Am I eligible for doctoral studies?
Section 37, subsection 3 of the Finnish Universities Act (558/2009) stipulates about the eligibility for studies leading to a higher university degree as follows:
Eligible for studies leading only to a higher university degree shall be a person
(1) who has an applicable lower university degree;
(2) who has an applicable polytechnic degree; or
(3) who has an applicable education completed abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for corresponding higher education.
This means that you need to have a degree equivalent to a Finnish master's degree. If you're in doubt about the eligibility of your current degree, please get in touch with us.
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What are the thematic doctoral programmes?
What is the role of the Graduate School in doctoral studies?
The Graduate School is mainly a coordinating organ that supports the faculties by coordinating and organising certain parts of the doctoral degree. Your faculty grants the study right and – eventually – the doctoral degree.
The Graduate School organises joint studies
which are open for all ULapland doctoral candidates and constitute a part of the doctoral degree. In addition, the Graduate School organises thematic studies
(20 ECTS) in the thematic, multidisciplinary doctoral programmes. There are three thematic, multidisciplinary doctoral programmes: Culture-Based Service Design
, Northern Cultures and Natural Resource Politics
, and Communities and Changing Work
What is the general doctoral programme?
The general doctoral programme
follows the degree structure of the faculty you choose. Doctoral studies that are field-specific are carried out in the general doctoral programme. The faculty is your primary contact in that case. Please note, however, that doctoral candidates of the general doctoral programme are also welcome to participate in courses of the thematic doctoral programmes; cross-studying is allowed and we wish doctoral candidates from the general doctoral programme warmly welcome to the thematic courses. The doctoral candidates of the particular thematic programme have primacy, however, if there is a limited number of places on the course.
Is there any funding available for doctoral studies?
If my application is successful, how will I keep myself informed?
After receiving a doctoral study right, join the Graduate School’s e-mailing list by filling in the form available on the Graduate School's website, the pages for doctoral candidates
. Information about the Graduate School’s courses and events, funding opportunities, upcoming conferences and other current issues is conveyed through the e-mailing list.
Your faculty has an e-mailing list as well, please ask about it from your faculty’s administrative manager or head of study affairs.