Transfer of doctoral students to the doctoral programmes of the University’s graduate school

 

Rector’s decision 16 January 2014

Guidelines: Transfer of doctoral students to the doctoral programmes of the University’s graduate school

Thematic doctoral programmes of the Graduate School

The Graduate School Working Group in the Academy of Finland put forward recommendations about centralising researcher training into graduate schools containing multidisciplinary research programmes; the programmes should be based on the University strategy.

According to the Rector’s decision on 9 August 2013, three thematic doctoral programmes will be commenced in 2013–2016 at the University of Lapland:
• Culture-centred service design
• Northern cultures and sustainable natural resources politics
• Communities and changing work.

The programme Culture-centred service design was the first to commence at the beginning of 2014. Two junior researchers and status position holders have been appointed.

The programme Northern cultures and sustainable natural resources politics will begin to operate on 1 May 2014. The recruitment process of junior researchers was commenced in January 2014. The third programme, Communities and changing work, will begin to operate on 1 August 2014.

All junior researcher positions are announced vacant on the University website (www.ulapland.fi/vacancies) and through the graduate school’s e-mailing list which is meant for all doctoral students of the University.

In the doctoral programmes, a successful completion of a doctoral degree requires a dissertation (180 ECTS) and other studies (60 ECTS).
Other studies consist of:
• Philosophy of science and general research skills (20 ECTS)
• Faculty-specific and field specific studies (20 ECTS)
• Thematic studies of the doctoral programme(20 ECTS)

Faculties approve and confirm the structures and curricula of the doctoral programmes.

The thematic doctoral programmes aim to improve collaboration between faculties and other units in research and supervising. The doctoral programmes follow the generally recommended time for completing of a doctoral degree – four years.

Other doctoral programmes

Doctoral students who will not carry out their doctoral degrees in any of the thematic doctoral programmes belong to the general doctoral programme of the graduate school. The content of the general doctoral programme is defined according to doctoral degree requirements confirmed by the faculties. Students in the general doctoral programme are entitled to select courses in the thematic programmes as well.

Transfer of doctoral students to the doctoral programmes of the University’s graduate school

The study rights of current ULapland doctoral students will remain as they are. Faculties will continue to take in new doctoral students; they will carry out studies in the general or thematic doctoral programmes.

The University’s graduate school will advise doctoral students about the transfer to the doctoral programmes of the graduate school.

The University’s doctoral students will transfer to the doctoral programmes in the following way:
• A doctoral student will decide, after a discussion with the supervisor or professor in charge, whether to complete his/her degree in the general doctoral programme or one of the thematic programmes.
• After the decision is made, the student will inform the Student Services about it. This is to be done by no later than when registering for the autumn term 2014.

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Rector Mauri Ylä-Kotola
Director of Administration and Legal Affairs Markus Aarto