Eligibility and selection criteria
Who can apply?
According to the Universities Act of Finland (558/2009, Chapter 5, Section 37), eligible for studies leading to a doctoral degree shall be
- a person who has completed an applicable higher university or polytechnic degree
- a person who has completed an applicable education abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for corresponding higher education
- a person whom the university judges otherwise to have sufficient knowledge and skills for the studies.
There is no term fee for doctoral education in the University of Eastern Finland.
If you are applying for a doctoral study right in a field of research which has not been the main field of you Master's degree, the faculty may require you to complete supplementary studies to ensure that you are qualified to take part in doctoral studies. Possible supplementary studies are specified when the right to doctoral studies is granted and cannot be included in the doctoral degree.
Eligibility for doctoral degree in Educational Studies
Eligible applicants for doctoral studies in the Doctoral Programme in Educational Studies must have completed a Master's degree with science of adult education, special pedagogy, education, home economics or craft science as their major subject or completed advanced studies in any of these subjects. Applicants who have completed a Master's degree in some other field or Master’s degree at a university of applied sciences in a relevant field of study are also eligible to apply.
The doctoral programme is also open to applicants who have completed a relevant Master's degree abroad, providing eligibility in the awarding country for corresponding studies leading to a doctoral degree. The applicants Master's degree must be completed in a field corresponding to the major subject of the doctorate, and must be completed by the end of the application period. A Master's degree completed abroad is considered to correspond to a Finnish higher university degree. Degrees completed in other countries are assessed separately on a case-by-case basis.
Eligible applicants must have completed at least 60 ECTS credits of studies in the field of Education by the end of the application period.
Prospective students who apply for the right to pursue a doctoral degree in the Philosophical Faculty and who have a Master's degree in a subject other than adult education, special pedagogy, education, home economics or craft science, and whose additional studies have not given them eligibility to pursue postgraduate studies in the field for which they have applied, may be asked by the faculty to complete between 15 and 60 ECTS in supplementary studies upon a proposal by the Doctoral Programme in Educational Studies. Applicants who change their major subject may also be asked by the faculty to complete between 15 and 60 ECTS in supplementary studies upon a proposal by the Doctoral Programme in Educational Studies. Applicants who have completed a polytechnic Master's degree will supplement their studies according to a proposal submitted by the doctoral programme, in order to meet the criteria for one of the above-mentioned Master's degrees. The scope and extent of any supplementary studies will be specified when the right to doctoral studies is granted. Supplementary studies cannot be included in the doctoral degree.
Students admitted to pursue doctoral studies in the Doctoral Programme in Educational Studies within the Philosophical Faculty must have completed advanced studies in which they have achieved the grade "good" or higher in the major subject of their postgraduate studies, in an applicable related subject or in other equivalent studies. The applicant's Master's thesis or an equivalent final paper must have achieved a grade corresponding to "good" or higher (i.e. at least cum laude approbatur or 3/5). If the applicant's earlier degree does not include a Master’s thesis or a corresponding final paper or if its grade is lower than that mentioned above, the leadership group of the doctoral programme will assess a proposal by the professor of the subject whether the applicant can present additional academic merits (such as an exceptionally high quality research plan, an essay concerning the method or subject matter of the proposed study, publications or research experience) in support of their admission.
Students applying for the right to pursue studies in the Faculty of Science and Forestry will be assessed based on the admission criteria of the respective faculty. In addition to a relevant Master's degree, applicants are expected to have a subject teacher's qualification in physics, chemistry, mathematics or computer science. Topics of postgraduate studies in physics, chemistry, mathematics and computer science are related to learning, teaching or teacher education in these subjects.
Admission to doctoral education is based on the above-mentioned studies and a research proposal approved and recommended by the doctoral programme (instructions for research proposal, pdf-document). The board of the Doctoral Programme in Educational Studies will assess the quality of the applicant's research plan and its relevance to the research topics of the programme. The originality of the research plan may be verified by using an electronic plagiarism detection system.
In addition, the faculty must have the expertise required to supervise the doctoral dissertation. The application must include the names of at least two supervisors who have agreed to the task, one of which is the supervising professor. The supervising professor has to be employed in the faculty in which the doctoral student is completing his/her degree. The primary supervisor must be a professor, associate professor or docent. Other supervisors shall be people who have completed doctoral studies. If the supervising professor is also the primary supervisor, a second supervisor shall be appointed.
English language skills
Eligible applicants for doctoral studies must have sufficient English skills in order to complete the doctoral studies. Doctoral students are expected to be able to write scientific texts, participate in teaching, and communicate fluently with university staff in English.
The applicant can verify her/his English skills with an attachment to the application. These attachments must include a degree diploma, transcript of studies and a Diploma Supplement if the applicant has:
- English as foreign language included in at least a Bachelor-level degree conducted in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) or in an EU/EEA country;
- At least 20 ECTS university-level studies in the subject of English Studies completed in a Nordic or in an EU/EEA country;
- Master's thesis written in English when Master's degree is completed in a Nordic country or in an EU/EEA country;
- Bachelor's or Master's degree completed in English language in a Nordic country or in an EU/EEA country or Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States;
- Doctoral Degree completed in a Nordic country or in an EU/EEA country or Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States;
- Secondary education and final examination completed in English (for example International Baccalaureate) in a Nordic country or in an EU/EEA country or Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.
In other case, the applicant is to prove her/his language skills in English with an English language test:
- TOEFL paper-based: Total score 600 and Writing 4.0;
- TOEFL Internet-based: Total Score 100 and Writing 22;
- IELTS (Academic): Overall Score 6.5 and Writing 5.5;
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English), min. 59 points;
- C1 Advanced (CAE), pass levels A, B or C / C2 Proficiency (CPE), pass levels A, B, C or level C1 Certificate;
- National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI). Skills level 5 or 6 in the reading comprehension, writing and speaking subtests.
For more information on the tests, please contact the language testing organizations.
Please note that a written statement by the applicant, prospective supervisor, English teacher, etc., is not an adequate proof of the applicant's sufficient English skills.