Doctoral Programme in Law - Admission Criteria and Instructions for Applicants

New doctoral researchers are admitted to the Doctoral Programme in Law two times a year. A maximum of 15 new doctoral researchers are admitted each year. The electronic application form is open during the application period.  More information on how to apply for Doctoral Training at the University of Turku is available in the page of University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS).

The next application period for the study right is from 28 February 2024 to 28 March 2024. (The study right begins on 1 August 2024)

Applying takes place in Studyinfo portal. The application form opens 28 Feb 2024 and closes on 28 March 2024 at 15:00 (3PM Finnish time). 

 Call for Applications, Spring 2024 

Apply here (link to the Studyinfo: Doctoral Programme in Law)

Also, In Spring 2024 
The Doctoral Programme in Law (Faculty of Law) at the University of Turku invites applications for 1–2 fixed-term doctoral researcher’s positions for a maximum duration of two years starting from 1 August 2024. 
The application period starts on 4 March 2024 and ends on 25 March at 4 PM (Europe/Helsinki)

For more information please see the 

Call for applications, Doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Law 

The application link can be found on the university's website at the beginning of the advertisement ("Apply for this job"). The electronic form will be avaiable on the application period.

Right to pursue the Doctor of Laws degree

The Dean of the Faculty of Law grants the right to pursue the Doctor of Laws degree to an applicant based on the proposal of the the Board of the Doctoral Programme in Law.

The Dean may grant the right to anyone who has earned the Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Master of International and Comparative Law or Licentiate of Laws degree in Finland or a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree at the University of Turku if the applicant is otherwise considered adequate to pursue the doctoral degree.

An applicant with a foreign law degree comparable to the Bachelor of Laws or Master of Laws degree or some other Master’s degree completed either in Finland or abroad is required, in addition to the requirements mentioned above, to prove that their degree gives them the capabilities to participate in postgraduate studies in Law and that their language skills are sufficient for participating in the postgraduate studies. Applicants with a degree in something else than a law degree comparable to the Bachelor of Laws or the Master of Laws degree are granted the right to participate in the postgraduate studies only for a cogent reason.

Application procedure and application periods

Please read How to Apply for Doctoral Training at the University of Turku and see the Call for applications at this page.

Before submitting an application, a person applying for doctoral studies must discuss privately with the person or people proposed as their personal supervisor. The applicant must present to the proposed supervisor their preliminary research plan and the postgraduate study plan, which the applicant will correct according to the discussions if needed. An agreement from the person or persons proposed to act as a supervisor to the applicant must be attached to the application form.

You can apply for a study right for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Law by filling in the online application form in the electronic application system and attaching all required documents to the online application form during the application period. A link to the electronic application form will be published on this page when the application period begins.

All applicants will be informed of the results of the admission. An admitted applicant has to notify in writing the University of Turku of their acceptance of the study right. If the admitted applicant does not give the notification in the time indicated, they shall forfeit the study right.

Verifying language proficiency

The applicants are required to have knowledge in Finnish or English language to be able to participate in the teaching and communicate with the university’s members of the staff. In practice, knowledge in the English language is required always when working in an international science community.

Those applying for a right to study must prove their English language skills. The requirements are the same in all doctoral programmes at the University of Turku. For more information please see

Language requirements for a right to study for a doctoral degree
 

NB! All language test results must be sent directly by the test organizer to University of Turku by the application deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make testing arrangements for her/himself in time.

The language test is valid until the expiry date given by the test organizer.

The TOEFL reporting code (institution code)  for the University of Turku 9701.

Description of the application documents

Applicants must prepare and attach the following documents to the application form according to the instructions on filling in the application form:

1.    A research plan for a doctoral dissertation in accordance with the guidelines of the Faculty of Law.

The maximum length of a research plan shouldn’t be exceeded. By attaching the research plan to the application form, the applicant gives permission to check the research plan with Turnitin OriginalityCheck software (a system for electronic plagiarism detection).  

