The Graduate School at our university organises studies that are open to ULapland doctoral candidates from all the faculties. We provide useful information to doctoral candidates and supervisors through events and information kits. We also manage e-mailing lists for both groups. Now the Graduate School also contributes to strengthening doctoral candidates' connections with the private sector.
The Graduate School and thematic doctoral programmes are being renewed in academic year 2019–2020. Please note that this renewal may have an effect on the thematic course offer starting as of 1 August 2020–2021.
Culture-based service design
Culture-based service design is an international doctoral programme that takes a unique approach in crossing disciplinary boundaries. It combines theoretical traditions of art with cultural research while opening a new perspective on the shared ties of service design, society and culture.
Communities and changing work
In this doctoral programme, you study and interpret the changes taking place in work and communities at various levels. The programme combines the themes of sustainable development, collaboration and new forms of organisation, widening your expertise on local and global phenomena.
General doctoral programme
In addition to the three thematic doctoral programmes, we offer you the general doctoral programme. Research topics in this programme are often field-specific. Choosing the general doctoral programme means that the structure of your degree and your doctoral path follow the framework set by your faculty.
Northern cultures and natural resource politics
Cultural, social, legal and economic interests meet in the use of natural resources. This doctoral programme builds on the dependence of the northern and Arctic regions on their natural resources and conditions amidst a sustained global interest towards exploiting natural resources.
Piritta Parkkari did her PhD on the practices of organisations that promote entrepreneurship
Piritta Parkkari defended her thesis in management and organisation studies, showing that the promotion of entrepreneurship affects the way in which entrepreneurship is perceived.
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If your research topic or setting requires ethical consideration, you can ask our research ethics committee for a statement. Due attention to ethical questions is in order if your research involves minors, for example. The funding source, co-operation partner or publication channel of your research may also require ethical review.
Internationalisation in doctoral studies
We encourage our doctoral candidates to go global. The international aspect is very important in our everyday work: our communication takes place in two languages and we organise courses in both Finnish and English. We also provide support for doctoral candidates' international conference travel costs. The Cotutelle agreement enables you to obtain a doctoral degree at two universities – the University of Lapland and another university outside Finland. You can also benefit from student exchange programmes and practical training managed by the Internationalisation Services.
Voice: Doctoral candidate James McKeown
James McKeown is carrying out his doctoral research in International Relations at the University of Lapland. He is interested in issues of social vulnerabilities and the struggle for social protection especially for the elderly. He was motivated to write this article to expose the enormity and general prevalence of elder abuse as evident in both high-income and low-income countries.
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Publishing a dissertation
The process of your manuscript to become a published doctoral dissertation can take several months, even up to nine months. This is due to some factors influencing the process that are not dependent on the doctoral candidate or the supervisor.
The library has guidelines about publishing a dissertation. Please be active well in advance of your public defence. We recommend that you contact the Graduate School (dissertations(at)ulapland.fi) about publishing your dissertation two months before the date of you public defence. By this point, the content of your dissertation should be finalised.
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Doctoral dissertations at the University of Lapland are published mainly electronically, as open access online publications in the Acta electronica Universitatis Lapponiensis series if the publisher is the University of Lapland. The publishing platform is the Lauda repository which is the institutional repository of the University of Lapland. Publishing a dissertation in electronic format is free of charge for ULapland doctoral candidates. If the doctoral candidate wishes to have extra copies in print format, this can be done on the candidate’s own expense. The University of Lapland covers the expenses of print copies made for the public defence: the doctoral candidate, custos, pre-examiners, the ULapland archive, and the home faculty of the doctoral candidate will each receive a copy.
Your dissertation must be published at least ten (10) days prior to the public defence. This is also when your electronic dissertation is put on public display on the ULapland front page, and a print copy is delivered to the main hall of the ULapland main building (address: Yliopistonkatu 8, Rovaniemi). If you are not publishing your dissertation electronically, only a print version will be put on public display.
If you are graduating from the Faculty of Art and Design and your dissertation includes an artistic production, a series of productions, a product development project or their recording, you must announce the location for viewing at least ten (10) days prior to the public defence.
Press release about a dissertation
The Communications and External Relations at the University of Lapland will e-mail the doctoral candidate well before the public examination to discuss communication about the dissertation. The candidate should write a draft to be further edited into a press release. The draft should be delivered to the Communications and External Relations no later than two weeks prior to the public examination.
Language versions and their distribution should also be agreed on well in advance.
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A lectio praecursoria is a short presentation or an introductory lecture given by the doctoral candidate about the background and most interesting points of the research. A good lectio praecursoria is understandable also to those who have not familiarised themselves with the dissertation earlier.
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The faculty council grants the doctoral candidate permission to defend the dissertation. The council also appoints both the opponent and the custos. The public examination is arranged no earlier than four weeks after permission to defend the dissertation has been granted so that there is enough time for preparations. When the permission has been granted, the administrative secretary of the faculty sends a letter to the doctoral candidate to provide further advice about the arrangements. The faculty covers the travel and accommodation costs of the opponent while helping with other practicalities. The administrative secretary also contacts the custos and the opponent about to make necessary arrangements.
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