1. Study the instructions, study requirements and guidelines concerning the doctoral programme issued by the university, the faculty and the programme, which can be found on these web pages.
2. Discuss the possibility to pursue doctoral studies with the potential supervisor(s) or with the head of the doctoral programme.
3. Discuss the research topic, doctoral studies and their completion, as well as other supervisors with the future main supervisor. In the faculty, two or more persons are appointed on application as the supervisor for post graduate studies. Of these, all must hold a doctoral degree and at least one must be a professor, an associate professor, a senior researcher (Tenure Track) or a research director in the faculty. If a person other than a professor, an associate professor, a senior researcher (Tenure Track) or a research director in the faculty is proposed as the main supervisor of a doctoral dissertation, their up-to-date list of publications must accompany the application.
You and your supervisors must negotiate and agree on responsibilities and commitment to supervising your research project. The supervisors must give their written consent on the application form. Draw up a preliminary research plan (including the funding plan).
4. The prospective doctoral student applies for the right to pursue doctoral studies using an application form at the Studyinfo.fi.
The following documents must be enclosed with the application:
- a copy of the applicant’s Master’s degree certificate and other documents supporting their admission,
- an academic transcript of the applicant’s earlier studies,
- a preliminary research plan in English (including a schedule and a funding plan), approved by the main supervisor with their signature,
- a supervision engagement(s) signed by the supervisor(s),
- Where required, a statement of the ethics committee assessing the ethical aspects of the research and, e.g., a permit to perform studies on animals, must be enclosed with the application.
All requested appendices must be submitted within two weeks of the submission of the electronic application. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
The application must include the written consent of at least two supervisors. At least one of the supervisors must be a professor, an associate professor, a senior researcher (Tenure Track) or a research director, at the University of Eastern Finland. For more information about our supervisors, please see the individual research area pages.
All the required enclosures must be uploaded in the online application at the latest within two weeks after the online application is submitted.
After receiving the notification of being admitted to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Eastern Finland, new doctoral students must register as a student in the University's Student Services. The faculty will send the registration form to new doctoral students enclosed with a Letter of Admittance. This form is only used on the first registration; in the following years, registration is done through intranet (Peppi), by phone, e-mail or personal visit to Student Services. Registration for the next academic year must be completed before 15th September. Please note that in order to maintain your study right you must register to the university each year.
Postgraduate Study Plan
The studies will be specified in a personal study plan, which must be created within three months after receiving the right to study.
Doctoral student must submit a personal doctoral study plan to the Faculty Administration Office within 3 months after receiving the study right.
The study plan is written under the supervision of the subject's professor and other supervisors. The plan should include the following information: studies included in the degree and their modes of study along with a preliminary timetable. Also visits abroad are mentioned in the study plan. The meaning of the study plan is to ensure that the courses and the research form a good completeness and that the student is really able to complete the studies and research within four years.