• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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 programme 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

The scientific resources of the programme 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 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

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 Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Seminar
  • Managing Doctoral Research 
  • Writing scientific articles 
  • Research Ethics 
  • Pitch and Publish 
  • Researcher’s skills
  • Social media for researchers 
  • Philosophy of Science and Critical Thinking
  • Writing Better Academic English
  • Open Science
  • Mixed methods and longitudinal research

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

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  • Minimum required score:

    62

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General Requirements

Eligible for studies leading to an academic doctorate degree shall be a person who has completed

  • an applicable higher university degree;
  • an applicable higher polytechnic degree; or
  • an applicable education completed abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for corresponding higher education.
  • The following documents must be enclosed in the application for doctoral studies:

    • Officially certified copies of Degree certificates
    • Transcript of Records of the previous degrees and explanation of the grading scale
    • Photocopy of passport's information page
    • Proof of language proficiency
    • Curriculum Vitae. Please use the Europass CV form
    • Preliminary research plan. 
    • Preliminary study plan of the doctoral studies. 
    • Motivation letter 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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    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

    The options for financing doctoral studies at the University of Vaasa are doctoral student positions and scholarships for the doctoral thesis. Many graduate students also work in research projects of our research groups or get outside financing for their own doctoral thesis work. Please note that admission to doctoral studies does not automatically include financing.

    The Graduate School of University of Vaasa invites applications for one (1) one-year scholarship (24 000 €) for full-time doctoral student enrolled at the University of Vaasa for writing a doctoral thesis

    The scholarship is applied at the same time as the study right to Doctoral Programmes.

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