How to apply for doctoral programmes at Tampere University
- Carefully read through the admissions requirements and instructions on how to apply for the doctoral programme you are interested in. You can only apply for one doctoral programme at each round.
- Find a supervisor well in advance for your research topic and reach an agreement on supervision arrangements. You can find contact details on the programme admissions page. If you contact more than one prospective supervisor, please let each of them know who else you have contacted.
- Fill in the application form during the admissions period at Studyinfo.fi. Upload the required enclosures for the application as instructed. Please see further instructions below.
- Please make sure that you have received an automatic reply after you have submitted your application. Through the link in the email, you can access your application to make changes or upload new documents during the application period. The link only works once, and you will receive a new automatic reply and link after you submit your application again.
- If you have completed your previous degrees outside Finland, you must submit officially certified copies of your educational documents to the Admissions Office
- Please check your email regularly as the faculty or the admissions office may contact you regarding your application (please also check your junk mail). The results of the admission will be announced by email as well.
- If you are asked to submit officially certified copies of your educational documents, please submit them as instructed
- Accept your study place through a link in an email message (sent from Studyinfo.fi), or if you have Finnish electronic banking credentials, please go to My Studyinfo to accept your study place
- Enrol as a doctoral student at Student Affairs Office
- Familiarise yourself with instructions for a new doctoral student.
- Why do you want to become a doctoral student and complete a doctoral degree?
- In which field do you want to create new knowledge?
- What learning needs do you have in that research field?
- What learning needs do you have on scientific methods?
- Which empirical problem or a question you have in mind for (a) research question(s) and to which scientific field they belong?
- From where and how are you intending to acquire your research data?
- What is your intended schedule for completing your doctoral dissertation, i.e. when do you think you will have your public defence?
- How much of your time are you able to dedicate for your studies and writing your doctoral dissertation?
- How does your work community and your situation in life support your doctoral studies?
Applying and application documents
You can submit only one online application form, and you are allowed to apply to one doctoral programme at a time. A link to Studyinfo.fi and the electronic application form can be found at the end of the How to apply page on your doctoral programme’s admissions page. You will need to upload all application documents below online at Studyinfo.fi.
In addition to uploading the electronic application documents on the application, you must submit the officially certified copies of your educational documents (enclosures 1-5) to Tampere University Admissions Office by post, if you have completed your previous degrees outside Finland.
When you are applying for a doctoral programme which has a continuous application period, the decision whether you are accepted as a doctoral student will not be made until you have submitted your educational documents officially certified.
- Officially certified or legalised copy of the Master's degree certificate in the original language
- Officially certified or legalised copy of the official transcript of records of the Master's degree in the original language
- Officially certified or legalised copy of the Bachelor's degree certificate in the original language (in some programmes, please check the admissions requirements)
- Officially certified or legalised copy of the official transcript of records of the Bachelor's degree in the original language (in some programmes, please check the admissions requirements)
- Official translation of the Bachelor's and Master’s degree certificate and of the transcript of records unless issued in English, Finnish or Swedish
- Research plan
- Copy of your passport's ID page or EU/EEA/Switzerland identity card, and possible residence permit to Finland, if the applicant is not a Finnish citizen
Depending on the doctoral programme, you may also be asked to upload some of the following documents. Please see your doctoral programme's admissions requirements to confirm what are the required documents.
- Preliminary study plan
- Proof of English language proficiency
- Motivation letter
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) / Résumé
- Supporting statement by the responsible supervisor
- Report on possible complementary studies
- Check if there are any other programme-specific enclosures and submit them too.
Please read the following instructions before uploading the documents:
- Scan the documents. Do not take photos as the quality may not be sufficient for processing the documents.
- Scan all document pages containing any text. Remember to scan both sides of the documents if they contain anything (text, stamps, etc.) at all. Check the scan to see that everything on the original document is legible on the scan.
- The files must be in PDF format.
- All documents that are in the same category (for example the degree certificate or transcript of records) should be scanned into ONE (1) file. Do not make a separate file for each page.
