How to apply for doctoral studies?


The application deadlines for the Doctoral Programme in Educational Studies is twice a year:  30 April and 31 October.

Online application form for the next application deadline (30 April 2019) will be published in the beginning of March in Studyinfo.fi. Link below.

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Applications should have the following documents:

  • Research proposal (pdf) approved by the supervisors
  • Written consent of at least two supervisors (for example consent sent by e-mail)
  • Copies of previous higher education degree certificates, transcripts  and other documents which affect eligibility for studies

How to fill the online application form:

Please note that you have to fill in and submit the online application with attachments  by 30 April at 11:59 pm Finnish time. Make sure that you have all necessary attachments at your application before the dead line.

Required enclosures must be uploaded electronically to the application (recommended file types pdf and jpeg, max. file size 1 GB).
We accept scanned copies of the original degree certificates and transcripts as well as the translations when they are required.
We do not accept scans of photocopies unless they have been certified by the awarding institution.
Please scan the original documents with care, always scan in color and remember to scan all pages. If your scan is blurred, discoloured or the file is flawed it will not be accepted. The use of PDF -format is encouraged, as this ensures that the files can be opened in all operating systems.

Upon request, original degree certificates must be presented to the amanuensis of postgraduate studies.

Further information: FiloDoctoralstudies(at)uef.fi

How to apply?

A doctoral study right is granted as a result of an application in which the applicant suggests supervisors and makes a research plan. Study right to doctoral studies in Finland does not include scholarship or funding. Funding has to be applied for from various sources separately.

Accepting the Study Right and Registration

The one-place-per-student provision entered into force in autumn 2016. According to this provision, a student may accept only one study place per academic year in a degree programme leading to a higher education degree.   In practice, this means that a student accepted to a doctoral programme is required to notify the university of whether he or she will accept the offered study place or not. This notification should be made by filling out and returning a form that is included in the university's letter of acceptance. A student accepted to a doctoral programme is required to return the form to the university's Admissions Office by the deadline indicated. If the student fails to return the form by the deadline, he or she will lose the study place. A new study place can be obtained by re-applying for admission only.

New doctoral students must accept the study right and then register as a student in the university's Student Services. You can find instructions for registration in Kamu.  Registration for the next academic year must be completed before 15 September through a student information system WebOodi, e-mail or phone (p. +358 29 445 8900). Please note that in order to maintain your study right you must register to the university each year.

A student who fails to register annually during the registration period will be removed from the university registers and he or she will need to re-apply for admission as a student using a separate form. The student will also be charged a re-registration fee (€35).