Doctoral Training at the Faculty of Education

Doctoral training at the Faculty of Education aims at preparing the students for a career in research, teaching or other demanding tasks of expertise.

Doctoral degrees in the Faculty of Education are Doctor of Philosophy (Education) and Doctor of Philosophy. The optional major subjects are education, adult education, special education or crafts education. 


Potential doctoral candidates at the Faculty of Education need to apply for a right to study for a degree from the Faculty of Education. The candidates apply for either of the two doctoral programmes, KEVEKO or OPPI Doctoral Programme. The Faculty of Education has common application requirements for both programmes.

Application instructions

Curriculum for Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Education

The doctoral studies of the Faculty of Education emphasise multidisciplinarity, extensive range and internationality. Graduating doctors are guaranteed skills not only for academic researcher careers but also for other demanding expert and development positions. The studies included in the degree support dissertation research and the development of scientific expertise in educational sciences.

The curriculum for 2020-2022 includes dissertation (200 ECTS) and 40 ECTS of Studies in the field of education and relevant for the development of expertise.  

Studies in the field of education and relevant for the development of expertise -module includes the following studies:

  • Studies in the research field (inc. the seminars of the Doctoral Programme), min. 13 credits
  • Methodological studies, min. 8 credits
  • Studies of research ethics and scientific writing, min. 7 credits
  • Presentation in a national or an international scientific conference, 2-12 credits
  • Optional studies supporting the development of scientific expertise, 0-20 credits

The doctoral candidate needs to complete 30 ECTS credits of obligatory studies. Total credits of the studies in the field of education and relevant for the development of expertise should be at least 40 ECTS credits. In addition to the dissertation the doctoral degree can include max. 50 ECTS credits.

The doctoral candidate’s unfinished studies will not expire but postgraduate studies are always carried out in compliance with the current curriculum. The new curricula become effective in the beginning of August. Doctoral candidates accepted before 1 August, 2020 may complete their studies according to the curriculum 2018-2020 until 31 July, 2022.

Curriculum for a doctoral degree in the UTU Peppi-system

Study Guide 2020-2022 (pdf)
(Including instructions and regulations, admission criteria and curriculum for postgraduate studies)

Study Guide 2018-2020 (pdf)

Study Guide 2016-2018 (pdf)

General Instructions for Doctoral Candidates

Useful links


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

Study Schedule

For the doctoral courses organised by the Faculty of Education in autumn term, sign up between June 15 - August 15, 2021. For the courses organised in spring term, sign up between Dec 1-15, 2021.

Sign up for the courses by selecting a right course in the Webropol form.

The minimum number of participants in the courses is usually eight. Places in courses are usually available on a first-come-first-served basis, so early enrollment is recommended. Please cancel your place in the course as soon as possible if you’re not able to participate, so we can offer the place for the next student on a waiting list.

NOTE: According to the policy of the Faculty, all doctoral candidates need their supervisor's approval for participating in courses. All courses should promote the progress of the doctoral dissertation study.

Doctoral courses organised in autumn 2021 (pdf, updated 15.6.2021)

Doctoral courses of the Faculty of Education in Peppi System

You may also participate in courses organised by the UTUGS. In addition, the other faculties and doctoral programmes organise training and courses that are available for the doctoral candidates of other faculties and doctoral programmes. More information about these courses can be found on the website of other faculties.

Supervision of Doctoral Studies

When receiving admission for postgraduate studies, the student will be appointed at least two supervisors who, among other things, organize doctoral seminars, give personal supervision and create national or international research contacts for the doctoral candidate.

The main supervisor should be a professor or a docent employed in the faculty (Department of Education or Department of Teacher Education). The other supervisor should be at least a doctor.

The student should personally discuss about supervision with their main supervisor before applying for the studies. The student is also required to be in contact with their other supervisor in the different stages of postgraduate research. If needed, for instance due to a special nature of a research subject, a third supervisor can be appointed, and they should be at least a doctor. No fees are paid for supervisors outside the university, unless special funding is available and the fees can be paid from it.

Each full-time doctoral candidate should have an advisory group, which includes the first supervisor and 1-2 persons with a doctoral degree. The doctoral candidate should discuss with the first supervisor and together they make a proposal for the advisory group. The advisory group is nominated by the Steering Committee of the Doctoral Programme. The advisory group meets once a year, and the doctoral candidate is the convoker of the meeting. During the doctoral training the advisory group meets four times. The doctoral candidate writes a short memo of the discussion, and reports of the meeting as part of the yearly reporting. Meeting of the advisory group is recommended to be connected to the development and career discussions.

Instructions for changing a supervisor or adding a third supervisor are at the Intranet of the Faculty.


You will find the contact information of the professors and docents of the Faculty of Education at the webpage of the departments:

Department of Education (mostly supervisors of KEVEKO Doctoral Programme)

Department of Teacher Education (mostly supervisors of OPPI Doctoral Programme)

Postgraduate seminars

Postgraduate seminars an important part of doctoral training. In the seminars a doctoral candidates practices scientific conversation and argumentation concerning their research theme. At the Faculty of Education an obligatory part of doctoral studies is participation in the seminars of the Doctoral Programme (8 ECTS). Doctoral candidate also presents the progress of the dissertation regularly in the seminars.

It is also recommended that those planning postgraduate studies would take part in their future supervisor’s postgraduate seminars about six months before applying.

In the KEVEKO Doctoral Programme, joint postgraduate seminars for all the doctoral candidates of KEVEKO are organised once a semester. All first supervisors of the programme participate in the seminar and comment on the presentations of doctoral candidates. Also the visiting professors of the Department of Education usually attend the seminars. Please contact KEVEKO coordinator to inquire the meeting dates.

The postgraduate seminars of OPPI Doctoral Programme are listed on the website of Centre for Research on Learning and Instruction (CERLI).

Dissertation process and graduation

Most of the work is done! Now, there are a few things to do before graduating as a PhD.

When the manuscript of your dissertation is getting ready, please read thoroughly the guidelines of the Faculty of Education on these pages as well as the guidelines of the University of Turku. You'll find the instructions also in the UGIS System. Leave enough time for all preparations.

When planning the date of the public examination, please take into account the following:

  • preliminary examination takes about 2 months
  • schedule of the Faculty Council meetings (getting the permission to defend)
  • reserve about one month for finalising the manuscript, making the layout, making the publishing agreement and printing
  • electronically published dissertation needs to be submitted to be published and made available at least 15 days before the dissertation defence, the printed dissertation is released publicly at least 10 days before the dissertation defence.
  • coordinating the schedules of the doctoral candidate, the opponent and the custos takes time, too.

> Guidelines for doctoral dissertation of the Faculty of Education

> University's guidelines for dissertation defence

Contact information

Chief Academic Officer Anne Niemimäki

Coordinator Sanna Niukko / KEVEKO Doctoral Programme

Coordinator Jenni Kankaanpää / OPPI Doctoral Programme