How to apply for doctoral studies?

The application deadlines for the Doctoral Programme in Educational Studies is twice a year:  in the end of April and in the end of October. 

The next application period will be open in September and closed on 30.10.2020. You can find the online application form and instructions in Doctoral Programme in Educational Studies.

Before applying, make sure that you are an eligible applicant for doctoral studies. Read carefully the eligibility and admission criteria and all other available instructions. Contact possible supervisors well in advanced and write the research proposal following the given instructions. You can find the instructions as pdf-document below. If you have questions, please contact FiloDoctoralstudies(at)


Applications should have the following documents:

  • Research proposal (pdf) approved by the supervisors
  • Written consent of at least two supervisors (for example consent sent by e-mail)
  • Copies of previous higher education degree certificates, transcripts  and other documents which affect eligibility for studies
  • Documents verifying the applicants English language skills, see eligibility and admission criteria

How to fill the online application form:

Please note that you have to fill in and submit the online application with attachments not later than informed dead line date at 11:59 pm Finnish time. Make sure that you have all necessary attachments at your application before the dead line.

Required enclosures must be uploaded electronically to the application (recommended file types pdf and jpeg, max. file size 1 GB).
We accept scanned copies of the original degree certificates and transcripts as well as the translations when they are required.
We do not accept scans of photocopies unless they have been certified by the awarding institution.
Please scan the original documents with care, always scan in color and remember to scan all pages. If your scan is blurred, discoloured or the file is flawed it will not be accepted. The use of PDF -format is encouraged, as this ensures that the files can be opened in all operating systems.

Upon request, original degree certificates must be presented to the amanuensis of postgraduate studies.

Further information: FiloDoctoralstudies(at)

Application procedure

The selection of the doctoral students is based on the selection criteria of the doctoral programme. The Board of the Doctoral Programme assesses the applications and makes proposals concerning their approval or rejection. Dean of the faculty grants the study rights to doctoral students and confirm the supervisors for the doctoral dissertation with their decision. The admission results are published at My Studyinfo -service. The applicants will receive the decision about the study right also by email.

How to apply?

A doctoral study right is granted as a result of an application in which the applicant suggests supervisors and makes a research plan. Study right to doctoral studies in Finland does not include scholarship or funding. Funding has to be applied for from various sources separately.