Doctoral Training at the Faculty of Social Sciences

What are postgraduate studies all about?

In Finnish, the term jatko-opiskelija (postgraduate/graduate) usually refers to post-Master's level studies, Licentiate or PhD (doctoral) studies, due to the fact that most students finish with a Master's degree as their first degree. The Faculty of Social Sciences awards the following postgraduate degrees: Licenciate 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.

This document refers to all studies after a master’s degree up to a doctoral degree as postgraduate studies.​

Postgraduate education environment

Most of the research and postgraduate studies carried out at the Faculty of Social Sciences takes place in small-scale projects. Apart from this, all doctoral candidates of the faculty belong to the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS) and one doctoral programme belonging to UTUGS.

The doctoral programmes available for doctoral candidates of the Faculty of Social Sciences are the Doctoral Programme of Social and Behavioural Sciences and the subprogramme of the Doctoral Programme of Clinical Investigation, Turku Brain and Mind Center.​​