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Doctoral degree requirements

The IMPDET doctoral students have to meet two main requirements in order to complete the doctoral degree:

1) The student must complete and publicly defend a doctoral dissertation

2) The student must study course work to full the degree structure and study requirements

Doctoral dissertations in IMPDET

SCITECO – Faculty of Science, Forestry and Technology

In the SCITECO doctoral programme, a doctoral dissertation can be independent research that promotes knowledge of the discipline in question (monograph). A dissertation in the SCTECO programme may also be composed of several scientific publications or manuscripts concerning the same research problem that have been accepted for publication or are intended to be published, and a conclusion based on these (article based dissertation). The Faculty determines the sufficiency of the articles in the case of an article based dissertation

The specific requirements for an article-based dissertation in the Faculty of Science, Forestry and Technology can be found on the SCITECO website:, Section Studies => Requirements for doctoral dissertations.

KASVA – Faculty of Philosophy

In the KASVA doctoral programme, an eligible doctoral dissertation may be a monograph or a collection of research articles. A collection of research articles consists of scientific publications or manuscripts, outlined in an independent summary, which examine the same set of problems. The number of articles required is determined by the Philosophical Faculty.

The specific requirements for a dissertation including a collection of research articles in the Philosophical Faculty can be found on the KASVA website: => Section Studies and Dissertation => Requirements for doctoral dissertations.

Degree structures and study requirements in IMPDET

SCITECO – Faculty of Science, Forestry and Technology

The overall scope of postgraduate studies required for a doctoral degree in the SCITECO programme is 30 ECTS, including:

  • Studies in the discipline and field of research 20-22 ECTS.
  • Transferable skills courses 8-10 ECTS, including a compulsory course on Research Ethics (1 ECTS) or other corresponding studies on research ethics.

The studies may include courses from other faculties, doctoral degree programmes, and universities, including summer schools, seminars, book exams, conference presentations, or other work, where these support the research efforts. The main supervisor assesses the relevancy of completed work from the perspective of the studies as a whole.

KASVA – Faculty of Philosophy

The overall scope of postgraduate studies required for a doctoral degree in the KASVA programme is 50 ECTS, including

  • transferable skills studies (10 ECTS) contain the philosophy of science and ethics, scientific writing skills, and academic and other working life skills
  • studies in the discipline and field of research (40 ECTS) contain research methods, research seminars, and other discipline-specific postgraduate studies.