PhD education in nursing science

The doctoral program (PhD) in nursing science is organized as a part of the multidisciplinary Doctoral programme in health sciences.  It is designed to prepare nurse scientists with curriculum content to include philosophy of science, qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques, statistical methods and several theoretical perspectives including research seminars. Master of Nursing Science (MNS) or equivalent can continue her/his studies to get the degree of PhD or licentiate in nursing science. Post graduate students are chosen by the specific selection process. The admission to the PhD program is based on the applicant's research proposal and personal goal statement plan including proficiency in English language.

The aim of PhD education is that the student (Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004 21 §):

  • "becomes well-versed in his/her own field of research and its social significance and gains knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific research methods independently and critically and to produce new scientific knowledge within his/her field of research
  • becomes conversant with the development, basic problems and research methods of his/her own field of research
  • gains such knowledge of the general theory of science and of other disciplines relating to his/her own field of research as enables him/her to follow developments in them".

Postgraduate education is based on two parts: theoretical studies (40 ECTS) and dissertation. The aim is complete studies in 4-5 years. There are studies of the general theory of science, methodology, disciplines relating to nursing science and own field of research and research seminars. The degree includes the doctoral or licentiate dissertation. According to Finnish higher education system the student will defence her dissertation in public examination after official external evaluation.

The curriculum of the postgraduate education follows the regulations of the postgraduate education in the university of Eastern Finland and the program of. Finnish Doctoral Education Network in Nursing Science The Finnish Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science was established in 1995. It is a national school steered and coordinated by the  University of Tampere collaborating with five Finnish Universities: University of Eastern Finland, University of Oulu, University of Tampere, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi. There are eight full time research positions for 4-5 years to PhD students. At the moment there are two positions at the UEF. The programme is actively arranging PhD-courses, seminars and symposiums in five participating universities and it supports the national mobility of students by rotations in research groups in different universities. The programme also has active international collaboration.