Doctor's Degree Programme in Psychology

Degree title:
Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), Doctor of Philosophy
Degree program type:
Doctor's Degree
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English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Education and Psychology
Coordinating organisation:
Department of Psychology
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023


Doctoral programme of psychology
• Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) or
• Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology is the major in the degrees of psychology. The doctoral degree in the field of psychology includes a doctoral dissertation and 40 ECTS other doctoral studies. (A licentiate degree, as an intermediate degree, is also possible. It consists of a licentiate thesis and other post-graduate studies 20 ECTS.) To the general doctoral studies of psychology one must include at least 2 ECTS communications skills (mandatory studies). The methods studies of doctoral degree must include mandatory research ethics (3 ECTS) and mandatory philosophy of science / theory of science (3 ECTS) studies.

Learning outcomes

To be awarded a doctorate, the student must complete the required postgraduate studies, demonstrate independent and critical thinking in the field of research, and write a doctoral dissertation and defend it in public (Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004). The aim of postgraduate education is that student (1) becomes well-versed in his/her own field of research and its social significance and gains knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific research methods independently and critically within his/her field of research; (2) becomes conversant with the development, basic problems and research methods of his/her own field of research; and (3) gains such knowledge of general theory of science and of other disciplines relating to his/her own field of research as enables him/her to follow developments in them.


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