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Tampere University Student's Handbook

The Doctoral School studies and services for all doctoral researchers

Tampere University

The yearly course curriculum of Tampere University Doctoral School complements the instruction offered by the university's doctoral programmes. The joint doctoral studies form a smorgasbord that meets the competence needs of doctoral researchers, and enables you to choose courses that best suit your personal study plans and personal goals. The courses and other events organised by the Doctoral School are open to all doctoral researchers in the faculty-based doctoral programmes at the University.

Instruction is offered both in English and Finnish, which supports international doctoral researchers and internationalisation at home. The joint doctoral studies organised by the Doctoral School bring together doctoral researchers from several fields of study, and develops your multidisciplinary skills. The Doctoral School is not an administrative body that handles admissions to doctoral studies or grants funding. The doctoral programmes in each faculty are the home base of each doctoral researcher, and source of field-specific information.

Further information about doctoral studies and doctoral programmes.

The courses for doctoral researchers offered by the Doctoral School

The courses and resources offered by the Tampere University Doctoral School will help you identify and develop essential skills related to research, research methodologies and research ethics. You will be able to select courses that meet your needs from among the 50 or so courses that the Doctoral School offers on a yearly basis. We offer English-taught courses both online and in a physical classroom environment. The courses organised are designed to suit different phases of the doctoral process.

The curriculum consists of courses on a range of transferable, researcher and methods skills that are repeated in alternate semesters. You can choose from courses that train you in

  • managing your doctoral research process
  • the basics of scientific research
  • research method skills
  • scientific communication.

The yearly course curriculum is designed in cooperation with the doctoral programmes and to meet the guidelines of the University. The university’s joint Doctoral School supports all doctoral researchers to develop their interdisciplinary, transferable and researcher skills, and promotes international mobility and well-being. Read more about the Doctoral School's yearly course schedule.

Welcome to the Doctoral School events

In addition to the yearly course curriculum, the Doctoral School also organises a variety of other event open such as the Morning Coffee, Mobility Café, Orientation Day for Doctoral Researchers, PhD Supervisor Coffee as well as numerous lectures and online streams on a variety of pertinent topics. We host the Orientation Day in Finnish and in English in the beginning of each semester. You get to hear about the key services available to you as well as gain concrete tips on how to plan your research work. Many of our events and training also suit and support the know-how of post-doctoral researchers.

More information on doctoral studies and the process of obtaining a doctorate:

Get to know us and make use of the tips on our videos

Learn about doctoral education at Tampere University (opens to Youtube with subtitles)
Get to know the courses at the Doctoral School (opens to Youtube with subtitles)
Watch and listen to the stories of our doctoral researchers
See our tips on communication during the public defence of your doctoral dissertation (opens to Youtube with subtitles)

For more information, contact: doctoralschool [at]

Published: 28.1.2019
Updated: 28.3.2023