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Degree programme

Doctoral Programme of Administrative Sciences, Economics and Business Administration and Political Sciences

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Aiming at demanding expert positions

In the Doctoral Programme of the Faculty of Management and Economy, students can complete the postgraduate degrees of Doctor of Administrative Sciences, Doctor of Science (Econ./Business Adm.), or Doctor of Social Sciences. In this joint doctoral programme, students will carry out postgraduate-level research in their chosen field and on the main research themes of the Faculty of Management and Economy. The main themes include management in all its forms; the interface between the public and private sectors; democracy and power; responsibility and sustainable development; value creation and innovation; performance, measurement and evaluation; and urban and regional development. The aim is to explore and understand complex contemporary phenomena which are firmly connected with the contexts of business and economics, administrative science, as well as political science. Students graduating with a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Management and Economy go on to demanding expert and managerial positions in businesses, as well as positions in finance, administration and governance within both private and public sectors.

Degree earned

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Hallintotieteiden tohtori
Kauppatieteiden tohtori
Yhteiskuntatieteiden tohtori

Type

Postgraduate degree

Planned duration

4 years

Extent of studies

240 ECTS

City

Tampere

Campus

Central Campus

Study objectives

The objectives of postgraduate education are that the student:

  1. becomes thoroughly acquainted with his or her own field of research and its social significance, gains the knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific research methods independently and critically and to produce new scientific knowledge within his/her field of research;
  2. becomes acquainted with the development, basic problems and research methods of his/her field of research;
  3. gains such knowledge of the general theory of science and of other disciplines relating to his/her own field of research as enables him/her to follow developments in them

Study contents

Scientific postgraduate education refers to education aiming at a scientific postgraduate research degree. In accordance with the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004), the aim of postgraduate education is that the student becomes thoroughly acquainted with his or her field of research and gains the knowledge and skills needed to independently produce new scientific knowledge. Research degrees are aimed at students interested in further study and the possibility of a career in research. They provide students the opportunity to take part in the scientific community, develop the knowledge and skills needed in conducting research and to receive supervision for the student’s own research. On the student's part postgraduate education requires active involvement and enthusiasm for research. Resources for counselling and guidance are primarily directed at students who are actively involved and show initiative.

Postgraduate studies at the doctoral programme mainly aim at a doctoral degree in Administrative Sciences, Economics and Business Administration or Social Sciences, but it is also possible to complete a licentiate degree in Administrative Sciences, Economics and Business Administration or Social Sciences, for example as an intermediate step toward completing a doctorate.In special circumstances it is also possible to complete the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Scientific postgraduate education will in most cases require the prior completion of a higher (Master’s level) university degree. A requirement for admission is that the Faculty deems the student’s basic university degree or other equivalent degree an adequate basis for pursuing postgraduate studies.

Major subjects in which the degrees of Doctor of Administrative Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy and Licentiate in Administrative Sciences can be taken are

  • Administrative Science
  • Public Law
  • Public Financial Management
  • Politics of the Environment and Regions
  • Local and Regional Governance

Major subjects in which the degrees of Doctor of Economic Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy and Licentiate of Economic Sciences can be taken are

  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Responsible Management
  • Management and Organisations
  • Accounting
  • Business Law and Tax Law

Major subjects in which the degrees of Doctor of Social Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy and Licentiate of Social Sciences can be taken are

  • Political Science
  • International Relations

Tuition fees

After the right to study has been granted, the Finnish Immigration Service expects all new students from non-EU/EEA countries to apply for a residence permit. At that stage, the students must be able to show to the Finnish Immigration Service that they have a minimum of c. 6 800 euros for the first year of studies of a scholarship to support themselves during the studies. Also a health insurance is needed.

Tampere University does not offer any scholarships for foreign students, and all students are expected to finance their studies independently.

There is no term fee for doctoral students.

Structure of studies

To be awarded a doctorate, the student given the right to pursue postgraduate studies must:

  1. complete the required postgraduate studies;
  2. demonstrate independent critical thinking in the field of research; and
  3. write a doctoral dissertation and defend it in public.

A doctoral dissertation may also consist of peer-reviewed scholarly publications or manuscripts accepted for publication that form an integrated entity, are deemed sufficient by the university and are supplemented with a summarizing report. Co-authored publications may be included if the authors independent contribution to them can be demonstrated.

A person accepted for the degree of Doctor of Administrative Sciences, Doctor of Economic Sciences or Doctor of Social Sciences may first take the licentiate’s degree as in intermediate step.

The degree consists of the following studies:

  • Orientation to postgraduate studies 5 ECTS
  • Methodological Studies min. 15 ECTS
  • Studies supporting the development of the postgraduate student’s scientific professionalism min. 20 ECTS
  • Research seminar for postgraduate studies min 5 ECTS
  • The licentiate thesis 90 ECTS
  • The doctoral dissertation 180 ECTS

Final project

In a doctoral dissertation a student is required to demonstrate independent and critical thinking in the field of the research. The doctoral dissertation will be presented publicly for examination at a public defence.

The Council of the Faculty will grant permission to publish the dissertation and support the dissertation for the doctoral degree. All studies forming part of the degree must have been completed before permission to publish the dissertation is granted.

A composite dissertation

A composite dissertation comprising what the Faculty deems to be a sufficient number of scientific publications addressing the same research problem may be accepted as a doctoral dissertation. Separate instructions have been issued regarding such composite dissertations.

For special reasons it is possible to do a doctoral dissertation in collaboration with another researcher. In this case the author must demonstrate his/her own contribution in the preparation of the doctoral dissertation and participate in the public defence of his/her own contribution.

A doctoral dissertation may be written in Finnish, Swedish, English or in some other language approved by the Council of the Faculty. A dissertation written in Finnish must include abstracts in Finnish and English. A dissertation written in a language other than Finnish must include both an abstract in the language of the dissertation and an abstract in Finnish.

