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The Doctoral Programme in Educational Studies offers quality research training for postgraduate students pursuing licentiate and doctoral degrees in the field of education. The Doctoral Programme provides an opportunity for multidisciplinary and multimethodological research in education.
The research themes of the doctoral degree programme cover education, training, teaching, learning, development and instruction, learning environments and teacher education. The themes may also be related to wellbeing and social and cultural questions in the context of education and training.
The disciplines included in the doctoral programme are science of adult education, special education, educational science, home economics, craft science and early childhood education. The doctoral programme is also open to doctoral students pursuing a doctorate in mathematics and science if the theme of their licentiate thesis or doctoral dissertation is related to the research topics of the doctoral programme.
The studies leading to the licentiate and doctoral degrees available in the doctoral programme comprise the licentiate thesis or the doctoral dissertation, as well as transferable skills studies and studies in the discipline and field of research.
Detailed informormation of the courses in WebOodi course catalogue: https://weboodi.uef.fi/weboodi/
Studies required of students completing a licentiate or a doctoral degree at philosophical faculty (total 50 ECTS)
|Research and working life skills (50 ECTS)||ECTS|
|Transferable skills studies||10|
|Philosophy of science and ethics
- Research Ethics (UEF) 1 ECTS
- Methodology and history of research (UEF) 1,5 ECTS and/or Philosophy of Science 0,5-2 ECTS
|Scientific Writing for Postgraduate Students (UEF) 2 ECTS||2|
|Academic and other working life skills
- For example: Presentations in scientific conferences, academic teaching positions and other expert positions, Speech Communication for Postgraduate Students (UEF) 2 ECTS; Media Communication for Postgraduate Students (UEF) 2 ECTS;
|Studies in the discipline and field of research||40|
Methodological studies offered by the faculties
|Research seminar of the student's discipline or research group||10|
|Other discipline-specific postgraduate studies and/or major or minor subject studies supporting the postgraduate research||25|
Scope of studies by target degree:
|Degree||Generar Tranferable Skills Studies||Studies in the discipline and field of research||Total credits|
Licentiate or Doctor of Education, and Licentiate or Doctor of Philosophy majoring in science of adult education, special pedagogy, craft science or home economics
Faculty of Science and Forestry
Licentiate or Doctor of Philosophy majoring in physics, chemistry or mathematics
Transferable Skills Studies
The UEF Doctoral School organises transferable skills courses which are common to all doctoral students at UEF.
The aim of transferable skills courses is that the postgraduate student
- familiarises him/herself with the theory and philosophy of science and research ethics and assumes a good scientific practice
- is able to plan a scientific research project, including problematization, methods, resources and scheduling
- acquires good communication skills: general and scientific oral and writing skills and popularization of science.
- learns management and teamwork skills
- can give education and is able to work in various expert tasks.
Eligibility for doctoral degree studies
Students eligible to pursue doctoral studies in the Doctoral Programme in Educational Studies must have completed a Master's degree with science of adult education, special pedagogy, education, home economics or craft science as their major subject or completed advanced studies in any of these subjects. At least 60 ECTS of studies in the field of Education is required. Applicants who have completed any other relevant Finnish Master's-level qualifications, including polytechnic Master's degrees, may also apply for the doctoral programme.
Prospective students who apply for the right to pursue a doctoral degree in the Philosophical Faculty and who have a Master's degree in a subject other than adult education, special pedagogy, education, home economics or craft science, and whose additional studies have not given them eligibility to pursue postgraduate studies in the field for which they have applied, may be asked by the faculty to complete between 15 and 60 ECTS in supplementary studies upon a proposal by the Doctoral Programme in Educational Studies. Applicants who change their major subject may also be asked by the faculty to complete between 15 and 60 ECTS in supplementary studies upon a proposal by the Doctoral Programme in Educational Studies. Applicants who have completed a polytechnic Master's degree will supplement their studies according to a proposal submitted by the doctoral degree programme, in order to meet the criteria for one of the above-mentioned Master's degrees. The scope and extent of any supplementary studies will be specified when the right to doctoral studies is granted. Supplementary studies cannot be included in the doctoral degree.
Master's degree completed abroad
The doctoral degree programme is also open to applicants who have completed a relevant Master's degree abroad, providing eligibility in the awarding country for corresponding studies leading to a postgraduate degree. The degree must be completed in a field corresponding to the major subject of the doctorate, and must be completed by the end of the application period. A Master's degree completed abroad is considered to correspond to a Finnish higher university degree. Degrees completed in other countries are assessed separately on a case-by-case basis. At least 60 ECTS of studies in the field of Education is required.
Applicants are expected to have proficiency in Finnish or in English sufficient for producing a clear research plan, participating in education and communicating with the university staff without difficulty. Upon submitting the application for the right to pursue studies, applicants may be asked to prove that they have the required proficiency in one of these languages.
Info about foundations and grants:
- Council of Finnish Foundations: saatiopalvelu.fi
- Aurora database (approximately 800 funders from Finland): aurora-tietokanta.fi
- UEF web pages: www.uef.fi/en/news-and-events/available-grants
- CIMO scholarships for international students: www.studyinfinland.fi/tuition_and_scholarships/cimo_scholarships