It is possible to continue studying at the University of Eastern Finland after obtaining your Master’s degree. Possible scientific postgraduate degrees in the university include licentiate and doctorate degrees. Some fields also offer professional postgraduate degrees, such as the medical physicist’s and chemist’s degrees. The target schedule for completing the doctoral degree is four years. The aim of scientific doctoral education is to educate researchers and specialists who have the capacity work independently to solve scientific problems and produce new scientific knowledge. A doctorate can be a qualification requirement for some positions.
The University of Eastern Finland has organised scientific postgraduate studies into 13 doctoral programmes, which are thematic or discipline-specific. They are responsible for the organisation of subject-related doctoral studies and the supervision of doctoral researchers. Each doctoral programme has a designated head, board, and a coordinator. The Doctoral School is responsible for providing transferable skills studies to all of the university’s doctoral researchers, as well as for general development of doctoral education. The Doctoral School is led by Academic Rector Tapio Määttä with the help of a board, and a coordinator, Head of Academic Affairs Kaisa Laitinen. University lecturer Merja Lyytikäinen also works for the Doctoral School and is responsible for organising transferable skills studies.
Doctoral degree consists of a doctoral dissertation, and doctoral studies (30-50 credit points) that support the research work and development of expertise. The studies consist of discipline-specific studies and transferable skills studies. The exact study requirements vary among the doctoral programmes. The transferable skills studies include, for example, courses is academic writing, project management, research ethics and career skills.
The doctoral dissertation presents the research findings. It aims to demonstrate that the doctoral candidate is well-versed in his/her own field of research and its social significance, and is able to gain knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific research methods independently and critically to produce new scientific knowledge within his/her field of research. The dissertation is be defended in the public examination.
The two main dissertation forms are a monograph and an article-based dissertation. The monograph is a scientific presentation based on independent research that promotes knowledge in the discipline in question. The article-based dissertation consists of 3-5 peer reviewed research articles concerning the same research problem and a conclusion based on these.