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 degrees study quide 2021-2022.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.
Write your research plan
To apply for the right to pursue doctoral studies, you need a research plan. The research plan must include a schedule and information on funding. We have developed a research plan template based on the Academy of Finland's research plan structure. If you wish, you can also use a different template, but please make sure that your research plan contains all the information provided in a potential job advertisement for a salaried PhD position.
In your application, much value is placed on the quality of your research plan. Therefore, it is wise to discuss your plan – and refine it based on feedback – beforehand with a potential supervisor. It is also rather clear that it is advisable to read the supervisor's scholarly work as well.
Research plan template >
Research plans are requested primarily in English, as international experts can participate in the evaluation of applications. You may also submit a research plan in Finnish or Swedish.
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
Application periods in year 2021:
- 9 February–2 March 2021 by 15:00 (local Finnish time).
- 5–26 October 2021 by 15:00 (local Finnish time).
Application periods in year 2022:
- 8 February – 1 March 2022 by 15:00 (local Finnish time)
- 4–25 October 2022 by 15:00 (local Finnish time).
Application periods in year 2023:
- 7–28 February 2023 by 15:00 (local Finnish time)
- 3–24 October 2023 by 15:00 (local Finnish time).
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 >