Doctoral/licentiate degree

A doctoral degree can be completed as postgraduate studies in one of the doctoral degree programmes of the University of Eastern Finland. The postgraduate students of the Department of Social Sciences are mainly placed in two doctoral degree programmes: The Doctoral Programme in Social and Cultural Encounters (SCE) or the Doctoral Programme in Welfare, Health and Management (WELMA).

Our doctoral programmes train researchers and experts with the capacity to work both independently and in interdisciplinary research teams, carrying out various research, development and administrative tasks. The doctoral programmes are responsible for studies in the discipline and field of research included in postgraduate studies, and they offer postgraduate education of high quality for our postgraduate students. Our goal is to strengthen the theoretical and methodological basis and the basis on the philosophy of science of the special fields of the doctoral programmes. We also want to promote our doctoral students’ international activities by encouraging them to participate in researcher exchanges, complete studies abroad, make presentations in international conferences, publish in international publications and participate in international researcher networks.

A licentiate degree can be completed before a doctoral degree.

Licentiate and doctoral studies comprise at least 40–50 ECTS credits of studies that support the student’s research project and professional competence, as well as a licentiate thesis or a doctoral dissertation. The studies are divided into two categories: studies in the discipline and field of research and studies in general transferable skills.