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At our faculty you can pursue the Licentiate of Laws and Doctor of Laws degrees. You can decide whether to take postgraduate studies on a part-time or a full-time basis.
A large part of the studies is comprised of independent work, in other words, writing your licentiate thesis or doctoral dissertation. The targeted completion time of the studies, if undertaken on a full-time basis, is four years for the doctoral degree and two years for the licentiate degree.
Full-time postgraduate students are either employed by our faculty as researchers or fund their studies with independently acquired grants. Full-time students often aim directly for the doctoral degree and pursue an academic career after graduation.
POSTGRADUATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 2018-2019.pdf
POSTGRADUATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 2019-2020.pdf
Part-time studying is a popular option among practicing lawyers who wish
to acquire further qualifications. In this case, the postgraduate
studies not only enhance the students' professional expertise but also
support the knowledge exchange between legal research and practice.
Please get in touch with the administrative manager at our faculty if you are interested in taking postgraduate studies in law.
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 >