Doctorate On Campus


University of the Arts Helsinki

48 months
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Students in the Doctoral Programme in Music at the University of the Arts Helsinki can choose between three specialisation areas: Arts Study Programme, Research Study Programme and Applied Study Programme.


Doctoral Programme in Music at the University of the Arts Helsinki provide the competence for a wide variety of artistic careers, for teaching, research, and development tasks, as well as for various sectors of societal activity. 

Doctoral alumni work, for example, in the following positions: research project leader, academy research fellow, researcher, artist, provincial artist, musician, conductor, opera coach/collaborative pianist, singer, composer, professor, university lecturer, lecturer, teacher, rector and expert.


Graduates are experts who are capable of high-level creative and critical work and who operate in demanding art, research, development and educational positions independently and in collaboration with others. Doctors of Music also act as social influencers for an ethically sustainable future.

Programme Structure

Topics include:
  • Working as an artist
  • In-depth musical education and necessary research skills
  • Key career skills, such as communication and interaction skills, as well as self-knowledge and communality
  • Studies on the topic of the student’s own work       
  • General research studies in the field 
  • Studies focusing on the researcher’s profession and readiness to enter the workforce

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




240 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

You are eligible for post-graduate studies if you have completed a Master of Music degree or a comparable previous degree at the Sibelius Academy or any other applicable Master’s-level university degree.

  • your capability to successfully complete the post-graduate degree intended
  • application documents and, if any, entrance examination performances
  • feasibility of completing the degree within the normative study times (Doctorate with full-time study in 4 years, Licentiate’s degree in 2.5 years, from the time when the right of study for post-graduate studies is granted)
  • originality of the proposed degree project
  • significance and impact of the proposed degree project in its field and in society at large
  • suitability of the project for the artistic and research profile of the university

Tuition Fee

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  • International

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  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 48 months.

There are no tuition fees in the doctoral programme.

Living costs for Helsinki

975 - 1584 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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