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Doctoral Programme in History

Tampere University

Critical historical knowledge - key to understanding the present and the future


Postgraduate degree (University)

Degree earned

Doctor of Philosophy

Planned duration

4 years

Extent of studies

240 ECTS



The Doctoral Programme in History provides doctoral candidates with versatile possibilities to act as a researcher or in demanding expert assignments in Finland and abroad. The most essential of these capacities is the ability to conduct in-depth analysis of social and cultural phenomena within their historical context. The range of research topics within the doctoral programme is extensive, but most dissertations concentrate on the strong areas of the subject at Tampere University, such as the history of modernisation, urbanisation, and civil society, as well as international interaction and the history of everyday life in Finland and Europe.

Graduates of the programme are researchers and experts well prepared to analyse social and cultural phenomena in their historical context. In particular, this refers to the understanding of change, or the temporal, local, and conceptual comparison of phenomena. The programme aims to strengthen the doctoral candidates' theoretical and methodological skills as well as to introduce them to the research traditions in their field of study. The programme also aims to provide the candidates with the abilities to reform the practices in the field and act within a multidisciplinary research community.

The doctoral degree in history provides students with good abilities to work as a researcher or in several demanding expert tasks in administration, education and civil society, which is how most doctors are employed. The doctoral degree also provides skills for supervising students and leading research groups.

The doctoral candidates will become well-versed in their own field of research, but also acquire an extensive view of their field in general.

Carefully read through the admissions requirements in before applying. For additional questions on applying, application documents and application process, please email: soc.doctoralstudies.tau(a)

Questions on research plans and prospective supervisors should be addressed to Professor in Charge of the Doctoral Programme Raisa Toivo (raisa.toivo [at] (raisa[dot]toivo[at]tuni[dot]fi)).