Doctoral Programme of Turku School of Economics - Admission Criteria and Instructions for Applicants

Interested in applying to the Doctoral Programme of Turku School of Economics? There are two application periods per year. Next application period is 1.-18.9.2020. In the Autumn call, you may also apply for funded doctoral candidate positions. Prepare your application and research plan well; we select less than 30 % of the applicants to the programme. High-demanding as we are, we also have a lot to offer.

Checklist for applicants

1. Choose a major and get to know to our research

The Doctoral Programme of Turku School of Economics offers the following postgraduate degrees:

  • Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration, D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) (for applicants with a Master's degree in Econ. and Bus. Administration)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D. (for applicants with a Master's degree in a closely related field to business science)
  • Doctor of Social Sciences, D.Soc.Sci. (Econ.) (for applicants with a Master's degree in Economics)

In the application, the applicant needs to present the major subject he/she is applying to. The degrees Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy can be completed in the following disciplines:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Management and Organisation
  • Marketing
  • International Business
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economics
  • Business Law
  • Economic Geography
  • Quantitative Methods in Management
  • Information Systems Science
  • Futures Studies

Doctor or Social Sciences degree can be completed in the major of Economics.

Our programme aims at training of experts for the needs of business, society, and academic community. We are known of four distinctive profile areas in research: entrepreneurship, management control, networks in business, and economic policy and markets. A strong emphasis is on the themes of innovation, foresight and responsibility.
 
In the research and teaching portfolio, our programme covers a multitude of disciplines related to business, economy and future studies. In the programme the doctoral degree can completed in four years. Please read more about the research areas of each major on their web pages.

2. Read carefully the admission criteria and the call for applications

The applicants must fullfill the eligibility criteria of Turku School of Economics.

In addition to the selection criteria of Turku School of Economics, the Doctoral Programme of Turku School of Economics will publish before the beginning of each application period a call for applications that can be found from this webpage.

3. Prepare the application enclosures and apply only during the application period
The study right for the degree of Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration, Doctor of Social Sciences and Doctor of Philosophy is applied with an application form in an electronic application system.
 
Application form is available only during the application period on the webpages of the Graduate School UTUGS: https://www.utu.fi/en/research/utugs/how-to-apply/call-for-applications. Please select the application form of the Doctoral Programme of Turku School of Economics.
 
Application periods in 2020–2021:
  • Autumn 1.–18.9.2020
  • Spring 1.–19.3.2021
The required application enclosures that must be attached as pdf files to the electronic application system are as follows:
  1. a research plan, including a realistic funding plan and schedule of the research and studies
  2. copies of the degree certificates
  3. copies of the transcript of records
  4. copies of the official translations (to Finnish, Swedish or English) of the degree certificates and transcripts of records if the official documents are not written in English, Finnish or Swedish
  5. a letter of motivation, including your career plans after graduation (e.g. with regards to academic career / in Finland or elsewhere)
  6. curriculum Vitae
  7. possible reference letters
  8. a possible certificate of language proficiency
The Doctoral Programme of Turku School of Economics will publish before the beginning of each application period a call for applications where you can find more detailed instructions about the enclosures. Please read it carefully and follow the instructions.
What happens after you have left your application?

Applications are assessed based on the eligibility and selection criteria for postgraduate studies at TSE. The applications are processed in the major subjects and by the Steering Committee of the Doctoral Programme of TSE. Approximately 29 % of the applicants are selected to the programme which means that only the best applications with a high quality research plan can succeed.

The study right for a doctoral degree is granted by the Dean of Turku School of Economics. All applicants will be informed of the results of the admission. The admission decisions for postgraduate studies are made by the end of November in the Autumn term and the study right begins on 1 January. In the Spring term, the admission decisions are made by the end of May and the study right begins on 1 August.

According to the Universities Act (558/2009) 82 § and the University of Turku Regulation on Studies those who are dissatisfied with the selection of students for a degree may make an appeal for rectification from Turku School of Economics within 14 days of the results being published.

Results of the selection (UTUGS-funded positions)

UTUGS positions 2019

The Doctoral Programme of TSE received 70 applications for the UTUGS-funded doctoral candidate positions during the application period (2.-20.9.2019). All applications were assessed by the major subjects who decided to forward 15 applications to the external reviewers. Three 4-year positions and 25 months of funding for year 2020 were available.

The Steering Committee of the Doctoral Programme of TSE has in its meeting on 22 November, 2019 made a proposal for selection to the Doctoral Candidate positions. The Dean of Turku School of Economics has confirmed the selection.

The following applicants were selected to the positions:

  • Mohamed Farhoud (1.1.-30.9.2020), entrepreneurship
  • Jussi Honkanen (1.2.2020-31.12.2023), economics
  • Kirsi Kari (1.1.-31.12.2020), accounting and finance
  • Muddassar Malik (1.1.2020-31.12.2022), accounting and finance
  • Wilma Nissilä (1.8.2020-31.7.2023), economics
  • Katharina Schilli (1.1.-31.12.2020), international business

Reserve list:

  1. Oskari Rintala
  2. Kaisa Aro
  3. Laura Pouru
  4. Mariia Syväri

Congratulations!


