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New career stories of the University of Lapland’s doctoral graduates


In our new YouTube videos, our doctoral graduates share their doctoral stories and tell about the significance of doctoral education to their careers.

The University of Lapland produces about 30 doctoral graduates annually. Doctoral education is available in the form of discipline-specific doctoral programmes offered by the Faculties of Education; Law; Art and Design; and Social Sciences, as well as the multidisciplinary thematic doctoral programme The Arctic in a Changing World. The doctoral programmes lead to the degrees of Doctor of Arts, Doctor of Administrative Sciences, Doctor of Social Sciences, Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Philosophy (Education), and Doctor of Philosophy.

Doctoral graduates are employed in teaching and research positions, high-level design and development positions, leadership and managerial positions, and other expert positions. The wide range of high-level expert positions outside research institutions in companies and the public sector employ doctoral graduates while some doctoral graduates also work as self-employed entrepreneurs.

There are two application periods for our doctoral programmes every year, one in the spring and one in the autumn. The next application period is from 8 February to 1 March 2022.

Executive Director Anne Ollila works at the Reindeer Herders’ Association and holds a doctoral degree in Social Sciences. Discover Anne’s doctoral story.

Attorney-at-Law, Trained on the Bench, Heikki Huhtamäki works at the Huhtamäki Brothers Attorneys law firm and holds a Doctor of Laws degree. Discover Heikki’s doctoral story.

Programme Director Maija Gellin works at the Finnish Forum for Mediation (FFM) in the School Mediation Programme VERSO. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Faculty of Education. Discover Maija’s doctoral story.

Linus Schaaf works at People & Transformation Strategy of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and holds a Doctor of Arts degree from the Faculty of Art and Design. Discover Linus’s doctoral story.

The Doctoral Stories video series is part of the activities undertaken during the Working Life Cooperation in Strategic Doctoral Training (PhD Work) project of the Graduate School of the University of Lapland. The project is funded by the European Social Fund.

Further information

Paula Tulppo, Project Manager
Working Life Cooperation in Strategic Doctoral Training (PhD Work) project, ULapland Graduate School
+358 40 484 4379