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Social and Behavioural Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #285 (QS) ,
The Doctoral Programme of Social and Behavioural Sciences is part of the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS). The field of a Doctor of Social Sciences can be philosophy, contemporary history, social policy, social work, sociology, economic sociology, political science, sociology of education, or East Asian Studies. 

About

Each of the faculty’s professionals approaches society from the perspective of their own academic discipline.  ​The current research themes are listed below:

  • Political organizations, international relations and government with the objective of conducting research on the state, political systems and power.
  • The recent history of politics, international relations and society
  • Contemporary East-Asian societies and politics including their recent histories.
  • Bioethics, philosophy of political and social sciences, and the history of philosophy (especially early modern philosophy)
  • Research on cognition and various states of consciousness, studying the neural basis of various cognitive processes, and research on reading and reading comprehension.
  • Multicultural Research, Political Sociology, Sociology of Housing, Social Inequalities, Social Theory and Welfare Research

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Research themes

  • Political organizations, international relations and government with the objective of conducting research on the state, political systems and power.
  • The recent history of politics, international relations and society
  •  Contemporary East-Asian societies and politics including their recent histories.
  • Bioethics, philosophy of political and social sciences, and the history of philosophy (especially early modern philosophy)
  • Research on cognition and various states of consciousness, studying the neural basis of various cognitive processes, and research on reading and reading comprehension.
  • Multicultural Research, Political Sociology, Sociology of Housing, Social Inequalities, Social Theory and Welfare Research

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    575

    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. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • 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.

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Academic Requirements

The selection criteria are as follows:

  • a sufficient grade in the advanced studies stage of a master’s degree - usually at least a good evaluation is required
  • a sufficient grade for the master’s thesis – usually at least cum laude approbatur
  • the level and feasibility of the applicant’s research plan
  • availability of resources for supervision

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

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

    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 Turku

  • 775 - 1130 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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