Doctoral Programme of the Department of Language and Communication Studies

Degree title:
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree program type:
Doctor's Degree
0 cr
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Coordinating organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023


Doctoral studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences stress the ability to conduct research independently, the ability to complete and report an extensive research project, and the ability to present and defend the research in a public examination. Doctoral education prepares the doctoral student to be an expert in the chosen field and provides the doctoral student with analytic thinking, problem-solving, communication and information technology skills.

In a doctoral programme of the Department of Language and Communication Studies, the specialisation may be applied linguistics, communication, English, Finnish, Finnish sign language, German language and culture, intercultural communication, journalism, Romance philology, Russian language and culture or Swedish. The applicant must choose the specialisation during the application phase.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree presupposes the postgraduate studies required in the syllabus as well as a dissertation.

The licentiate degree consists of a licentiate thesis and additional postgraduate studies.

Learning outcomes

After completing a doctoral degree in the fields of humanities or social sciences, students

  • master research skills
  • are familiar with the central research and academic discourse relevant to their own research topic
  • demonstrate command of their field of research, including its development as well as theoretical and methodological starting points
  • are able to produce new, research-based scientific knowledge
  • understand the multidimensional character of scientific knowledge and recognise the global responsibility of research activities
  • are able to evaluate ethical questions at the various phases of the research process and work ethically and according to the responsible conduct of research
  • have acquired abilities to manage research projects
  • master academic communication as well as interaction and networking skills in different operating environments
  • are able to evaluate and promote the societal impact of research activities
  • have developed a readiness to work in demanding expert tasks and engage in international cooperation


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