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
- Carefully read through the admissions requirements for your doctoral programme
- 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
- When you have a supervisor, apply in Studyinfo.fi
Doctoral programmes and application periods
Programmes which have continuous application process applications once a month apart from July. In spring 2020, applicants can submit their applications between 2 January - 29 May (application period ends at 3 p.m. (Finnish time). The results are announced on the last workday of the month except in June when the results are announced on 18 June.
- Doctoral Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (DPBMSE)
- Doctoral Programme in the Built Environment (RYTO)
- Doctoral Programme of Computing and Electrical Engineering (DPCEE)
- Doctoral Programme in Engineering and Natural Sciences (TLTO)
- Doctoral Programme in Engineering Sciences (TTITO)
- Doctoral Programme in Medicine and Life Sciences (DPMLS)
Application period twice a year (application periods in April and October)
The next application period is on 1 - 30 April 2020. 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 April. The results are announced at the latest on 18 June.
- Doctoral Programme of Administrative Sciences, Economics and Business Administration and Political Sciences (DPHKP)
- Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management (TOTO) – application period ends on 15 April
- Doctoral Programme in Communication, Media and Theatre (DPCMT)
- Doctoral Programme of Education and Society (DPEDU)
- Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences (DPHS)
- Doctoral Programme in History (DPHI)
- Doctoral Programme in Information and Systems (DPIS)
- Doctoral Programme in Information Studies and Interactive Media (DPII)
- Doctoral Programme in Interactive Technology (DPIT)
- Doctoral Programme in Language Studies (DPLA)
- Doctoral Programme in Literary Studies (DPLS)
- Doctoral Programme in Medicine (DPMD)
- Doctoral Programme in Philosophy (DPPH)
- Doctoral Programme in Psychology and Logopedics (DPPL)
- Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences (DPSS)
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
Structure and duration of studies
In addition to the doctoral dissertation, the requirements for a doctoral degree include 30-60 ECTS credits of other studies the amount of which depends on your doctoral programme. 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.
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:
- Employment at the University (either project funding or a separate doctoral education funding)
- Scholarships and grants
- Student financial aid (if eligible)
- Adult Education Allowance of the Education Fund
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.
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 deadline for applications to the joint scholarship programme is 31 March for the Chinese applicants. The applicants should have received a definite offer letter from Tampere University when submitting the application to CSC.
We will publish a web page for the scholarship programme soon. For now, please contact your doctoral programme administrative staff to know more.
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 from among the 50 or so courses that the Doctoral School offers on an yearly basis. We offer English-taught courses both online and in a physical classroom environment. Our courses and events offer you the opportunity to gain experience of multidisciplinary and international teamwork while making effective progress towards your degree.