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Doctoral Programmes

The application process takes place through the university’s doctoral programmes. Before applying to a doctoral programme, the applicant should discuss the possible topic of the dissertation and other study plans with a professor or an adjunct professor in the field. Doctoral students need a responsible supervisor who oversees their progress towards their degree as well as a co-supervisor, or a follow-up group.

More information on applying to a doctoral programme is available in the admission requirements of the programme as well as from the persons who are responsible for doctoral education at the faculty.

Instructions in brief

  1. Carefully read through the admissions requirements for your doctoral programme.
  2. Draft a research plan before contacting a prospective supervisor, so that they may get a good idea of your research topic before they agree to be your supervisor.
  3. When you have a supervisor, apply in
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Doctoral programmes and application periods

Continuous application

Programmes which have continuous application process applications once a month apart from July. In autumn 2021, applicants can submit their applications between 2 August - 30 November (application period ends at 3 p.m. (Finnish time)). The results are announced on the last workday of the month except in December when the results are announced on 17 December.

For the Doctoral Programme of Humans and Technologies, applicants can submit their applications between 2 August - 12 November (application period ends at 3 p.m. (Finnish time)). Applications are reviewed twice per term and, in autumn 2021, results are announced 30 September and 30 November.

Instructions on how to apply

Application period twice a year (application periods in April and October)

The next application period is on 1 - 29 October 2021. The application period ends at 15.00 p.m. (Finnish time). Exception to this is the Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management whose application period ends on 15 October. The results are announced at the latest on 17 December.

Instructions on how to apply

Before contacting a prospective supervisor, please think through the following questions

  • 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?

Application period every other year

The next application period for IPPE is in late 2022.

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Structure and duration of studies

In addition to the doctoral dissertation, the requirements for a doctoral degree include 40 ECTS credits of other studies. The structure of the other studies can be found in the curriculum of your doctoral programme.

For full-time doctoral students, the target time of completing the doctoral degree is four years. Part-time students may take longer to complete their degree.

Doctoral dissertation

To earn a doctoral degree, students must complete a dissertation and defend it in a public examination. Students prepare a dissertation to demonstrate their ability to produce original scientific knowledge in the field of their research. Writing the dissertation requires that the student is capable of conducting independent scientific research.


Doctoral studies can be financed in a variety of ways. However, admittance to a doctoral programme does not guarantee funding. Students are recommended to contact their supervisor before starting their doctoral studies to discuss their funding options. Funding options for doctoral studies are at least the following:

The Doctoral School of Industry Innovations

The Doctoral School of Industry Innovations (DSII) offers Doctoral Researchers a unique opportunity to undertake dissertation research, gain a thorough understanding of product development, tackle real-world business challenges and expand their professional networks. Tampere University hires a Doctoral Researcher to complete a four-year, company-sponsored dissertation project under the joint supervision of a university professor and a company representative. 

Read more about DSII

China Scholarship Council Tampere University scholarship programme

The joint programme allows for ten Chinese PhD students to start and complete a full PhD programme with CSC funding at Tampere University annually. For PhD students to funding is up to 48 months in total. The applicants should have received a definite offer letter from Tampere University when submitting the application to CSC.

Read more about the scholarship programme

Tampere University Doctoral School

The Doctoral School supports the development of diverse, multidisciplinary and international expertise among doctoral researchers and works to promote employability of our doctoral graduates.

You will be able to select courses that meet your needs over 50 courses that the Doctoral School offers each year. We give English-taught courses both online and in a physical classroom environment.

The Doctoral School hosts regular events for doctoral researchers such as Orientation Day, monthly Morning Coffee and Mobility Cafe. You get to meet other doctoral researchers, network and receive peer support.

Our courses and events provide you with the opportunity to gain experience of multidisciplinary and international teamwork while making effective progress towards your degree.

Get to know the Doctoral School