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The Doctoral School and doctoral education at Tampere University

Doctoral education is a key part of the international and multidisciplinary research environment of Tampere University. Our doctoral education is based on the latest research knowledge and close collaboration with society, industry and working life. The Doctoral School and doctoral programmes offer high-quality learning and research opportunities.

The scientific and artistic doctoral degrees are organised at Tampere University in the form of doctoral programmes. The university has 2,700 doctoral researchers and approximately 200 doctoral dissertations are defended yearly. When you want to start your doctorate at Tampere University, you submit your application to one of the 21 different doctoral programmes. Your chosen faculty and doctoral programme enables you to pursue diverse opportunities for learning and development and to develop your research skills.

After you have been accepted to Tampere University as doctoral researcher, you can make use of The Doctoral School's courses. In collaboration with the doctoral programmes, the Tampere University’s joint Doctoral School provides systematic, up-to-date and high-quality education to all researchers across faculty borders. The Doctoral School supports the development of diverse, multidisciplinary and international expertise among doctoral researchers and works to promote employability of our doctoral graduates.

In Finland, doctoral dissertations are published manuscripts, and they are publicly examined. You can participate in the public defences of our doctoral researchers also online. Read more about new findings from the press releases.

Forthcoming public defences of doctoral dissertations (announcement in Finnish)Forthcoming public defences of doctoral dissertations (announcement in English)Past public defences of doctoral dissertations (announcement in English)Past public defences of doctoral dissertations (announcement in Finnish)

Doctoral education pilot opens at Tampere University

Tampere University will recruit 106 fully funded PhD candidates for a three-year term in calls that open in spring and autumn 2024. The posts are part of the national doctoral education pilot programme.

Learn more about our Doctoral Programmes

The Doctoral Programmes of Tampere University offer doctoral education in accordance with the research and education strategies of Tampere University, and the focus areas and guidelines of each faculty. More information about the profiles of our doctoral programmes and how to apply is available on the programme-specific webpages.

Get to know our doctoral programmes and find their contact information

Read about the admission to doctoral studies

Find out more on specialty training in medicine

Get to know The Doctoral School's courses and events

The courses and resources offered by The Doctoral School will help you identify and develop essential skills related to research, research methodologies and research ethics. You can select courses from over 50 offered each year. We also host many events, which support our doctoral researchers goals and networking.

Study Guide for the Doctoral School's joint courses for all doctoral researchers

Find out more about our events at The Doctoral School

What is The Doctoral School?

The Doctoral School offers English- and Finnish-taught courses both online and in classroom. Our courses and events help you gain experience on multidisciplinary and international teamwork while making effective progress towards your degree. The Doctoral School is an active participant in national and international doctoral education networks. We monitor the feedback and employment rate of our graduates to develop our doctoral education further.

Doctorate holders are multifaceted experts

Collaboration between the Doctoral School and faculty-based doctoral programmes provides an excellent basis for you and our 2,700 doctoral researchers to develop their academic expertise and excellence. Tampere University focuses both on theoretical and applied sciences. We can offer you education that is readily transferable also to working life outside the academia.

Watch our doctoral researchers tell you about their experiences

Contact information and the Doctoral School in social media

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