Arctic and northern dimension
Doctoral dissertations constitute a significant part of the research we carry out at our university. Doctoral education here is, however, much more than the dissertation: through doctoral education at the University of Lapland, you claim a place in the academic community as an international expert in your field. We warmly welcome new enthusiastic researchers into our research community, particularly if you take an interest in Arctic and northern issues.
You become a member of the academic community
As a doctoral candidate, it is important that you identify yourself as a member of the academic community. Carrying out research requires self-discipline and strong internal motivation. Growing as a researcher and developing a researcher identity, however, means that you need to get to know other doctoral candidates and to integrate into the academic community. Participating in course meetings in situ is therefore very valuable, although we also have online courses. Please note that some courses require attendance due to their content or learning aims.
We support your internationalisation
We consider the international aspect very important in our daily work at the Graduate School: we communicate in two languages and we organise courses in both Finnish and English. You can also benefit from international student mobility support; it is meant for studies or practical training. You can obtain a doctoral degree at two universities – the University of Lapland and another university outside Finland – through the Cotutelle agreement.
Funding doctoral studies
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You can conduct doctoral studies either as an employed researcher or on various grants. The most financially stable way is to get an employed position in a doctoral programme or research project. Such positions are open quite rarely and they are understandably actively competed for. Therefore, it is definitely advisable to look into other funding opportunities as well.
Read more about ethical review
If your research topic or setting requires ethical review, you can ask our research ethics committee for a statement. Due attention to ethical review 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.
How to apply
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Each ULapland doctoral candidate belongs to one of our faculties and one of our doctoral programmes. As faculties eventually grant the doctoral degrees, applicants also apply to the relevant faculty.
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We have four doctoral programmes. Each doctoral candidate belongs to one of the four programmes and the doctoral path is defined primarily by your programme. You are also welcome to take courses in other programmes if there are places available on the course. The doctoral programmes have candidates from all faculties.
The general doctoral programme is home to various discipline-specific doctoral paths.
We have three multidisciplinary doctoral programmes that support our university's strategy:
Culture-based service design
Communities and changing work
Northern cultures and natural resource politics