Selection criteria and applying
The right to study for a licentiate’s or doctor’s degree can be granted to a person who has a Master’s degree or a corresponding Finnish or foreign degree and who has completed advanced studies or corresponding studies in the major subject of the postgraduate degree that the person is applying for.
You must deliver a written application to the faculty to obtain the right to complete a licentiate's or doctor's degree. Use the accompanying form to apply for the right to study for a postgraduate degree. Attach to the application a certified copy of the degree certificate and transcript of records, a research plan and other required documents mentioned in the selection criteria.
You can apply for a postgraduate study right in the Faculty of
Social Sciences during an application period that is arranged twice a
year – in April and in November.
When applying for a postgraduate study right, use the
application form available on this website. Deliver the
application form to the faculty office / chief of administration (P.O.
Box 122, FI-96101 Rovaniemi, visiting address Yliopistonkatu 8) by the
- Spring 2015: 15 Apr 2015 at 15.00.
- Autumn 2015: 16 Nov 2015 at 15.00.
- Spring 2016: 15 Apr 2015 at 15.00.
- Autumn 2016: 15 Nov 2016 at 15.00.
- Spring: 2017: 17 Apr 2017 at 15.00.
- a certified copy of the degree diploma stated in the
- a certified copy of completed,
advanced-level major subject studies or corresponding studies
- a preliminary research plan regarding your licentiate or
doctoral thesis (see structure of the research plan attached to this website).Those who have taken a degree abroad must attach a
summary of the written thesis corresponding to a pro gradu (Master’s)
thesis and an account of the studies included in the degree. The summary
of the thesis must be written in English.
Selection and results
Postgraduate students are selected on the basis of the quality
and contents of the research plan. Quality relates to the clarity and
feasibility of the plan as well as its potential to create new knowledge
for the benefit of the discipline. Contents relate to the importance
and innovativeness of the topic and to the way in which the topic
corresponds to the research aims of the faculty.
The results of the admission are sent in a letter to all
applicants immediately after the decision – in spring latest on 31 May
and in autumn latest on 15 December. The student will receive
simultaneously a right to study for the degrees of Licentiate/Doctor of
Social Sciences or Administrative Sciences.