2.    A résumé (CV) in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK) https://tenk.fi/en/advice-and-materials/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae

List of publications must be included in the CV

3.    A signed form of agreement from the person or persons proposed to act as a supervisor to the applicant.

The supervisor should send the agreement directly to the doctoral programme. They can affirm, that they are willing to act as a supervisor by signing the form and sending it to the doctoral programme coordinator at lawpostgraduate@utu.fi. The supervisor also can copy the text into an email and send the agreement as an email to lawpostgraduate@utu.fi

4.    Postgraduate study plan

The applicant must make a preliminary plan about the studies included in the doctoral degree and the schedule. The study plan is updated continuously during the doctoral studies.  

5.    The degree certificates and transcript of study records

If the applicant has completed the former degree(s) which make him/her eligible for doctoral studies at a higher education institution in Finland, the degree certificate, transcript of study records and other educational documents that may affect the student selection must be attached to the electronic application form.

a) If the applicant has completed the former degree(s) which make him/her eligible for doctoral studies at a higher education institution abroad (i.e. outside Finland), scanned degree certificates, the transcripts of study records, and other educational documents which are of relevance in the student selection must be attached to the electronic application form. 

If the original degree certificates and other educational documents are not written in English, Finnish or Swedish, official translations to one of these languages are required. An official translation here means a translation of the educational documents issued by the awarding institution or a translation made by an authorized translator. A study transcript in English can be replaced by a Diploma Supplement awarded by a European educational institution if it contains the information about completed courses and other study attainments.

Those applicants who have been granted a right to study and who have completed their prior degree abroad have to submit either the original degree certificates or certified copies of the degree certificates and other educational documents and the official translations of the documents to the University of Turku as instructed in the admission notification. If the admitted applicant does not deliver the required certificates by the deadline set in the admission notification, he/she forfeits the study right. Please see the instructions on delivering certificates and country-specific requirements. 

6.    Certification of the language skills.

See the language skills requirements of the Doctoral Programme in Law as well as the instructions of verifying language proficiency on this page (Verifying language proficiency).

 

When applying for a funded Doctoral Candidate position, the following documents must be attached to the application:

 
1.    A research plan for a doctoral dissertation in accordance with the guidelines of the Faculty of Law

2.    A résumé (CV) in accordance with the guidelines of the Faculty of Law

3.    A list of publications (if not included in the CV).

 

Admission criteria

When considering the capability of the applicant to complete the degree for postgraduate studies, the following facts are taken into consideration:

  • scientific interestingness, meaningfulness and feasibility of the research plan and suffiently wide-ranging familiarity with the research related to the theme, which should be shown in the research plan
  • connection between the research project and the faculty’s focus in research,
  • previous jurisprudential studies, their content and level of challenge if the applicant has a degree other than the Master of Laws degree,
  • possible publications,
  • merits and grade of the Master’s thesis and the possible postgraduate Laws degree thesis, and
  • certificate of language proficiencies if necessary.

The essential criteria for the funded positions of a Doctoral Candidate are:

  • Applicant’s eligibility for postgraduate studies (academic performance, possible scientific merits, the progress of studies and research to the current date)
  • The quality and feasibility of the research plan.

The final selection is based on comprehensive evaluation of applications (not on a single criterion) as the applicants can be at very different stages of their doctoral dissertation process. Any other funding received by the applicant for doctoral studies is taken into consideration when determining the duration of the Doctoral Candidate position.

 

 

Contact information

E-mail: lawpostgraduate@utu.fi

 

Decision on the funded positions

In the autumn 2022 call the following applicants were selected for the fixed term doctoral researchers position:

Alitalo, Oona (1.1.2023–31.12.2026, aloitus sopimuksen mukaan)
Hannonen, Jasmin (1.1.2023–31.12.2026, aloitus sopimuksen mukaan)
Manteghi, Maryna (1.1.–30.11.2022, 11 kk, aloitus sopimuksen mukaan)

On the waiting list:

1. Aalto, Juho
2. Nikoleishvili, Karlo
3. Dergacheva, Yulia
4. Laurikainen-Klami, Rosanna (Helmi)

The waiting list is valid until 31.12.2023.

 

In the Autumn 2021 call  the following  UTUGS-funded doctoral candidate positions were nominated:

Auranen, Maiju: 1.1.2022 – 31.5.2025
Hannonen, Jani: 1.7.2022 – 31.12.2025
Kytölä, Marika: 1.1.2022 – 30.6.2022
Vilenius, Sonja: 1.1.2022 – 31.12.2023