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Applying to doctoral studies


Faculty of Social Sciences instructions on the applying for the right to study for doctoral degree 

Before Applying

1. Supervision

A person applying for the right to study for a doctoral degree must first find a supervisor for the thesis. The applicant shall directly contact the person in charge of doctoral studies in the discipline and arrange the supervision.
 
Below is the list of subjects in doctoral training and heads of doctoral subject/postgraduate studies:

Discipline Head of Unit / professor in charge for postgraduate studies ​contact information
Contemporary History​ ​Vesa Vares

vesa.vares@utu.fi 

​East Asian Studies ​Lauri Paltemaa

lauri.paltemaa@utu.fi

​Economic Sociology ​Pekka Räsänen pekka.rasanen@utu.fi  
​Speech and Language Pathology ​Eira Jansson-Verkasalo / Elina Mainela-Arnold eira.jansson-verkasalo@utu.fi  /  elina.mainela-arnold@utu.fi​​

​Philosophy ​Juha Räikkä juha.raikka@utu.fi
​Political Science Antti Pajala / Maija Setälä

 antti.pajala@utu.fi /  maija.setala@utu.fi 

Psychology​​ ​Jukka Hyönä jukka.hyona@utu.fi
​Social Policy ​Veli-Matti Ritakallio / Heikki Ervasti veli-matti.ritakallio@utu.fi / heikki.ervasti@utu.fi  
​Social Work ​Katja Forssén katja.forssen@utu.fi  
Sociology​ Jani Erola / Hannu Ruonavaara

jani.erola@utu.fi / hannu.ruonavaara@utu.fi 

​Sociology of Education ​Osmo Kivinen

osmo.kivinen@utu.fi

 

2. Language skills

The applicant needs to be proficient in either Finnish or ebglish in order to be able to participate in teaching and to communicate with the university staff. When applying for the right to study for a doctoral degree, the applicant must prove his or her profiency in one of these languages.

Application

Application and all the application documents must be written either in Finnish or in English. The application will be filled and sent online during application periods. A link to the electronic application form can be found here​ during the application period. 

Application documents

All applicants to doctoral studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences must submit the following documents (in addition to the electronic form):
 
1. Research plan including a work schedule (5-6 pages)
2. Curriculum vitae (1-2 pages)
3. List of publications
4. Motivation letter
5. Copies of the official or officially verified copies of the degree certificate/s
6. Copies of the official transcript of study records which shows studies included in previous degree
7. Copies of official translations (to Finnish, Swedish or English) of the degree certificates and transcripts of records if the documents are in some other language
8. Proof of proficiency in English or Finnish.  Instructions of the Faculty of Social Sciences on language requirements: http://www.utu.fi/en/units/soc/postgraduate-studies/doctoral%20studies/Pages/Language-requirements.aspx

NB! Those applicants who have been granted the right to study and who have completed their studies at a University abroad have to submit officially certified copies of the degree certificates, other educational documents and the official translations of the documents to the University of Turku according to the instructions given in the admission notification. The right to study for a doctoral degree is conditional until this is done.

Eligibility for postgraduate studies

A general prerequisite for the right to pursue postgraduate studies is an applicable higher academic degree, or a relevant degree from abroad which in the country in question provides eligibility for corresponding postgraduate studies.
 
To gain admission to pursue a doctoral degree in social sciences, the applicant must either have a higher academic degree (master’s degree) in the field of social sciences, or be one whom the faculty considers otherwise to have gained sufficient knowledge and skills.
 
To gain admission to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology, the applicant must have a higher academic degree (master’s degree) in psychology, or be one whom the faculty considers otherwise to have gained sufficient knowledge and skills.
 
To gain admission to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree, the faculty must find the applicant eligible for doctoral studies in philosophy, speech and language pathology or psychology.
 
Please note that all Master's degrees are not always considered to be equivalent to a Finnish 'maisteri' (Master's) degree. For example, Master's degrees in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan are usually considered to be equivalent to a Finnish lower academic degree, and applicants holding such a degree should apply to undergraduate studies with other application materials.

Selection of doctoral students

The objective of the selection process is to have students suitable for a research career track who are skilled, motivated, and committed to research and doctoral studies.
 
The selection criteria are as follows:
  • a sufficient grade in the advanced studies stage of a master’s degree - usually at least a good evaluation is required
  • a sufficient grade for the master’s thesis – usually at least cum laude approbatur
  • the level and feasibility of the applicant’s research plan
  • availability of resources for supervision
Applications to the right to conduct doctoral studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences are made to a relevant doctoral programme (either the Doctoral Programme of Social and Behavioural Sciences or the Doctoral Programme of Clinical Research). Applicants must follow the application guidelines, procedures and deadlines of the doctoral programme they are applying to.
 
Applicants who apply to the Doctoral Programme of Social and Behavioural Sciences submit the application form of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Applicants who apply to the Doctoral Programme of Clinical Investigation fill in both the application form of the Doctoral Programme of Clinical investigation and the application form of the Faculty of Social Sciences (an application to the right to conduct doctoral studies at the faculty).

Decision-making

The faculty office considers the applicants’ formal eligibility for postgraduate studies. The board of the doctoral programme will makes a proposal on the selection of doctoral students to the dean, who makes the decision. All applicants will be personally informed on the decisions.

 

Those who are dissatisfied with the selection of students for degree may make an appeal for rectification from the Faculty of Social Sciences within 14 days of the results being published. Appeal for rectification should be addressed to the Faculty of Social Sciences and it should be sent to the following address: Faculty of Social Sciences, FI-20014 University of Turku, Finland.

 

 Acceptance of the study place​

An admitted applicant has to notify in writing University of Turku of his/her acceptance of the study place by the 15 December 2017 at 15.00 (GMT +2). If the admitted applicant does not give the notification in the time indicated, he/she shall forfeit the study place. A person admitted to more than one university or polytechnic degree has to notify only the degree in which he/she accepts the study place. Notification is binding, it is not possible to cancel or change it later.

According to Finnish legislation, a student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term (autumn term 1.8.-31.12. or spring term 1.1.-31.7). This rule applies to all higher education. Higher education degrees included in the rule are Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities of applied sciences, Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities and Licentiate and Doctoral degrees awarded by Finnish universities. Only exemptions are Transfer student selections, the Åland Polytechnic and the Police College of Finland.

 

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In use only during the applying period    1 - 20 September 2017
 

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