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 2017-2018 course programme:

Info to new doctoral students, Monday 6.11.2017, from 12 to 16 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)


Research Ethics: Ethics of Online Research and Data Management (2 ECTS) 14.12.2017

  • Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies is organising the course Research Ethics: Ethics of Online Research and Data Management (2 ECTS) for doctoral students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • The course includes two lectures on Thursday 14.12.2017 in the room M103 (lectures are streamed and may be watched online live, or recorded until 31.5.2018):
    • 10-11 Marja Kokko (JY): "What should researchers know about ethics and legal compliance of data management during their research project"
    • 11-12 Sari Östman (TuY): "Multidisciplinary online research ethics"
  • Completing the course includes listening the lectures and doing the course assignment. 
  • More information and the enrolment in Korppi: https://korppi.jyu.fi/kotka/r.jsp?course=225106


Discourse analysis for the humanities and the social sciences: Charting the terrain (2 ECTS) 17.5.2018

  • Centre for Applied Language Studies is organising the course Discourse analysis for the humanities and the social sciences: Charting the terrain (2 ECTS) for doctoral students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • The course includes meeting on Thursday 17.5.2018 from 9 to 16 o'clock
  • Completing the course (2 ECTS) includes 
    • a short reading list (will be distributed in advance): read the articles beforehand
    • actively participate in the seminar
    • submit a three-page report in which the briefly outline how DA could be relevant to their own ongoing doctoral research. The deadline for the report is 31.5.2018. 
  • A more extensive assignment can be negotiated for those wishing to take this module for 5 ECTS.
  • More information and the enrolment in Korppi: https://korppi.jyu.fi/kotka/r.jsp?course=226230


Surviving the PhD process while finishing your article-based dissertation (1 ECTS) 4.5.2018

  • Kimmo Svinhufvud (University of Helsinki) will give a lecture on the topic Surviving the PhD process while finishing your article-based dissertation on Friday, 4 May, at 11.15-13.30 (place: Historica H320). The lecture is open for all doctoral students of the Faculty.
  • The lecture will be recorded and it will be accessible in Moniviestin throughout May.
  • You can get 1 ECTS to code HYTJ3001 Scientific Writing by listening the lecture and doing a written assignment based on Svinhufvud’s lecture.
  • More information and enrolment: https://korppi.jyu.fi/kotka/r.jsp?course=227914


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 Marja Kokko (Open Science Center). Marja Kokko reports the assessment to Coordinator Heli Niskanen so that the complete studies and credits can be submitted into the study records.


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)

  • courses on methods
  • research and professional skills (writing, presentation skills)
  • the IHME mailing list 

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

  • 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/postgrad)

  • 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 secondary subject. 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.