- Name the documents, for example: lastname(s) first name master's degree certificate.pdf
The general language requirements for doctoral programmes can be found on our language requirements web page. The doctoral programmes may have programme-specific exceptions, so please check your doctoral programme's admissions page for their requirements on English language proficiency.
You must upload a copy of your language test results to your application, but, in addition, Tampere University will verify all language test results online.
Official certification or attestation of degrees completed outside Finland
We do not accept regular photocopies of educational documents sent by post. All educational documents sent by post must be either officially certified by the awarding institution or legalised copies.
Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention and submit their documents according to the country-specific requirements. The country-specific requirements may concern the copy of the degree certificate, transcript of records or the official translation of these documents.
Please see detailed instructions below.
An officially certified or legalised copy of one of the following documents is required if you have completed your previous degrees outside Finland:
A degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree. The student has graduated. The degree certificate should include the name of the institution awarding the degree, the date of issue, and the name of the person to whom the degree certificate has been issued and which title/degree the person has been awarded.
Temporary (provisional) degree certificate
A temporary (provisional) degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has been awarded or conferred an academic degree. The temporary degree certificate is issued as a replacement for the actual degree certificate e.g. in case the actual degree certificate cannot be given to the student immediately after the studies have been completed due to technical or administrative reasons.
The temporary degree certificate must include:
- the name of the institution awarding the degree
- the date of award/conferral of the degree
- the name of the person to whom the temporary degree certificate has been issued
- the academic title/degree that has been awarded.
It is important to note that a document stating only that the student has completed all the course units is not sufficient as a temporary degree certificate.
If you have not yet graduated: If you will not graduate by the application deadline, please refer to the Instructions for applicants in the final year of their Master’s degree at the bottom of this webpage.
Please also note the possible country-specific requirements connected to the country of your Master and Bachelor education which might affect the way your certificate needs to be certified and/or submitted. If you have taken your university or AMK degree(s) in Finland you do not need to submit the copy of the Master’s and Bachelor’s degree certificate by post.
Please note that depending on the language of the document, an official translation may be required - see below.
An officially certified or legalised copy of the transcript of records is required if you have completed your previous degrees outside Finland:
A transcript of records is a document issued by the institution that has issued the degree certificate/temporary degree certificate. Only official transcripts of records are accepted.
The official transcript of records must include the following information:
- full titles of the study units that the student has completed for the degree
- completion times of study units (or at the very least the overall study time at the institution)
- grades obtained
- credits awarded
- information on the grading scale used at the institution
- If you have not yet graduated: The transcript of records must include the name of the degree that will be awarded to you when you graduate (e.g. Bachelor of Science, Master of Science).
The transcript must cover the full length of studies. If the degree includes course units that the student has completed in another institution and the transferred credits are not indicated in detail in the transcript of records, a separate transcript of records regarding the transferred credits must be delivered.
If your transcript does not include all the required information, please submit a separate officially certified document issued by the institution indicating the missing information.
Please also note the possible country-specific requirements connected to the country of your Master and Bachelor education which might affect the way your transcript needs to be certified and/or submitted. If you have taken your university or AMK degree(s) in Finland you do not need to submit the copies of transcripts by post.
Please note that depending on the language of the document, an official translation may be required - see below.
Officially certified copies of academic documents can be issued by the awarding institution. If you request officially certified copies from the awarding institution, make sure that the copies submitted to Tampere University meet the following criteria.
- are taken directly from your original educational documents
- include every page of your educational documents
- bear the original stamp of the awarding institution on each page of the document (e.g. a generic stamp stating only “Certified true copy” will not be accepted)
- bear the original signature of the certifying officer on each page of the document.
Please note that regular copies of certified copies will not be accepted.
The officially certified copy can be sent by post to Tampere University either by the applicant or the awarding institution except where the country-specific requirements state otherwise.
If you cannot obtain officially certified copies of your academic documents from the awarding institution, you may submit legalised copies of your academic documents.
Legalisation takes place by two different means depending on whether the relevant country is a signatory to the Hague Convention of 1961. Documents supplied by countries that have ratified the Hague Convention are legalised by the issuance of an Apostille Certificate (stamp or paper certificate). Documents issued by other countries are legalised in two steps: first by the foreign ministry of the issuing country, then by a competent Finnish Embassy or Finnish Consulate of that country.
