory personal assignments.
  • If you are completing your doctoral degree before 31.7.2020 according to the Faculty of Humanities' syllabus for postgraduate studies and you need to complete the compulsory HTKJ101 Introduction to Doctoral Studies (2 ECTS) module, contact Coordinator Heli Niskanen for more information.
  • More information about program and enrolment (pdf)
  • N.B.: Vice Dean, professor Jari Ojala’s presentation “To make a PhD Thesis: What, how & why? And funding of Ph D Studies” and coordinator Heli Niskanen’s presentation about practicalities such as enrolment, supervision document etc. can be watched here: https://m3.jyu.fi/jyumv/ohjelmat/hum/en/info-to-new-doctoral-students-faculty-of-humanities-and-social-sciences/info-to-new-doctoral-students


Authors’ Studio 2 ECTS credits (code HYTJ3001 Academic writing), from 12.9.-

  • The Department of History and Ethnology (HELA) will organize an Authors’ Studio course (2 ECTS credits), whose aim is to introduce doctoral students to the practices of academic publishing. The course will emphasize the publication of articles, book chapters and monographs in international fora. It will be co-taught by professors Jari Ojala, Laura Stark and Pertti Ahonen.
  • The course is open to doctoral students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HYTK).
  • The course will comprise six lectures and the written tasks associated with them. By completing the course, students can earn 2 ECTS credits (code HYTJ3001 Academic writing).
  • Maximum amount of participants: 50 doctoral students
  • More information and enrolment in Korppi: https://korppi.jyu.fi/kotka/r.jsp?course=229963


HYTJ2200 Data acquisition, command and publishing, 2 ECTS credits

  • Contents: Courses Dissertation start-up and Open access publishing are compulsory. In addition, the doctoral student must select one sub course arranged by the Open Science Centre for doctoral students.
  • Information about the contents and timetables of the courses is available in the Open Science Centre training calendar.
  • After all required courses are completed, doctoral student contacts Marjo Vallittu (Open Science Center). Marjo Vallittu reports the assessment to Coordinator Heli Niskanen so that the complete studies and credits can be submitted into the study records.

Library Course: Open Science -online course (1 ECTS credit)

  • This resource is designed as an introduction to Open Science and Research principles and practices for doctoral students and other research active members new to Open Science and Research. The resource introduces principles, concepts, and new ways of doing research with the view that at every step the learning can be related to the research the learner is working on.
  • Course is recommended for first or second year of your study
  • By completing the course, students can earn 1 ECTS credit.
  • More information: https://kirjasto.jyu.fi/finding-resources/library-curriculum


Other key units of the University of Jyväskylä offering courses and training for doctoral student:

Methodology Centre for Human Sciences (IHME) (https://www.jyu.fi/edupsy/fi/tutkimus/ihme/en)

University Library (https://kirjasto.jyu.fi/finding-resources/library-curriculum)

  • for example, dissertation start-up for doctoral students: learn to know databases, e-journals, and other electronic resources in your subject and understand the way the publishing practices in different subjects affect the dissertation work
  • research and reference training
  • courses on methodological literature, dissertation publishing, and the University of Jyväskylä dissertation series
  • see also the library website for researchers and ask the library form

Language Centre (https://kielikeskus.jyu.fi/en/courses/doctoral)

  • training on communication skills
  • for example, academic writing, conference abstracts, presentations, and posters

IT Services (https://www.jyu.fi/itp/en/services/training/training)

Staff training 

  • only for members of the staff
  • for example, data acquisition, languages, management, pedagogy, ICT, media, and communication
  • possibility of studying at the Open University (with the agreement of your supervisor)
  • more: university pedagogics for staff members (follow the university announcements). Information on pedagogical studies/adult education can be found on the website of the Faculty of Education and Psychology (in Finnish).


  • You can also supplement your own know-how by studying a optional courses. Consider, for example, management, entrepreneurship, ICT, and language studies. For more information, see the websites of relevant faculties, departments, and independent institutes. Note that not all subjects can be studied freely.