Tips for doctoral candidates

Instructions of Philosophical Faculty for evaluating doctoral dissertation and the procedure of public doctoral examination:

Post-doctoral party, karonkka

The post-doctoral party, karonkka, is held in the honour of the opponent and the candidate acts as the host or hostess of the party. The doctoral candidate can decide the venue for the party, and is in charge to organize and pay the costs of post-doctoral party. An invitation to the post-doctoral party should be sent, not only to the opponent and the custos, but also to the faculty representative, supervisors, pre-examiners and co-authors, as well as to anyone else who has clearly contributed to the dissertation. Also the candidate's companion, parents and close friends may be included in the guest list. Note, that Philosophical Faculty pays the travelling and accommodation costs only for the opponent. All other visitors should travel to the public defence and karonkka with their own finances.

Instructions for traditional karonkka:

Applying for a Postgraduate Degree

After the licentiate thesis or doctoral dissertation along with all other studies needed to complete the degree is recorded in the study attainment register, the student may apply for the degree.

Application forms for Postgraduate Degrees

Application form for licentiate degree certificate (rtf)
Application form for licentiate degree certificate (pdf)
Application form for doctoral degree certificate (e-form with UEF user account and password)

The application for a postgraduate degree is submitted to the amanuensis of postgraduate affairs.

Kaisu Kortelainen
Philosophical Faculty
Joensuu campus, Borealis 306
PO Box 111
FIN-80101 Joensuu


Time of delivery for the certificate is about 3 weeks from the time the last study unit or module is recorded in the study register or from the time the application is received at the Administration Service Centre. NB! During holidays and busy periods, such as at the end of the calendar or academic years, the time of delivery may be longer than mentioned above.