DEGREE STRUCTURES AND CURRICULUMS
Criteria for a Thesis
- Doctor of Philosophy (Education) 240 ECTS cr.
1. Active participation in Doctoral seminar (20 ECTS cr.) throughout the doctoral studies,
2. Studies in educational theories, methodology and methods (25-35 ECTS cr.),
3. Studies in educational specialisation and development of expertise in one’s field of research (25-35 ECTS cr.) including publishing a scientific article, and
4. Doctoral thesis and public examination of the dissertation (160 ECTS cr.).
KKAS1201 Doctoral seminar (20 ECTS cr.)
KKAS1401 Studies in a relevant field of science, educational theories, methodology and methods
(25-35 ECTS cr.)
• Doctoral studies and literature essays in the area of research
• minor subject studies
• Doctoral studies and literature essays in epistemology, philosophy and methodology of the area of research
• philosophy of science and research ethics
• writing scientific texts for domestic and international forums
• presentation and argumentation in scientific communities
KKAS1402 Studies in educational specialisation and development of expertise in one’s field of research (25-35 ECTS cr.) including publishing a scientific article (8-12 ECTS cr.)
To be agreed with the supervisor:
• Participation and text presentation in a seminar (e.g. graduate school) 2 – 3 ECTS cr.
• Participation and text presentation in a national conference (3 ECTS cr.) or international conference (5 ECTS cr.)
• Article in a domestic or international publication 4-6 cr.
• Article in a domestic or international refereed publication 8 – 12 cr.
• Editing a book 4-8 ECTS cr.
• Scientific specialist tasks 4-6 ECTS cr.
• Teaching theory or methodology at the university 4-8 ECTS cr.
A thesis must demonstrate ability to use scientific research methods, and it must offer a scientific contribution containing new knowledge.
A thesis may comprise
- a coherent manuscript (monograph) or
- a sufficient number of scientific publications or manuscripts approved for publication and a summary thereof. The sufficient number of texts is defined by the university and the texts must deal with a common problem setting.
The monograph, the article thesis, and the thesis concept of a Doctor of Philosophy are based on scientific research, and they also constitute a thematic and research-oriented concept. When evaluating the article thesis concept, attention must be paid to the extent to which the articles, together with the introduction, form a research-oriented, deepening, and scientific text.
An article thesis consists of a summary and 4-6 published scientific articles. The articles and summary must yield a new scientific contribution that corresponds to that of an integrated doctoral thesis in terms of scientific quality and other requirements. The summary article introduces, justifies, and assesses the objectives, methods, materials, and results of the composite doctoral thesis. The purpose of the summary is to show the research- and theory-based relationship between the constituent publications and to combine the parts into a whole. It may also bring out new results and contemplations not included in the articles. The recommended length of the summary is from 50 to 70 pages.
At least four of the articles must have been published or vetted for publication in scientifically peer-reviewed journals or compilations (referee system). Only one of the articles can be published in department series and in that case an additional review is required. At least in two of the articles the doctoral candidate must be the only or the first author. The doctoral candidate must have independent contribution to all of the articles and contribution to the co-authored articles of the thesis must be salient. If there are more than four articles some may be recently submitted. Articles should not be published more than ten years ago.
The doctoral thesis is written in Finnish, Swedish, or English or in some other language approved by the faculty. The author must make sure that the language of the thesis leaves no room for complaint.
Doctor of Philosophy 240 ECTS cr.
Faculty of Education may grant the right to complete the degree of Doctor of Philosophy to a person who has completed a basic degree in an area other than education at a Finnish institute of higher education or a degree corresponding to a Finnish basic degree at a foreign institute of similar status. Also right to complete the degree of Doctor of Philosophy will be granted for a multidisciplinary dissertation or if the applicant wishes to have Gender Studies as major subject.
- Active participation in doctoral seminar (20 ECTS cr.) throughout the doctoral studies,
- Studies in educational theories, methodology and methods (25-35 ECTS cr.),
- Studies in educational specialisation and development of expertise in one’s field of research (25-35 ECTS cr.) including publishing a scientific article, and
- Doctoral thesis and public examination of the dissertation (160 ECTS cr.).
If you are missing basic or subject level studies in the major subject, you should do supplementary studies before applying to postgraduate studies. Otherwise the instructions for Doctor of Philosophy will be followed whenever applicable.