A doctoral degree consists of a doctoral dissertation and its defence in a public examination and theoretical studies that support the research work. Completion of the doctoral degree (dissertation and studies included in the degree) is estimated as four years of full-time study.
The students who were granted the right to doctoral studies before 1 August, 2017, must complete postgraduate studies in the major subject according to the study plan as well as other studies that support the research work (at least 60 credits in total). Information about these requirements is in Instructions for Students.
They may transfer to a new degree structure system during the three years transition period, until 31 July 2020.
In new system starting on 1 August 2017, each doctoral programmes has its own degree requirements designed to support research work and development of expertise in the different disciplines working under the doctoral programme. The doctoral degree consists of a doctoral dissertation and 40 credits of theoretical studies. Information on the degree requirements of each doctoral programme can be found from the doctoral programmes' websites as well as from the WebOodi Course Catalogue Service.