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Doctoral Programme in Language Studies

Tampere University

Become a linguistic expert through the multidisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Language Studies


Postgraduate degree (University)

Degree earned

Doctor of Philosophy

Planned duration

4 years

Extent of studies

240 ECTS



The Doctoral Programme in Language Studies is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programme that crosses the traditional field of study-limits and combines the research of languages, literature and culture in various language areas, as well as translation and interpretation, with different theoretical frameworks.

The Programme offers postgraduate degrees in the following fields: English philology, Scandinavian languages, translation studies (English, Swedish, German, Russian), German language and culture, Finnish language, and Russian language and culture. The training in the Programme produces versatile doctoral competence which combines multidisciplinary and multiperspective research, strong methodological competence, command of the special field in question, and competence in social interaction. In addition to basic language research, the programme examines phenomena related to the interaction between language and society, such as the linguistic challenges of the globalised, increasingly multilingual and multicultural society, as well as communication within special fields.

One of the Programme’s special features is research on the cross-sections of language and culture, including critical examination of local and global cultural forms and the socio-cultural phenomena of language areas. The research in translation studies emphasises the sociology of translation as well as translation and interpretation as professional operations, among other things. The new, multidisciplinary Tampere University also offers several opportunities for the development of strong linguistic expertise in new kinds of interdisciplinary educations.

Carefully read through the admissions requirements in before applying. For additional questions on applying, application documents and application process, please contact our Admissions office. For questions regarding the content of the programme, please contact itc.doc.tau(a)

Questions on research plans and prospective supervisors: Professor Sanna Turoma (sanna.turoma [at] (sanna[dot]turoma[at]tuni[dot]fi)).