A licentiate or a doctoral degree consists of the following elements:
- A doctoral dissertation or licentiate thesis.
- Postgraduate studies (30 ECTS): Transferable skills studies (5 ECTS) and Studies in the discipline and field of research (25 ECTS).
In addition to licentiate/doctoral studies, you may, if necessary, be required to complete supplementary studies (see below).
You studies need to include at least 30 ECTS of which a min. of 5 ECTS should be transferable skills studies and 25 ECTS studies in discipline and field of research as described below. You need to submit your study plan to the Administration Service Center of the Faculty of Science and Foresty within three months after receiving your study right for postgraduate studies. Please use our programme's study plan template. Before signing and submitting your doctoral study plan to the Faculty of Science and Forestry, please submit it to Marjoriitta Möttönen, the coordinator of FORES, for pre-checking.
Transferable skills studies (5 ECTS)
The general transferable skills studies should include (1) ethics of science (1145003 Research ethics, 1 ECTS) and (2) management of a research project (1145006 Research project management, 2 ECTS). In addition, transferable skills studies may include scientific communication and immaterial rights or other general transferable skills courses provided by the UEF Doctoral School. Descriptions of the courses provided by the UEF Doctoral School each year can be found in WebOodi (UEF Doctoral School > Doctoral School of the University of Eastern Finland).
Studies in the discipline and field of research (25 ECTS)
Studies in the discipline and field of research are largely elective. Elective studies in the discipline and field of research must support your efforts to complete the doctoral dissertation or licentiate thesis. They should also include "3514001 Postgraduate Research Seminar, Forestry" in which you present your research plan or your research related to your doctoral dissertation or licentiate thesis.
Optional forms of study that can be included in the studies within the discipline and field of research include the following:
- Completing the courses in the theory of science and methodology, the associated lectures and exercises.
- Reviewing scientific research and methodology related to the topic of the doctoral dissertation or licentiate thesis and preparing written summaries for the supervisor or sitting examinations on key works (max. 4 ECTS) *(1).
- Preparing advanced-level courses related to the topic of the doctoral dissertation or licentiate thesis and teaching them (max. 4 ECTS) *(2)
- Participation in the international scientific conferences (a poster or oral presentation) (max. 1-2 ECTS) *(3)
- Publication in scientific peer-reviewed journal related to your doctoral dissertation/licentiate thesis (which will not be included in your doctoral dissertation/licentiate thesis) (max. 4 ECTS) *(4)
* You need to make a written application which includes detailed information about the activity, e.g. which literature and/or methodology has been studied and/or the topics, authors and number of pages of the included literature (1); the name of the course and the number of teaching hours (2); the name, date and place of the conference and the name of your presentation/poster in it (3); the name of the article and the publication series and your own contribution in that etc. (4) to the coordinator of FORES (Marjoriitta Möttönen) after which the director of FORES may approve those to be included in your postgraduate studies.
In addition to courses provided by the University of Eastern Finland, corresponding courses arranged by other Finnish (Please note that JOO study rights are awarded only in special cases for doctoral students) and foreign universities and institutes of higher education can be approved as transferable skills studies or studies in the discipline and field of research. Other courses suitable for doctoral studies are provided, for example, by the Nordic university network NOVA.
In addition to doctoral studies (30 ECTS), you may be required to complete supplementary studies in case your previous degree was not related to forest sciences. The maximum scope of required supplementary studies is 60 ECTS, depending on your earlier qualifications and other knowledge and methodological skills required for pursuing the doctoral programme. The purpose of supplementary studies is to provide you with adequate skills for completing a doctoral dissertation or a licentiate thesis in the field of forest sciences. Supplementary studies should be listed separately in your doctoral study plan.
RPL practices in postgraduate education
The Doctoral Programme in Forests and Bioresources applies the recognition and accreditation of prior learning (RPL) practices. Only (1) advanced-level courses completed in a Finnish or a foreign university or (2) skills and abilities acquired in scientific research projects may be recognised as RPL units and included in the Doctoral Programme studies. RPL units can be approved as either studies in the discipline and field of research or transferable skills studies. RPL units can also be approved as supplementary studies. However, earlier studies already included in your previous qualifications cannot be approved as RPL units. Any approved RPL units need to listed in your doctoral study plan. The teacher of the School of Forest Sciences who supervises your doctoral dissertation or licentiate thesis project and the head of the doctoral programme approves any RPL units that can be counted towards the doctoral studies when approving your doctoral study plan.