According to the curriculum of the doctoral programme, the degrees consist of studies in research and professional skills (50 ECTS) agreed with the main supervisor and defined in the personal postgraduate study plan. These studies comprise subject specific studies and transferrable skills studies.
Structure of the studies
|Subject Specific Studies 35–40 ECTS|
A Student should choose 10 ECTS min-20 ECTS max from each module:
A) Methodology and theory of science
B) Scientific publishing and conferences
C) Research seminar and seminars with variable theme
|General Transferable Skills Studies 10–15 ECTS|
|Doctoral dissertation or Licentiate theses|
Research seminar is a compulsory study module for all the doctoral students. In addition, it is required that a doctoral student participate in at least four seminars with a variable theme related to methodology and theory of science or provided by the doctoral programme twice an academic year (1 seminar with variable theme = 1 credit). If a doctoral student has a justified reason for not participating in the seminars, he must agree on substitute studies with his main supervisor and the director/board of the doctoral programme.
The student shall complete between 10 and 15 ECTS of transferable skills studies according to the personal study plan. A course in research ethics must be included in the studies.
It is recommended that courses supporting the student’s research project are chosen from the courses provided by the University of Eastern Finland’s Doctoral School and other courses provided by the university and approved by the supervisor or from the transferable skills studies provided by national doctoral training networks. It also is recommended that studies should include courses in scientific writing and languages. Furthermore, it is recommended that studies should include courses in quantitative and qualitative methods offered by the Philosophical Faculty and/or Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. PhD students may include the PD Training Programme in University pedagogics in their postgraduate studies.
If a doctoral student has a justified reason for not participating in the courses provided by the University of Eastern Finland’s Doctoral School and/or not completing studies provided by the doctoral school, substitute studies and their manner of completion must be specified in the personal study plan submitted with the application to pursue doctoral studies; or, if the problem occurs during studies, substitute studies must be agreed with the main supervisor and the director/board of the doctoral programme.
A maximum of 5 ECTS of this module may be completed by teaching university-level courses in the student’s discipline. 4-5 hours of direct instruction or 8 hours of demonstrations should correspond to one credit point.
It is recommended that the general transferable skills studies are completed during the first and the second year of doctoral studies.
Studies supporting the research project and professional competence must be completed before the doctoral dissertation is submitted for preliminary examination.