Postgraduate studies

Postgraduate studies in the Faculty

The extent of postgraduate studies is at least 30 credits. The studies comprise of transferable skills studies and studies on discipline and field of research. Required studies are

  • in the field of study in Natural Sciences: transferable skills studies 8-10 credits and studies in the discipline and field of research 20-22 credits
  • in the field of study in Agriculture and Forestry: transferable skills studies at least 5 credits and studies in the discipline and field of research at least 25 credits

A personal postgraduate study plan is formulated according to the structure of the postgraduate studies of the doctoral programme.

The studies shall be completed according to the personal postgraduate study plan approved by the Faculty. If needed, and with the permission of the supervisor, the study plan can be updated over the course of the studies. The update must be decisively approved by the Faculty.

Regarding the study units of the postgraduate studies, the Faculty of Science and Forestry has decreed that the studies of the major subject that are completed as part of the postgraduate studies will be graded on a scale of 1 to 5.

In the field of natural sciences the personal postgraduate study plan must indicate the particular studies of which the studies of the major subject, graded on a scale 1-5, are comprised. The postgraduate studies in the field of forest sciences will be graded on a scale of pass/fail because no separate studies of the major subject are required.

The overall grade of the postgraduate studies of the major subject is counted as an ECTS-weighted mean of the completed studies that have been graded on a scale of 1 to 5, and the postgraduate studies are united as a module. The calculation and the uniting are made at the Administration Service Centre of the Faculty when the degree certificate is being drafted.

Updating of postgraduate study plan and steering group

If, during the course of studies, changes are made to the personal postgraduate study plan or the composition of the steering group, approval for these must be sought from the Faculty. There is no form for updates available, instead the student should submit a proposal regarding changes to the faculty in free format.

If the changes concern the composition of the steering group, the proposal must indicate the changes being proposed and that all the members of the steering group, both previous and new, agree to them. This should be established primarily through signatures. If it is unreasonably difficult to obtain signatures, for example, because of distances, email confirmation is sufficient. The proposal should include the name, title, workplace and email address of all the supervisors mentioned. The main supervisor should be mentioned separately.

Proposal for changes are to be delivered to the Faculty, in Joensuu to Head of Academic Affairs Kaisa Laitinen, kaisa.laitinen(at)uef.fi, tel. +358 50 432 7573 and in Kuopio to Coordinator Anna-Leena Nylund, anna-leena.nylund(at)uef.fi, tel. +358 40 355 2882, who will also provide further information on the matter.

The changes are approved by the Dean of the Faculty. The Faculty will email the approved proposals to all the parties concerned for information purposes.

Postgraduate studies in the Doctoral Programme in Forests and Bioresources

Degree structure and study requirements

A licentiate or a doctoral degree consists of the following elements:

  • A doctoral dissertation or licentiate thesis
  • Postgraduate studies (30 ECTS): Transferable skills studies (5 ECTS) and Studies in the discipline and field of research (25 ECTS)

In addition to licentiate/doctoral studies, you may, if necessary, be required to complete supplementary studies (see below).

Requirements laid down for the doctoral dissertation

A doctoral dissertation can be a scientific account based on independent research, which is deemed to increase knowledge in the field in question (a monograph). A doctoral dissertation can consist of a sufficient number, determined by the university, of scientific publications discussing the same set of problems (article-based or compiled dissertation). They can be either published or intended/accepted for publication, and are outlined in a separate summary. The structure of an article-based or compiled doctoral dissertation is as follows: a doctoral dissertation in the form of a collection of research articles typically contains 3-5 peer-reviewed scientific articles, of which at least two or at least 50% must have been published or approved for publication in international, scientific peer review series; the dissertation must include an account of the author's contribution to joint publications.

Required studies

You studies need to include at least  30 ECTS of which a min. of 5 ECTS should be transferable skills studies and 25 ECTS studies in discipline and field of research as described below. You need to submit your study plan to the Administration Service Center of the Faculty of Science and Foresty within three months after receiving your study right for postgraduate studies. Please use our programme's study plan template. Before signing and submitting your doctoral study plan to the Faculty of Science and Forestry, please submit it to Marjoriitta Möttönen, the coordinator of FORES, for pre-checking.

Transferable skills studies (5 ECTS)

The general transferable skills studies should include (1) ethics of science (1145003 Research ethics, 1 ECTS) and (2) management of a research project (1145006 Research project management, 2 ECTS). In addition, transferable skills studies may include scientific communication and immaterial rights or other general transferable skills courses provided by the UEF Doctoral School. Descriptions of the courses provided by the UEF Doctoral School each year can be found in WebOodi (UEF Doctoral School>Doctoral School of the University of Eastern Finland).

