The selection of the doctoral students is based on the admission criteria of the SCE:
1. Eligible applicants for doctoral studies leading to a doctoral degree must have successfully completed a relevant Master’s degree awarded by a Finnish university or a Finnish university of applied sciences or a relevant applicable study programme abroad. The applicant must have completed at least 60 ECTS credits in the major subject or other applicable subject of the doctoral degree.
2. Eligible applicants for doctoral studies must have been awarded a grade corresponding to "good" (cum laude approbatur, 3/5) or higher for their Master’s thesis or a corresponding scientific final paper.
If the applicant’s grade is lower than required or if their earlier degree does not include a scientific thesis, the applicant must present additional academic merits in support of their admission.
3. Eligible applicants for doctoral studies must have completed advanced studies, achieving a grade of "good" (3/5) or higher in the major subject of their Master's or other previous degree.
4. Eligible applicants for doctoral studies must produce a high-quality research plan, that is suitable for the research profile of the doctoral programme. The research plan is drawn up in accordance with the guidelines of the doctoral programme and in collaboration with the applicant’s prospective supervisors.
5. Eligible applicant for doctoral studies must have two supervisors who have committed to oversee the doctoral dissertation of the applicant.
The prospective supervisors must work at the University of Eastern Finland, either in the Philosophical Faculty or in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. For persons applying for the right to pursue doctoral studies in the Philosophical Faculty, one of the supervisors has to be a professor or an associate professor. For persons applying for the right to pursue doctoral studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, one of the supervisors has to be a professor, associate professor, docent or a person with equivalent qualifications.
6. Eligible applicants for doctoral studies must have sufficient English skills in order to complete the doctoral studies.
The applicant can verify her/his English skills with an attachment to the application. These attachments must include a degree diploma, transcript of studies and a Diploma Supplement if the applicant has:
- English as foreign language included in at least a Bachelor-level degree conducted in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) or in an EU/EEA country;
- At least 20 ECTS of university-level studies in the subject of English Studies in a Nordic or an EU/EEA country;
- Master's thesis written in English when Master's degree is completed in a Nordic country or in an EU/EEA country;
- Bachelor's or Master's degree completed in English language in a Nordic country or in an EU/EEA country or Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States;
- Doctoral Degree completed in a Nordic country or in an EU/EEA country or Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States;
- Secondary education and final examination completed in English (for example International Baccalaureate) in a Nordic country or in an EU/EEA country or Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.
In other case, the applicant is to prove her/his language skills in English with an English language test:
- TOEFL paper-based: Total score 600 and Writing 4.0;
- TOEFL Internet-based: Total Score 100 and Writing 22;
- IELTS (Academic): Overall Score 6.5 and Writing 5.5;
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English), min. 59 points;
- C1 Advanced (CAE), pass levels A, B or C / C2 Proficiency (CPE), pass levels A, B, C or level C1 Certificate;
- National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI). Skills level 5 or 6 in the reading comprehension, writing and speaking subtests.
For more information on the tests, please contact the language testing organizations.
Please note that a written statement by the applicant, prospective supervisor, English teacher, etc., concerning the applicant's English skills is not an acceptable way to prove language skills.
The admission criteria and the application guidelines are described in detail in the StudyInfo admissions portal. Please read all the instructions on applying carefully; neglecting the instructions may lead to your application being rejected.
If you have questions, please contact the coordinator of SCE in good time before submitting your application.