Our research priorities
Our research is focused on pluralistic and multicultural art and design in northern regions. We also develop various creative art and design solutions to meet the requirements of services in the north.
Dialogue between art and science
Our research is enriched by
interaction between art and science, which come together in design and
media development and when creating new methods for community-based art
education, for example. Many of our doctoral dissertations also include
an artistic section, such as an exhibition or a product development
project, in addition to a scientific study.
Our research concentrates on ecologically, economically, culturally and socially sustainable design; environmental, winter and community art; and media and visual arts.
Our research covers
- artistic research
- service design, industrial and social design, interaction design
- audiovisual media culture and media art
- textile design and textile art
- functional and ecological environments of clothes
- artistic way of thinking and art education
- research on the production and interpretation of visual identities, information and images
- research on northern arts and culture and Finnish modern art in the collection of the Wihuri foundation
- art-based research, community-based art education and applied arts in northern environments
Research and development
Through our research and development we create new applications and innovations for the services of business life, culture, education, tourism, leisure and wellbeing.
Become our project partner
Our faculty is a reliable and active project partner. Our particular strengths are in Arctic design and art, and cooperation with businesses. We conduct wide-ranging research that aligns with our strategy and combines art and science. We also focus on producing various creative solutions to meet the needs of northern communities.
Aims of our project activity
Our aim is to strengthen the research and publishing activities in the field of art and design, and art education. At the same time we help research groups to compete for funding in the strategic areas of our faculty.
Our interdisciplinary research and development projects generate knowledge, materials and tools that can be applied when designing new products and services and when developing responsible business, culture, education, tourism and increasingly digital society.
Instructions for doctoral studies
Read the following instructions on how to apply for doctoral studies and the general advice on the Graduate School web pages.
In our postgraduate study guide you can find information on the procedures pertaining to the process of completing your doctoral dissertation and Doctor of Arts degree. Click here for the postgraduate study guide.
Grading scale of dissertations
We have updated our grading scale of dissertations. The new scale has taken effect on 1 January 2017.
View the new grading scale >
Make your research plan
Make your personal study plan
Your application should be appended with a personal study plan. When making your plan, comply with the requirements of the doctoral programme under consideration. In each programme, you can take courses from the Graduate School's offer and from other programmes.
If you have already agreed on supervising, complete the supervising agreement.
To the online application system
The next application period is:
- in spring 17 February – 9 March 2020 by 15:00 local Finnish time.
The application period in autumn will be 1 October – 22 October 2020.
The dates and times are local Finnish time. If your application is successful, your study right begins either on 1 January or 1 August, depending on whether you applied in autumn or spring. It is possible to grant the study right at other times, but we require strong grounds – such as significant research funding requiring a doctoral study right – for making such an exception. Your study right application is addressed to the faculty relevant to your research.
Structure of a doctoral degree
The doctoral degree contains 240 study credits (ECTS). This considerable amount of work is divided into sections: the doctoral dissertation constitutes 180 credits, and studies constitute altogether 60 credits.
Read more about the structure of a doctoral degree >
Admissions in spring 2020
The thematic doctoral programmes at the University of Lapland are currently being updated. The currently existing three thematic doctoral programmes will most likely be brought together into one thematic doctoral programme during 2020.
In the meantime, in the spring of 2020, new doctoral candidates will all be enrolled in the field-specific doctoral programme in their own Faculty (i.e. general doctoral programme). The courses offered under each field-specific doctoral programme (i.e. general doctoral programme ) is determined by the relevant Faculty.
However, all doctoral candidates have also the possibility to participate in the wide range of courses organized by the University’s Graduate School. The list of courses offered by the Graduate School is also currently being updated.