APPLYING FOR DOCTORAL STUDIES
ELIGIBILITY FOR DOCTORAL STUDIES
An applicant who has taken a degree equivalent to the Finnish master’s degree can be admitted to doctor’s degree studies at the University of Lapland. If the University deems a degree deficient in some respect, the applicant may have to supplement his/her studies before beginning doctoral studies.
Before granting eligibility to a student for doctoral education, the faculty verifies that the completed degree provides sufficient readiness for doctoral studies in education.
A person who has completed abroad a degree corresponding to a higher degree can be granted the right to complete a doctoral degree, provided that he/she has sufficient readiness for doctoral studies and that the faculty can appoint an instructor.
A good command of the English and/or Finnish language is required. Applicants must demonstrate their language skills with one of the approved language proficiency tests or one of the other approved methods of demonstrating language proficiency. Please see the complete list from the Demonstrating Language Proficiency online for more details.
APPLYING FOR DOCTORAL STUDIES
International applicants who meet the general education and language requirements may apply for doctoral studies at the Faculty of Education.
You can apply for a doctoral study right in the Faculty of Education during an application period that is arranged twice a year.
- 15 April at 16:00
- 15 November at 16:00
For a justifiable reason you can also apply for the study right at other times. The justifiable reason may entail a situation in which funding to be received from a large research project (TEKES, Academy of Finland) requires a valid doctoral study right and the funding application period will end before the next application period for doctoral studies.
The applicant for doctoral studies is recommended already in the planning phase to consult the professor whose expertise is most closely related to the research topic in order to discuss the research topic, research plan, and other issues related to the doctoral studies. If you do not know who to consult you can contact first Dean or International Coordinator.
Required Enclosures to the Application
Documents can be submitted in Finnish, Swedish, or English (NB: All copies must be officially certified by the granting institution or a notary public.)
The following documents should be submitted to University of Lapland International Office:
- The application form, duly completed and signed
- A copy of your master’s degree certificate/diploma from an institution of higher education and its Finnish, English, or Swedish translation
- A transcript of records/grade report which indicates also the grading system of the institution of higher education and its Finnish, English, or Swedish translation
- A language test result or documentation of one of the other approved methods of demonstrating language proficiency in the English and/or Finnish language. Please see the Demonstrating Language Proficiency webpage for further details.
- A copy of your passport’s ID page
- A letter of motivation
- A short curriculum vitae.
- Two letters of reference from a former instructors or supervisors (or, alternatively, one letter of reference from a professor of the faculty you are applying to in case you have prior academic involvement)
- A preliminary research plan (about 10 pages)
- A financing plan for your studies
Please send the application and required enclosures to:
UNIVERSITY OF LAPLAND
Based on the presentation of the international coordinator, the Dean decides on the admission to doctoral studies after the professor’s statement and after the handling of the professors meeting on doctoral education. The process supervisor will inform the doctoral student about the strategic focus areas of the university, about the opportunities for different graduate schools and about the system of study in the centre of research education.
A process supervisor is appointed for the research during the application phase. The Faculty Council decides on the selection of supervisors. The decision requires a written consent from both the process supervisor and the student. At least two supervisors are recommended to all postgraduate students. Professors holding a doctoral degree or the title of docent can be appointed as scientific supervisor, preferably to be selected from the educational field of the faculty.
Admission is not granted if the applicant does not fulfill the terms of eligibility. Admission may also be denied due to insufficient supervision or financing resources or because the available expertise is not applicable to the applicant’s research topic.
Applicants who are not satisfied with the results of the student selection may appeal to the Dean of the Faculty of Education. The appeal must be submitted in writing and indicate in detail the decision against which the appeal is submitted as well as the grounds for the appeal. The appeal must arrive at the Registrar of the University of Lapland within 14 days of the publication of the admission decision.
Preliminary research plan should cover following:
- BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES OF THE RESEARCH
a. Research task or problem in general terms, comprehensibly
b. MOTIVATION and societal interest
- STARTING POINTS FOR THE RESEARCH
a. Theoretical starting points, relation to earlier research
b. Delimit the research / contextualize the viewpoint
- SPECIFYING THE RESEARCH PROBLEM/ RESEARCH QUESTIONS
a. What are the more precise questions that the research attempts to answer?
- MATERIALS AND METHODS
- ETHICAL PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS RELATED TO THE RESEARCH
- PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE AND ACTION PLAN (FINANCIAL PLAN)
- RESEARCH RESULTS
a. Type of research
c. Application possibilities / benefits of the results regarding the scientific community / others
The application must also include the timetable of the doctoral graduate studies to be completed in the faculty and the centre of research education, plan for attending national and international conferences, studying abroad and writing scientific article, and an estimation of the completion of the research.
The study and research plans need to be discussed with and confirmed by the supervising professor of the faculty.