According to the Universities Act of Finland (558/2009, Chapter 5, Section 37), eligible for studies leading to a doctoral degree shall be a person who has completed an applicable higher university or polytechnic degree, a person who has completed an applicable education abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for corresponding higher education, or a person whom the university judges otherwise to have sufficient knowledge and skills for the studies.
There is no term fee for doctoral education in the University of Eastern Finland.
If you are applying for a doctoral study right in a field of research which has not been the main field of you Master's degree, the faculty may require you to complete supplementary studies to ensure that you are qualified to take part in doctoral studies. Possible supplementary studies are specified when the right to doctoral studies is granted and cannot be included in the doctoral degree.
The most important admission criterion for doctoral studies is consent from the supervisor. Other criteria may include performance in previous studies, a preliminary research plan (including financial plan), and a motivation letter.
In addition to the general eligibility criteria for pursuing doctoral studies, the previous studies required for the doctoral degree programme are as follows by discipline or field of research:
- Aerosol physics / Environmental physics: Relevant previous qualifications are physics, chemistry, technical sciences, environmental science or another relevant field.
- Environmental science: Relevant previous qualifications are environmental science, biology, biosciences, physics, chemistry or another relevant field.
- Biology: Relevant previous qualifications are biology, environmental science, forest science or another relevant field.
The leader group of the programme decides on the qualification of previous studies after consultation with the supervisors in the relevant field of research.