Before submitting an application, an applicant must contact a professor of the UEF Law School who represents the applicant's field of research and inquire the professor's willingness to act his/her supervisor in case the application is later accepted. When first contacting the professor, the applicant must present his/her research plan to the professor. The UEF Law School only admits applicants whose research interests correspond to those of a member of the staff and to whom adequate supervision can thus be provided.
The applicant must indicate the professor's consent to act as a supervisor by enclosing a print of an email to the application where the professor gives his/her consent to act as the applicant's supervisor. Only after having received the consent from the professor, the applicant can submit the application.
For each doctoral candidate at least two supervisors are appointed. One of the supervisors must be a professor or docent at the University of Eastern Finland. Alternatively, a person who has equivalent scientific competence to a professor or a docent and is a member of the staff at the faculty can be appointed as a supervisor.
The research plan, certified copies of the degree certificate and other certificates as well as a motivation letter must be attached to the application. As the research plan is the central document in the evaluation of the applicant's competence to conduct scientific research, it is important to draw up the research plan as carefully and well as possible. It should also be noted that the research plan is an independent document written by the applicant. However, the professor who has agreed as to act as the applicant's supervisor may provide the applicant with appropriate guidance. The actual supervisory guidance will begin after the applicant has been admitted to pursue the doctoral studies at UEF Law School and registered to the university.
Research plan template
The standard length of a research plan is approximately ten pages, and it must detail the following:
- Background of the research project, the meaningfulness and scientific relevancy of the chosen topic, and any earlier studies related to the theme.
- Research question and general objectives of the research project.
- Research methods and possible research data.
- A work plan and plans for subtasks; particularly in case of doctoral dissertations consisting of articles, it is important to describe in detail the parts from which the study consists and which serve as the basis for reporting.
- Tentative schedule and funding plan.
- Publication plan.
- An assessment of the potential uses and the social significance of the research results.
The applicant applies for the right to pursue doctoral studies online in Studyinfo portal.
- copy of the basic university degree certificate, and other documents which may affect the granting of a study right
- a transcript of earlier academic records
- a research plan
- the consent from the supervisor
- a free-form motivation letter indicating why the applicant is interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in the Doctoral Programme in Law. The motivation letter should not be longer than one page in length.
Application deadlines are 31st of August and 28th of February.
The decision on admissions is made by the Dean of the faculty on the basis of a statement by the board of the doctoral programme. Before drawing up the statement, the board of the doctoral programme of the UEF Law School interviews individual applicants as a rule. The secretary of the board will contact the applicant in order to appoint an interview date.
The board of the doctoral programme reviews the research plan, applicant's previous studies, and the possible interview to assess whether the applicant has adequate general theoretical and methodological skills in order to pursue the planned doctoral studies.
All applications will be evaluated on a basis of the following criteria:
- quality of the research plan, innovativeness and scientific and practical significance of the research topic
- viability of the research plan and personal study plan
- previous research work: work as a researcher, research funding gained
- success in master’s studies or corresponding studies
- international orientation and language proficiency required for the doctoral studies
- plan for funding
The Dean will decide on the study right, appoint the supervisors and accepts the research plan. The dean's decision will be sent by the faculty to all applicants by email.