It is also possibility to take a degree in Licentiate of Administrative Sciences, Licentiate of Economic Sciences and Licentiate of Social Sciences.

Career opportunities

Those successfully completing a research degree are ideally equipped for academic research or teaching positions as well as demanding expert roles and research positions in industry, business or public administration. Demand for experts with a doctoral degree is on the rise particularly in the fields of economics, administrative sciences and political science.

Carefully read through the admissions requirements before applying. For additional questions on applying, application documents and application process, please email: mab.doc.tau(a)tuni.fi. Please note that because the applicant has to present feasible preliminary study and research plans for graduate studies, the professor of the prospective major subject should be consulted before submitting the application.  

Doctoral Programme of Administrative Sciences, Economics and Business Administration and Political Sciences
Doctoral Admission April 2019
1 - 30 April 2019

Eligibility criteria

General eligibility for scientific doctoral studies is stipulated in the University Act (2009/558, Paragraph 37). The faculty can admit to licentiate and doctoral programmes an applicant who has completed

  • a relevant Master's degree awarded by a university,
  • a relevant Master's degree awarded by a university of applied sciences, or
  • a relevant applicable study programme abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for the corresponding level of higher education
  • whom the university otherwise deems to possess sufficient knowledge and skills for doctoral education in the field of studies in question.

Eligible for postgraduate studies in the doctoral programme are those who have completed a higher university degree in economic or administrative sciences, social sciences or other appropriate higher university degree. Generally applicants will be required to have grade of at least magna cum laude approbatur /good for the master’s thesis, in addition to which they are required to have achieved at least a grade of good in the subject of the postgraduate degree or in a subject deemed equivalent to the major subject.

Language skill requirements

Certificates of foreign language skills is required.

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The quota for the application round is 15 new doctoral students (altogether 30 students per year).

Admission procedure

In the selection of postgraduate students special attention will be paid to the field of the applicant’s proposed research and to the research plan, the major subject and success in studies. Likewise to capabilities for research and the ability of the subject and department concerned to supervise postgraduate research in the subject area of the research.

 

How to apply

Application periods and how to apply

Application period is 1 - 30 April 2019. The application period ends at 15.00 (Finnish time). In Autumn 2019 the application period will be in October. The exact dates will be announced later. Applications are submitted through an electronic application system at studyinfo.fi. A link to the application form is available during the application period.

Responsible supervisor and co-supervisor(s)

At least one of the supervisors must be a professor, docent or doctor with equivalent academic merits who is employed by Tampere University’s Faculty of Management and Business.

Application and required enclosures

The applicant is required to give detailed information about the following:

  • a draft research proposal for licentiate thesis or doctoral dissertation
  • prospective supervisor(s)
  • certificates of academic and educational background or an official transcript of previous university records
  • curriculum vitae
  • Master’s degree certificate translated into English
  • certificates of foreign language skills, if any, e.g. English, German, Finnish
  • descriptions of the syllabus of the applicant's previous studies
  • motivation letter
  • full copy of the Master’s thesis in English or upon agreement in some other language, in which case an English abstract is required.

Those who have taken foreign degrees

Those who have taken an appropriate foreign master’s degree will be required to demonstrate their research capability with studies in a major subject being of the same standard as a Finnish higher university degree. Such degree should include a thesis comparable to the Finnish master’s thesis with a grade of at least good. The thesis is required to be connected to the major subject of the postgraduate degree and the applicant has the scientific capability required by the major subject of the postgraduate degree.

In the selection of postgraduate students special attention will be paid to the field of the applicant’s proposed research and to the research plan, the major subject and success in studies. Likewise to capabilities for research and the ability of the subject and department concerned to supervise postgraduate research in the subject area of the research.

Enclosures

You must be able to prove your educational background by means of officially authenticated copies of your documents. If the documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, both the authenticated copies of the documents in their original language and an officially confirmed, complete and precise translation into one of the languages mentioned above are required.

In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents issued in certain countries have more specific requirements for submission. Please go through the requirements carefully and check the country- specific requirements for your degree awarding country before applying.

If selected, you will have to present your original educational documents upon arrival at Tampere University in order to be able to register at the university.

Admission results and appeals

The selection results are announced before the beginning of the following term. The selections made in autumn 2018 are announced by 14 June, 2019.

An applicant who is dissatisfied with the student selection may submit a written request for reconsideration. Such requests must be submitted within 14 days of the declared announcement date. The request, together with the reasons, shall be addressed to: Tampere University, Faculty of Management and Business, tau@tuni.fi.

One study place per term provision

A person accepted at a Finnish university or a polytechnic may accept only one study place in a degree programme leading to a higher education degree during one academic term.

Confirmation of the right to enrol

To maintain your right to enrol in the degree programme, you must fill in and deliver the confirmation form you receive from the Tampere University. The confirmation must reach the Tampere University by 11 July 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time, at the latest. If your confirmation has not arrived by the date indicated above, you will lose your right to enrol in the degree programme.

Enrolment

New doctoral students must enrol at the Student Affairs Office. More detailed instructions on enrollment are enclosed with the letter of acceptance. Before enrolling, a new doctoral student must present at the Faculty office the original certificates and transcript for the degrees and studies he/she has referred to in his/her application and their authorised translations in English, if the originals are in another language.

Doctoral students are required to re-enrol at the beginning of each academic year according to instructions given by the University. Only students enrolled as 'present' may pursue studies at the University.

Doctoral students who fail to enrol either as 'present' or 'absent' within the given deadline will lose their right to study and their right to use the computer services provided by the University. Should students later wish to continue their studies, they must make a written request to the Faculty requesting re-admission.