The Social Sciences programme at the University of Helsinki collaborates with the Centre for Social Data Science, the Centre for Consumer Society Research and Helsinki Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences.
The doctoral programme offers high-quality doctoral training in the areas of media and communication studies, social and cultural anthropology, social psychology, social and public policy, social work, sociology, social data science and criminology.
50 new doctoral students are admitted each year. We're an international community, and the programme is multilingual: you can complete a degree in either Finnish, Swedish or English.
This programme covers the widest areas of social science research in Finland: media and communication studies, social and cultural anthropology, social psychology, social and public policy, social work, sociology, social data science, consumer society research and criminology.
- media and communication studies
- social and cultural anthropology
- social psychology
- social and public policy
- social work
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- The doctoral programme recommends that, well in advance of submitting their application, applicants contact teachers in the suitable field to receive instructions concerning the suitability of their research proposal for supervisory and research profile in the field (no supervisory assistance can otherwise be offered for the research proposal). Applicants are expected to use their initiative in finding a supervisor (see selection criteria, supervisory arrangements). Email messages sent to teachers must be accompanied by a preliminary research proposal (max. 5 pages).
- A favourable statement from the desired supervisor is not required at the application stage.
- The previous degree must be relevant to the planned research topic and the discipline. A degree is regarded as relevant if it includes sufficient studies in a discipline which, given the topic of the proposed doctoral dissertation, can be regarded as a suitable basis for doctoral studies.
InternationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
Living costs for Helsinki
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.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
Updated in the last 6 months
Check the official programme website for potential updates.