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Educational Policy, Lifelong Learning and Comparative Education Research - KEVEKO, Ph. D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #287 (QS) Turku, Finland
Researchers at the Doctoral Programme on Educational Policy, Lifelong Learning and Comparative Education Research (KEVEKO) conducts research on multi-disciplinary aspects in a culturally diversified environment. 
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KEVEKO provides high quality and comprehensive doctoral education under the guidance of distinguished professors and supervisors. Research support and various funding opportunities to internationalize various researches form the pillar of KEVEKO for a knowledge based professional programme.Research themes of KEVEKO:

  • Comparative and international studies of education and the integration of global, national and local policies in educational governance.
  • Studies of educational policies and educational trajectories, e.g. studies of equity and equality in education as well as educational selection.
  • Studies of higher education policies and changing functions and positions of university institutions.
  • Studies of lifelong learning and working life including schooling and competence of adults.
  • Studies of special education, disabilities and immigration of youth.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Participation in supervisor’s guidance and the seminars of the Doctoral Programme
  • Current theoretical questions in the field of
  • Methodological studies
  • Studies of research ethics 
  • Studies of scientific writing 
  • General skills of expertise

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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:


    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.

General Requirements

  • Research plan (see the instructions on the website of the Faculty).
  • Curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, see the instructions on the website of the Faculty).
  • A motivation letter (reasons for applying for doctoral studies in the University of Turku, Faculty of Education)
  • A copy of degree certificates and transcript of study records (see the instructions on the website of the Faculty)
  • Certification of language skills

Tuition Fee

  • International

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

    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 Turku

  • 775 - 1130 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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