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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 the required postgraduate course work.

The requirements for the dissertation and course work differ slightly between the SCITECO and KASVA doctoral programmes, as described in the next section.

Doctoral dissertations in IMPDET

SCITECO – Faculty of Science and Forestry

In the SCITECO doctoral programme, a doctoral dissertation can be independent research that promotes knowledge of the discipline in question (monograph) or a collection of research papers concerning the same research problem (article-based dissertation).

The research papers in an article-based dissertation are scientific publications that have been published or accepted for publication in peer-reviewed publication forums or manuscripts that are intended to be published. In addition to the research articles and manuscripts, an article-based dissertation includes an independent summary section that outlines the dissertation study. The university determines the sufficiency of the research articles included in the article-based dissertation.

The specific requirements for an article-based dissertation in the Faculty of Science and Forestry are the following:

  • the dissertation is typically composed of 3 to 4 research articles or manuscripts
  • in the composition of three research articles at least two and in the composition of four (or more) research articles at least 50 % are required to be published or accepted for publication in international series using a peer-reviewing process.
  • the doctoral candidate should be the first author in at least two of the research articles included in the dissertation. In the summary part of the dissertation, the doctoral candidate must write a clarification on her/his role in each of the joint publications.

KASVA – Faculty of Philosophy

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

An article-based dissertation contains at least three peer-reviewed articles of which two must have been published and one must have been approved for publication. An article published in advance by a publication series as an online article is considered to be published. If the publications include collaborative works, the doctoral candidate must attest to his/her independent contribution either in the summary or in a separate appendix. The doctoral candidate must be the first author of at least three articles. A collaborative publication may be included in no more than two person’s licentiate theses or doctoral dissertations.  

Postgraduate course work structures and requirements IMDPET programme

SCITECO – Faculty of Science and Forestry

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.