UTUGS positions 2018

The Doctoral Programme of TSE received 73 applications for the UTUGS-funded doctoral candidate positions during the application period (3.-21.9.2018). All applications were assessed by the major subjects who decided to forward 19 applications to the external reviewers. Two positions and 24 months of funding were available.

The Steering Committee of the Doctoral Programme of TSE has in its meeting on 23 November, 2018 made a proposal for selection to the Doctoral Candidate positions. The Dean of Turku School of Economics has confirmed the selection.

The following applicants were selected to the positions:

  • Anna Elkina (1.1.2019-30.6.2021), entrepreneurship
  • Akhgar Kaboli (1.1.2019-30.11.2020), futures studies
  • Annika Nivala (1.9.2019-31.12.2020), economics
  • Oskari Rintala (1.5.-31.12.2019), operations and supply chain management
  • Juho Ruotsalainen (1.1.2019-30.6.2020), futures studies

Reserve list:

  1. Elina Honkasalo
  2. Muddassar Malik
  3. Marjukka Parkkinen
  4. Katharina Schilli
  5. Elina Järvinen

Congratulations!


UTUGS positions 2017

The Doctoral Programme of TSE received 64 applications for the UTUGS-funded doctoral candidate positions during the application period (1.-20.9.2017). All applications were assessed by the major subjects who decided to forward 23 applications to the external reviewers. Three positions were available.

The Steering Committee of the Doctoral Programme of TSE has in its meeting on 24 November, 2017 made a proposal for selection to the Doctoral Candidate positions. The Dean of Turku School of Economics has confirmed the selection.

The following applicants were selected to the positions:

  • Karinen, Matti (1.1.2018-31.12.2020), entrepreneurship
  • Karjalainen, Joni (1.1.2018-31.12.2019), futures studies
  • Peltonen, Risto (1.1.2018-31.12.2021), accounting and finance

Reserve list:

  1. Mariia Syväri
  2. Aarni Soppi
  3. Juho Ruotsalainen
  4. Minna Rantanen
  5. Isabel Galvis
  6. Akhgar Kaboli
  7. Sari Laine

Congratulations!

FAQ

Questions and answers concerning applying

Q: What is the difference between applying for a study right and applying for a study right and a funded position?

A: We have application periods twice a year for the study rights of doctoral degrees. Students admitted are granted a study right to conduct doctoral studies leading to the Doctor's degree.

We invite applications once a year (early Autumn) to University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS) funded Doctoral Candidate positions. As a result of the selection process the best applicants are employed to doctoral candidate positions at the Turku School of Economics, University of Turku and granted a study right to postgraduate studies unless they already hold one. An applicant for the funded doctoral candidate positions who does not hold a right to pursue a doctoral degree must apply for the study right at the same time as he/she applying for the funded position. A study right is a precondintion for being appointed for a funded doctoral candidate position.

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Q: Do I need to contact a professor at TSE to agree on supervision before applying?
 
A: You may do so, if you wish, but it is not required. Supervisors are appointed for each new doctoral student when admitted as a doctoral student to Turku School of Economics. Of course you need to see what kind of expertise we have here so please check the ongoing research at TSE.

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Q: I have several years of work experience as a university lecturer in English language from my home country. Do I need to prove my language skills with an English proficiency test?
 
A. All foreign applicants are required to verify their English language proficiency. Read more information on English language proficiency requirements from Selection criteria to postgraduate studies at TSE.

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Q: Can you please check my transcript of records and degree certificate and tell me  if I am eligible for applying?
 
A: Unfortunately due to lack of resources we do not check previous studies before the application deadlines. The eligility of all applicants is checked during the admission process.

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Q: What should I include in my research plan?
 
A: A high-quality (max 10 page) research plan is essential for succeeding in the tough competition for admission. The research plan should be prepared baring in mind that TSE will evaluate the suitability of your research topic in relation to the research profile and expertise of the major subject and its faculty.

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Q: Does University of Turku provide funding for doctoral students?

A: Doctoral students are responsible for financing their own studies. University of Turku charges no tuition fees, but you have to finance your living costs as well as your own research. There are different possibilities to get funding for your doctoral studies:

  • Scholarships from different foundations
  • Working in a research project
  • Full-time employment in University of Turku (TSE)
  • Funding for international students e.g. CIMO
  • Funding to visit foreign universities

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Q: Can I work elsewhere (outside the university) during my doctoral studies?

A:Yes, working alongside with your studies is possible. Please note, that the progression of your research and studies will probably be affected by this and the completion time of the degree will be longer. As a rule the doctoral degree can be completed in four years when studying full-time. In admission of doctoral candidates as a rule priority is given to applicants pursuing full-time doctoral studies.

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