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TAMK Student's Handbook

Doctoral Researcher at Tampere University

Tampere University and TAMK

When you start your work towards a doctoral degree at Tampere University, the first step is for you to thoroughly familiarise yourself with the University as a research and learning environment.

Orientation starts your journey as a doctoral researcher

We encourage you to read through the orientation materials available on the University’s intranet and attend the orientation events offered at the beginning of each semester. These events are organised by the Doctoral School of Tampere University in collaboration with the University’s support services. Please visit the website of the Doctoral School for more information on the schedule of the events and required registration.

In addition, the staff of your doctoral programme can organise a range of events at the beginning of your studies to support your orientation process. You will receive more information about these events from the administrative staff of your own programme. Online orientation may also be available.

Your doctoral studies in the doctoral programme and the Doctoral School

When you are admitted to Tampere University as a doctoral researcher, you are also admitted to join one our University’s doctoral programmes. Your right to study towards a doctoral degree also includes the right to study towards a licentiate degree. To maintain your student status, you will be expected to register as attending or non-attending each academic year.

The degree programmes that lead to a scientific or artistic doctoral degree are organised at Tampere University in the form of doctoral programmes. The speciality training offered to physicians is provided in the form of specialist programmes.

In addition to the courses offered by your own doctoral programme, you will be able to attend all the courses and events that the University-wide Doctoral School organises for doctoral researchers.

Funding for doctoral studies

Doctoral researchers are usually employed by their university, receive a grant or pursue a doctoral degree alongside work outside academia. The funded positions available for doctoral researchers at Tampere University are advertised for example, on the University’s website.

A number of national and international scientific foundations give out grants to support doctoral research. The Research.fi (the link opens to another website) offers information on the foundations and their grant cycles. For more information about grant opportunities, please see the theme on Research and project funding.

Writing grant proposals in an integral part of a researchers skillset. The Doctoral School offers a course on preparing grant proposals at the beginning of your doctoral studies. Keep an eye out also for open calls for grant proposals and relevant training opportunities advertised by Research and Innovation services and your doctoral programme.

Innovation activities for doctoral researchers

As a doctoral researcher, you stand at the interface between education, research and innovations. Our University has a vision to prepare all doctoral researchers to acquire world-class expertise, develop global understanding, gain international success and pursue lifelong learning. As stated in our research strategy, our university community brings scientific knowledge and novel inventions effectively into practice through close collaboration, networking and a well-functioning innovation ecosystem. We are committed to openness, the sharing of information, sustainable development, fairness, and equality.

Questions about intellectual property rights, the University’s invention policy and transfer of rights agreements are closely connected to innovation activities. All doctoral researchers are advised to consider the protection and commercial potential of their research results.

See also the theme Utilising the results of research and development.

Library’s services for doctoral researchers

The Tampere University Library provides a broad range of support for research and researchers. Please be sure to look into the services offered by the Library as early on as possible, as these services will help you, for example, find relevant publications and databases and prepare your data management plan. In addition, the Library offers trainings that cover topical themes from which all researchers will greatly benefit. Up-to-date information on the courses is available on the Library’s website (opens to outside page).

See also the theme Open science and sustainable research.

Mobility and international exposure of doctoral researchers

All doctoral researchers are recommended to study and conduct research abroad during their doctoral studies. International experiences will strengthen your competencies and help you expand your network of contacts and gain new perspectives on your research. By attending, for example, language courses, lectures delivered by visiting scholars, and the international summer schools and intensive courses offered by Tampere University, you will be able to develop your international competencies on your home campus.

If you are interested in completing course or conducting research abroad while working towards your doctoral degree, please discuss potential options with your supervisor and take part in the events offered by the Doctoral School to support international mobility, such as the Mobility Cafés. Read more information about mobility programmes and the grants that are available for studying or conducting research abroad.

Created: 10.11.2021
Updated: 26.4.2022