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Ph.D. On Campus

Social Sciences

University of Vaasa

48 months
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The Social Sciences programme at University of Vaasa is interdisciplinary and its aim is to train doctoral-level experts and independent researchers to positions especially in the public sector, but also in the private sector and for other actors of society.

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Students of the Doctoral Programme of Social Sciences complete a Doctor of Administrative Sciences, D.Sc. (Admin.), degree or Doctor of Philosophy in communication studies.


The scientific resources of the Social Sciences programme at University of Vaasa  are those of the research fields of the main subjects of the unit of Administrative Sciences. The contents of the programme are decided upon by the groups of the programme. The main subjects are: regional studies, public management, public law, social and health management, and communication studies.

The studies of the programme consist of several elements, such as in-depth education in the theoretical background of the research field, research methods, ethics, and methodology of research work. An additional aim is to include courses that prepare students for working life. Also, the intention is to utilize the most recent scientific knowledge. The doctoral programme is nationally and internationally networked. The researchers organize seminars, and actively participate in international seminars and contemporary public discussion.

Programme Structure

The focus areas of the subjects are:

  • regional development and economy
  • study of public management and ethics: ethical management and identification of problems, good management and leadership
  • changing governance and basic rights
  • study of social and health services and systems: citizen participation, governance and management of complex problems
  • communication studies

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.

Other requirements

General requirements

Students who have completed an applicable higher university degree:

  • advanced studies in the major subject or in a subject that is equal to a major subject shall be completed with at least grade “good”
  • compensation and equation of advanced studies with other studies  is decided by the professor of the major subject.
  • the Master’s thesis must be awarded at least ‘cum laude approbatur’. In special cases studies supplementing the grade or other achievements showing sufficient level may be accepted.
  • a high quality research plan, based on which it is evaluated whether the subject of the research is suitable for the research profile of the discipline, as well as for the expertise and guidance resources
  • preliminary study plan for graduate studies
  • adequate language skills enabling doctoral studies

Tuition Fee

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There are no tuition fees or other mandatory fees for doctoral students. 

Living costs for Vaasa

680 - 990 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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