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Past, Space and Environment in Society Doctoral Programme

Doctoral students who have been accepted and registered to the doctoral programme belong to the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies. The research mission of the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies is defined as follows: “We conduct research into the use of natural resources, local relations to the environment, welfare and the encounters of cultures in border areas, fringe regions and peripheries, and their social, geographical and historical development dynamics. Accordingly, the Past, Space and Environment in Society Doctoral Programme explores the past, space as a concept of geography and the environment as a social phenomenon. The disciplines represented in the programme are history, geography and environmental policy. The other disciplines are also possible, if the theme of the dissertation is related to research in history, geography or environmental policy. The purpose of the programme is to encourage researchers to cross the boundaries between disciplines on the level of theory formulation, methodology and the themes to be studied. It aims to promote research of the themes defined in the mission of the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies (see above), which is also taken into account in study arrangements. The programme is bilingual; courses are either in English or in Finnish.

After completing the degree, the PhD student

Degrees available in the doctoral programme

A student admitted to the doctoral programme may complete the following degrees: Licentiate of Philosophy, Licentiate of Social Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Social Sciences. It is possibly to complete the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in every major. The student applies for right to change of target degree using a form available on the website of the faculty.

The licentiate degree is voluntary and not an obligatory part of the doctoral degree studies. For a licentiate or a doctoral degree, the student must complete studies of at least 50 ECTS which support the research project or professional competence and write a licentiate thesis or a doctoral dissertation. A licentiate thesis can include a public examination or it can be evaluated in the faculty on the basis of statements given by the examiners. A doctoral dissertation must always be defended in public.

The major subjects and the available degrees in the doctoral programme are:

Finnish HistoryLicentiate of PhilosophyDoctor of Philosophy
General HistoryLicentiate of PhilosophyDoctor of Philosophy
GeographyLicentiate of PhilosophyDoctor of Philosophy
Human GeographyLicentiate of Social SciencesDoctor of Social Sciences/
Doctor of Philosophy
Environmental PolicyLicentiate of Social SciencesDoctor of Social Sciences/
Doctor of Philosophy