• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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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Overview

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.

Education

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • Finnish
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:

    62

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

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

  • International

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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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.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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