How to apply for doctoral studies?

The application deadlines for the Doctoral Programme in Educational Studies:  31 October 2018 and 30 April, 2019.

Applications should have the following documents:

  • Application form for postgraduate studies. On line application form will be published in the beginning of March 2019.
  • Research proposal (pdf)
  • Copies of previous higher education degree certificates and other documents which affect eligibility for studies

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

Further information: FiloDoctoralstudies(at)

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).