Studies in the discipline and field of research (25 ECTS)

Studies in the discipline and field of research are largely elective. Elective studies in the discipline and field of research must support  your efforts to complete the doctoral dissertation or licentiate thesis. They should also include "3514001 Postgraduate Research Seminar, Forestry" in which you present your research plan or your research related to your doctoral dissertation or licentiate thesis. 

Optional forms of study that can be included in the studies within the discipline and field of research include the following:

  • Completing the courses in the theory of science and methodology, the associated lectures and exercises.
  • Reviewing scientific research and methodology related to the topic of the doctoral dissertation or licentiate thesis and preparing written summaries for the supervisor or sitting examinations on key works (max. 4 ECTS) *(1).
  • Preparing advanced-level courses related to the topic of the doctoral dissertation or licentiate thesis and teaching them (max. 4 ECTS) *(2)
  • Participation in the international scientific conferences (a poster or oral presentation) (max. 1-2 ECTS) *(3)
  • Publication in scientific peer-reviewed journal related to your doctoral dissertation/licentiate thesis (which will not be included in your doctoral dissertation/licentiate thesis) (max. 4 ECTS) *(4)

*You need to make a written application which includes detailed information about the activity, e.g. which literature and/or methodology has been studied and/or the topics, authors and number of pages of the included literature (1); the name of the course and the number of teaching hours (2); the name, date and place of the conference and the name of your presentation/poster in it (3); the name of the article and the publication series and your own contribution in that etc. (4) to the coordinator of FORES (Marjoriitta Möttönen) after which the director of FORES may approve those to be included in your postgraduate studies.

In addition to courses provided by the University of Eastern Finland, corresponding courses arranged by other Finnish (Please note that JOO study rights are awarded only in special cases for doctoral students) and foreign universities and institutes of higher education can be approved as transferable skills studies or studies in the discipline and field of research. Other courses suitable for doctoral studies are provided, for example, by the Nordic university network NOVA.

Supplementary studies

In addition to doctoral studies (30 ECTS), you may be required to complete supplementary studies in case your previous degree was not related to forest sciences. The maximum scope of required supplementary studies is 60 ECTS, depending on your earlier qualifications and other knowledge and methodological skills required for pursuing the doctoral programme. The purpose of supplementary studies is to provide you with adequate skills for completing a doctoral dissertation or a licentiate thesis in the field of forest sciences. Supplementary studies should be listed separately in your doctoral study plan.

RPL practices in postgraduate education

The Doctoral Programme in Forests and Bioresources applies the recognition and accreditation of prior learning (RPL) practices. Only (1) advanced-level courses completed in a Finnish or a foreign university or (2) skills and abilities acquired in scientific research projects may be recognised as RPL units and included in the Doctoral Programme studies. RPL units can be approved as either studies in the discipline and field of research or transferable skills studies. RPL units can also be approved as supplementary studies. However, earlier studies already included in your previous qualifications cannot be approved as RPL units. Any approved RPL units need to listed in your doctoral study plan. The teacher of the School of Forest Sciences who supervises your doctoral dissertation or licentiate thesis project and the head of the doctoral programme approves any RPL units that can be counted towards the doctoral studies when approving your doctoral study plan.

Guidance

In questions regarding postgraduate education, please consult:

  • head of the administration (student affairs) Kaisa Laitinen, room Natura 348, tel. +358 (0) 50 432 7573, Email. kaisa.laitinen(at)uef.fi
  • coordinator Marjoriitta Möttönen, room Borealis 365, tel. +358 (0) 50 442 3031, Email. marjoriitta.mottonen(at)uef.fi

In addition, the Doctoral School of the University of Eastern Finland organises "1145018 Doctoral Studies, Career and Networking Skills" throughout the year. It consists of independent Moodle-assignment and a series of seminars. The exact timetable and description can be found in WebOodi (UEF Doctoral School>Doctoral School of the University of Eastern Finland).

  • 1145018 Doctoral Studies, Career and Networking Skills (1 ECTS)

Our Doctoral Education Curricula features university- and faculty-level instructions and guidelines relating to doctoral education.

The Doctoral Education Curricula 2016-2017 is available online: Doctoral Education Curricula 2016-2017

NOTE! Starting from 2018-2019, the curricula will only be available in WebOodi and on these webpages.

Education networks

The Nordic university network NOVA

FIRST II- Forest Industrial Research School on Technology

UniPID DocNet