The Apostille Certificate (stamp or paper certificate) is necessary if the document has been issued by the authorities of a country that has ratified the Hague Convention of 1961. Information on the Hague Convention, a list of its member states and information on the authorities issuing Apostille Certificates in the various countries can be found at: Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.
If the country issuing a document is not a signatory of the Hague Convention, a document is legalised by the foreign ministry of the issuing country, after which a competent Finnish Embassy or Finnish Consulate of that country legalises the document, certifying the competence of that foreign ministry official to issue such legalisation.
We have country-specific requirements for degrees awarded in the following countries: African countries, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Finland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Please see additional information on the country-specific requirements.
It is possible to be exempted from submitting the officially certified copies by post if your University uses electronically verified documents. In this case carefully examine the exemptions below. Only documents which can be verified electronically by Tampere University are accepted. We accept:
Electronically verified PDF. An electronically verified document is a PDF document equipped with a digital signature to confirm its authenticity and integrity. The digital signature replaces handwritten signatures and stamps and therefore these types of educational documents do not need to be posted. Please note that regular PDFs are not sufficient even if they are sent directly from the university.
Verification service for documents issued. Your university’s electronic verification service for both degree certificate and transcript of records or a similar national verification service (e.g. Digitary).
If you apply with electronically verified documents, you must contact the Admissions Office by email in order for your application to be processed. It is your responsibility to make sure that the documents meet the requirements and are submitted in time. Only documents which can be verified electronically by Tampere University are accepted. Institutional verification services that require Tampere University to download specific software or pay for the verification are not accepted. Please note that Tampere University reserves the right to make the final decision on whether a service is accepted or not.
If your educational documents are issued in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, official translations of them to one of these languages are required. Please note that officially certified copies of the original documents also have to be submitted.
An official translation must be one of the following:
- issued by the awarding institution
- an officially certified copy of a translation issued by the awarding institution
- translated by an official translator
- an officially certified copy of a translation made by an official translator.
Each page of an official translation must bear the translator’s stamp and/or signature. Official translations must be exact translations of the original documents. An applicant's own translations are not accepted.
You must send your educational documents (enclosures 1-5) by post to Tampere University Admissions Office
Telephone number for arriving courier deliveries:
Tel. +358 50 318 7001
(this number is only for arriving courier deliveries. Contact information for Admissions Office)
You are eligible to apply in the final year of your Master’s degree if the degree will be completed before you start your doctoral studies.
Programmes with application periods twice a year
If you are applying for a doctoral programme which has two admissions periods each year, this means that you must graduate with a Master’s degree either by 31 July (for studies starting in autumn), or by 31 December (for studies starting in January). In this case, you may be admitted to a doctoral programme conditionally.
After you have graduated with a Master’s degree, you must deliver officially certified copies of the degree certificate and final transcript of records of your Master’s degree by post to Tampere University by the deadline given to you. If you do not submit an officially certified copy of your degree certificate to Tampere University by the given deadline, your conditional admission will expire.
If you will receive your final degree certificate after the application deadline, you will need to provide the following information in an informal statement uploaded to your online application form:
- list of the course units that are yet to be finished and
- your expected date of graduation
- other information that may be relevant to admission.
This statement replaces the degree certificate during the application process.
At this point, no statements/stamps from your university officials are required for this statement, but you must submit an official transcript and its official translation into English, Finnish or Swedish.
Please note that the transcript of records must include the name of the degree you will be awarded when you graduate (Master of, etc.). If your transcript of records does not include the name of the degree, you must submit officially certified educational documents where the name of the degree is stated or an official statement issued by the awarding institution.
Programmes with continuous admissions
If you are applying for a doctoral programme which has a continuous application period, this means that the decision whether you are accepted as a doctoral student or not will not be made until you have completed your degree and submitted the final educational documents officially certified.
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, which means that if you accept a study place for a doctoral programme at Tampere University, you cannot accept another study place during that same academic term.