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Law, Ph. D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #287 (QS) ,
Doctoral Programme in Law covers all disciplines of law and is responsible of the doctoral training as a part of the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS).


Doctoral Programme in Law is responsible of the development of doctoral education, and it aims to ensure the high quality of the dissertations and enhance the internationalisation in the field of law. It aims to provide systematic, high-quality and supervised doctoral training within a controlled time frame. The Graduate School coordinates doctoral training at the University of Turku. Its academic structure and working methods meet the recommendations on the development of doctoral training given by the Academy of Finland.

The Doctoral Programme in Law is offered by the Faculty of Law. All the postgraduate students admitted to pursue a Doctor of Laws degree at the Faculty of Law participate in this programme. The Faculty of Law can also be part of national doctoral programmes and collaborate with other doctoral programmes.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • doctoral dissertation
  • Orientation course 
  • active participation in the Dissertation seminars
  • Theoretical Premises & Methodological Options of Legal Science,
  • other studies 
  • monitoring the work progress 

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

When considering the capability of the applicant to complete the degree for postgraduate studies, the following facts are taken into consideration: 
  • scientific interestingness, meaningfulness and feasibility of the research plan and suffiently wide-ranging familiarity with the research related to the theme, which should be shown in the research plan
  • connection between the research project and the faculty’s focus in research,
  • previous jurisprudential studies, their content and level of challenge if the applicant has a degree other than the Master of Laws degree
  • possible publications
  • merits and grade of the Master’s thesis and the possible postgraduate Laws degree thesis

Tuition Fee

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  • National

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Living costs for Turku

  • 775 - 1130 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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