Doctoral Programme of Social and Behavioural Sciences - for the Doctoral Candidate

Forthcoming events

Doctoral programme's forthcoming events:

- Reporting the progress and activeness of doctoral training open in Saima system in 7th to 31st of January

  • decision concerning passive register will be made in May

- Call for grants to finalize doctoral dissertation is open in 1.-31. of March

  • decisions in April

- Open call for study rights in March (2-20.3.2020)

General instructions for doctoral studies

Planning your studies

After admission to the doctoral studies at Turku School of Economics, the doctoral candidate must make a personal study plan together with the supervisor, which shows the schedule of the dissertation and doctoral courses. The personal study plan should be updated regularly with the supervisor. You can also draw up the study plan in the electronic study plan system. Candidate can utilze Faculty's curriculum in planning her/his doctoral studies as well as career. Courses and other studies of the programme can be found from the study quide.

At the beginning of doctoral studies the candidate and surpervisor need to sign supervision plan. Send a signed copy of the plan also to the coordinator of the programme.

Credit transfer

A doctoral student can include in his/her degree credits completed elsewhere or use them to replace complusory courses in his/her degree structure. Doctoral candidates should always talk with their supervisor before taking courses to make sure the courses are suitable for the degree and that they support the doctoral thesis.

After the course is done and you would like to have the credits in Nettiopsu, you need to fill in an electronic form and attach there the course description and transcript/course certificate. You must be prepared to show the original transcript on demand.

Please give the following information when filling in the form:

1) Title of Study Credit. 

2) ECTS credits suggested

3) Attach the course description and certificate.

4) The form can be found at



Information about funding is available on the page of the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS) and from the Intranet pages of the Research Funding Unit.


Problematic situations

Please be a contact with the coordinator of the programme in case you face challenges, for instance, related to supervision. The doctoral programme and Well-being Services unit of the University aim to solve this problems with the candidate.


Useful links:


Passive register

Nettiopsu study register



If you need any advice concerning the structure of the doctoral degree, the doctoral courses or basically if you have any questions at all, please contact the Coordinator of the Doctoral Programme: socpostgraduate(a)

Postgraduate studies

The Faculty of Social Sciences awards the following postgraduate degrees: Licentiate and Doctor of Social Sciences, Psychology and Philosophy.
According to the Government Decree on University Degrees (1039/2013), the objective of scientific postgraduate education is that the student:

1. becomes well-versed in his/her own field of research and its social significance;

2. gains knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific research methods independently and critically and to produce new scientific knowledge;

3. becomes conversant with the development, basic problems and research methods of his/her own field of research;

4. gains such knowledge of the general theory of science and of other disciplines relating to his/her own field of research as enables him/her to follow developments in them; and

5. gains sufficient communication and language skills and other skills to function in working life in extensive and demanding expert and development roles and in international cooperation.

The requirements for a doctoral degree include a doctoral dissertation (200 ECTS) as well as major subject studies and other studies supporting the degree (40 ECTS). If the student’s prior degree is a licentiate degree, only the dissertation is required for a doctoral degree. Curriculum of the programme is described more in detail in the attachment.

Courses of the programme are listed in the study guide.


Applying for study credits

Attendance to postgraduate courses, scientific seminars, conferences etc. organized outside of the University of Turku can be accepted as part of your postgraduate studies with an electronic form which you can find in UGIS portal ( use Firefox or Chrome browser):
UGIS portal -> Links -> Apply for study credit

Dissertation process

Read carefully instructions in the webpage of the Faculty for disseration process.

There are also university-level guidelines for the doctoral candidates, which includes information for instance about distribution, press release and procedure in dissertation defence.


A diploma will be issued automatically once the Faculty has accepted the dissertation. The date of graduating is the date of the decision about the acceptance (a separate application for a diploma is not needed).

The diploma will be written by the Office for Academic and Student Affairs, Faculty of Social Sciences. The diploma will be mailed to the address in the disputant's study register or alternatively it can be collected at the office (

Instructions and forms

At the beginning of studies:
Supervision plan
Model for personal study plan

Studies conducted out of the University of Turku (research visits, conferences etc.):
These needs to be applied in UGIS system

Dissertation template and instructions:

Preliminary examination and permission to defend and publish disseration:
Form for supervisor to propose pre-examiners or opponent (use Firefox browser)
Instructions for evaluators
Instructions for the opponent
Instructions for an evaluation committee

General quidelines:
Active/passive registers
Career guidance and career paths