Degree Structure and Study Requirements

The studies leading to the licentiate and doctoral degrees available in the doctoral programme comprise the licentiate thesis or the doctoral dissertation, as well as transferable skills studies and studies in the discipline and field of research.

Detailed informormation of the courses in WebOodi course catalogue:

Studies required of students completing a licentiate or a doctoral degree at philosophical faculty (total 50 ECTS)

Research and working life skills (50 ECTS) ECTS
Transferable skills studies 10
Philosophy of science and ethics
- Research Ethics (UEF) 1 ECTS
- Methodology and history of research (UEF) 1,5 ECTS and/or Philosophy of Science 0,5-2 ECTS
Scientific Writing for Postgraduate Students (UEF) 2 ECTS. Not available on 2017-2018! 2
Academic and other working life skills
- For example: Presentations in scientific conferences, academic teaching positions and other expert positions, Speech Communication for Postgraduate Students (UEF) 2 ECTS; Media Communication for Postgraduate Students (UEF) 2 ECTS;
Studies in the discipline and field of research 40
Research methods
Methodological studies offered by the faculties
Research seminar of the student's discipline or research group 10
Other discipline-specific postgraduate studies and/or major or minor subject studies supporting the postgraduate research 25

Scope of studies by target degree:

Degree Generar Tranferable Skills Studies Studies in the discipline and field of research Total credits

Philosophical Faculty

Licentiate or Doctor of Education, and Licentiate or Doctor of Philosophy majoring in science of adult education, special pedagogy, craft science or home economics

10 40 50

Faculty of Science and Forestry

Licentiate or Doctor of Philosophy majoring in physics, chemistry or mathematics

10 20 30


Changing major, doctoral programme or faculty

If a change of major or doctoral programme requires a change of faculty, the student must make a new application for doctoral study rights in accordance with the application instructions and deadlines for the doctoral programme in question.

If a doctoral student wishes to change his/her major within a doctoral programme or degree, he/she may apply for a change in his/her study right on a separate form. Where necessary, a new research plan, commitments of supervisors and certificates of previous studies must be attached to the application.
It will be ascertained in conjunction with processing the application whether the applicant meets the selection criteria for the discipline in question. The new study right will be granted on the decision of the Dean and, under the same decision, the old study right will be revoked. In this case, it is not necessary to adhere to the doctoral programme application deadlines.

If a student wishes to change his/her doctoral programme without changing faculty or major, the recommendation of the main supervisor is sufficient.


Transferable Skills Studies

The UEF Doctoral School organises transferable skills courses which are common to all doctoral students at UEF.
The aim of transferable skills courses is that the postgraduate student

  •     familiarises him/herself with the theory and philosophy of science and research ethics and assumes a good scientific practice
  •     is able to plan a scientific research project, including problematization, methods, resources and scheduling
  •     acquires good communication skills: general and scientific oral and writing skills and popularization of science.
  •     learns management and teamwork skills
  •     can give education and is able to work in various expert tasks. 

Study plan

The following Transferable Skills Courses are available in English:

  • 8010061 Conference English, 3 cp
  • 8010060 English for Postgraduate Students, 4 cp
  • 8022020 Research Information Retrieval and Management, 2 cp
  • 1145018 Doctoral Studies, Career and Networking, 1 cp
  • 1145012 Business for PhD Students, 2 cp
  • 1145004 Scientific Thought and the History of Science, 3 cp
  • 1145003 Research Ethics, 1 cp
  • 1145006 Research Project Management, 2 cp
  • 1145010 Research Supervision, 1 cp
  • 1145001 Seminar for Doctoral Students and Supervisors, 1 cp

The study plan, registration for courses and course timetables can be found in WebOodi under the UEF Doctoral School. More information: Merja Lyytikäinen