The main part of the postgraduate studies is the thesis, licentiate thesis or doctoral dissertation. The licentiate thesis is voluntary and not an obligatory part of the doctoral degree studies.
Requirements for the doctoral dissertation:
One of the following can be accepted as a doctoral dissertation
- a separate piece of research (monograph)
- at least three articles dealing with a same set of problems published or accepted for publication in scientific journals applying referee procedure. At least one of the articles has to be published and two accepted for publication. Rest of the articles may be manuscripts to be published. In case the articles are joint publications, a doctoral student must be the correspondent writer at least in two of them. An article electronically pre-published by a scientific series is regarded as published.
In addition to the articles or essays the dissertation must include introduction and summary which compiles the contents of the articles. They may be placed in the beginning of the dissertation, or the introduction may be placed in the beginning and the summary in the end of the dissertation.
If the articles are joint publications a doctoral candidate must present a written account of his/hers own contribution in those publications when requesting public defense. A joint publication may be included in two different dissertations maximum.
There is a separate instruction on publishing the dissertation.
All dissertations should be checked for plagiarism. The faculty’s instructions for the process is found here.
The Procedure concerning the evaluation of doctoral dissertations
The doctoral candidate applies for permission to defend his/hers doctoral dissertation in public by filling a form and issues it and the dissertation manuscript in pdf-format to the address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty's instructions for defending dissertation
Please make sure, that your dissertation has checked for plagiarism before leaving it to the Faculty.
The main supervisor and the head of the department propose two pre-examiners for the review of the dissertation who are appointed by the Dean. Ms. Venäläläinen delivers the thesis to the pre-examiners who should give their statements within two months of the appointment.
After the statements have come the doctoral candidate is reserved an opportunity to reply to them and he/she should inform whether he/she accepts the statements or wants to interrupt the procedure. If the candidate accepts the statements the Dean awards the permission to public defense.
The opponent should give his/hers statement within two weeks of the public defense. Also in this stage the doctoral candidate is reserved an opportunity to reply to the statement. The faculty council evaluates the dissertation on the basis of the statement(s) by the opponent(s).
Publishing the dissertation
After the Faculty Council has given the doctoral candidate permission to defend the dissertation in a public examination, the dissertation can be published. Dissertations can be published in the series of "Publications of the University of Eastern Finland. Dissertations in Social Sciences and Business Studies" or in other series (for example commercial publisher). Please contact the editor of the series in this point at the latest. The dissertation must be published at least 10 days before the public examination. The dissertation is published both in printed and electronic version.
You can enter your dissertation in the series by filling out a publishing agreement (same agreement for both printed and e-version). Please send agreement form in two pieces and possible permissions for reprinting to the editor of the faculty's dissertation series, who will apply the isbn-numbers for your book. Please notice that that the date of public examination should be agreed before applying the isbn-numbers. Also the title of the book should be final at this point.
Please reserve enough time for finalizing your thesis! The recommended time between faculty council's permission for public examination and public examination date is at least 2 months.
Ask further advice from the editor at any time of the process.
Permissions for re-printing
In the case of an article based thesis containing published articles, articles in or accepted to press or is based on published articles, the candidate is responsible for aquiring the reprinting permissions from the original publisher. In the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies all articles are published as a part of the dissertation, if they haven't got any legal obstacles. So please, ask permission to both printed and e-version at the same time. The model for the request is found from library's websites.
The same principles are followed with essay-based dissertations.
In the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies the candidate must handle the printing process with the printing office. The candidate can choose the printing house independently, the competetive tendering is recommended. The candidate can apply support from the faculty afterwards towards the receipts. The application should be made within 2 months after the public examination date. The maximum support from the faculty is 1500 euros. Further information about delivery and printing process in whole are found from the Faculty's instructions (above). Before the dissertation can be printed, the layout/proof must be approved by the editor and the candidate. The editor should see also the last version of the layout, but it is recommended that it has been sent to the editor for check up also before sending it to the printing house.
We have a tradition in the Faculty, that all candidates will give their dissertation personnally (if possible) to the Rector of their Campus and to the Dean of the Faculty. Please reserve time for visit from Rector's and Dean's secretaries.
After the student has completed all the required studies for the degree (study modules and theses), he/she may apply for the degree certificate. Please, fill in the electronic application form in e-services (requires UEF-login).
With the degree certificate the student also receives Diploma Supplement and transcript of academic records. Delivery time for the certificate is three (3) weeks from the point when the last study performance has been registered or from the date the application has been returned. NB! In rush hour, e.g. at the end of the autumn and spring terms, the delivery time may be longer.
Please, note that you are entitled to use the title of a doctor after you have been awarded the doctor’s degree.
Transcript of academic records
Transcript of academic records is an official document issued by the university. The transcript includes information on e.g. completed and recognised study modules, completed study blocks as well as grades given.
Information for the doctoral candidate
Read more information for graduating students here