The studies of each doctoral student are planned at the very beginning of the studies together with the supervisor so that they support the research work to be done and the student's competence needs. Study plan needs to be updated regularly.
Courses offered at the Graduate School
The graduate school organizes general and introductory courses common to all doctoral students. Students can choose the courses best fitting for them together with their supervisors. The language of the courses is either Finnish or English. You will find all the course information and timetables for courses in the Study Guide.
Registration for Graduate School courses is done via WebOodi. To use WebOodi you need university user account and password. New doctoral students registered as attending for the current academic year can activate user accout as instructed by IT-Service. In case of any problems contact HelpDesk at helpdesk(at)uva.fi or 029 449 8051.
University of Vaasa is a member in many national as well as and international graduate schools and networks. These national graduate schools and networks also provide courses for doctoral students. Ask your supervisor for more information.
Registration for courses in the autumn opens up in usually at the end of August, and courses in spring term usually in the beginning of January.
Graduate School's Curriculumn 2020-22
TOFO4056 Introduction to Doctoral Studies and Personal Study Plan (PSP)
TOFO4011 Research Ethics 3 ECTS
TOFO4057 Philosophy of Science and Critical Thinking 3 ECTS
TOFO4049 Open science (online course) 1 ECTS
TOFO4026 Managing doctoral research 3 ECTS
TOFO4040 Researcher’s skills 1 ECTS
TOFO4050 Writing Scientific Articles 2 ECTS
TOFO4020 Writing Better Academic English 3 ECTS
TOFO4054 Academic writing in social sciences 5 ECTS
TITE4030 Information systems theories 5 ECTS
TOFO4059 How to conduct and write a systematic literature review 3 ECTS
TOFO4035 Mixed methods and longitudinal research 3 ECTS
TOFO4061 Basics of structural equation modelling 3 ECTS
TOFO4058 Data analytics in Applied Research 5 ECTS
TOFO4032 Qualitative research methods 5 ECTS
STAT3140 Applied multivariate statistics 5 ECTS
TOFO4031 Graduate School Method seminar 1 ECTS
TOFO4055 Project Management for Doctoral Reserch 2 ECTS
TOFO4041 Social media for researchers 1 ECTS
TOFO4048 Business skills for doctoral students 5 ECTS
TOFO4053 Writing research grant proposal (online course) 1 ECTS
TOFO4060 Interactive leadership skills 1 ECTS
TOFO4038 Seminar of the Graduate School 1 ECTS
See the Study Guide for more details.
Studies in the research field
The aim of the studies in the research field is to deepen the doctoral student's understanding of the field of the dissertation. In the studies, the doctoral students becomes acquainted with the scientific theory and theoretical tradition of his or her research field. They will also become acquainted with the previous international and domestic research on the research field.
Studies in the research field can be doctoral courses or other study attainments agreed with the supervisor. As a general rule, courses need to be at postgraduate level, unless otherwise stated in the curriculum. In addition to the University of Vaasa, courses can be completed also at other Finnish or foreign universities, doctoral education networks and summer/winter schools.
Each doctoral student participates in a research seminar, which is organized either by research groups or by research fields (majors). In addition to the student's own research seminar, each doctoral student need to give presentation at least once at a national or international conference. Doctoral students need also become acquainted with dissertations in their own field of research and participate in dissertation events. See details in the Study Guide.
Studies in the research field may also include literature packages containing scientific books and articles from the student's research field. Students complete these, for example, in the form of traditional written exams, essays or research paper, or an oral examination. The studies may also include other study attainments agreed with the supervisor as indicated in the curriculum of the doctoral program. These can be, for example, conference attendance, journal article/conference paper not included in the dissertation, various scientific assignments, co-supervision of MSc theses. See more information in the Study Guide.
Doctoral education networks
Doctoral education networks offer universities a framework for educational collaboration. The networks organize joint seminars, courses, summer schools and events as well as promote networking and increase peer support among students. You will find information on studies, application periods and study contents from each networks homepage. Doctoral students shuld discuss the possibility of network studies with their supervisors.
The doctoral programmes of the University of Vaasa are networked with both domestically and internationally:
- The Finnish doctoral program in business studies (KATAJA)
- Finnish Doctoral Programme in Economics (FDPE)
- Nordic Finance Network (NFN) ja Nordic Accounting Research Network (NARN)
- EIASM (European Advanced Studies in Management)
- Doctoral Training Network in Electrical Energy Engineering (DTNEE)
- Finnish Doctoral Education Network in Stochastics and Statistics (FGSS)
- Graduate School of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (L&SMC)
- Doctoral training network in Electronics, Telecommunications and Automation (DELTA
Doctoral students of administrative sciences participates in the events of Finnish Association of Administrative Studies
Additional doctoral courses
The doctoral studies can also be completed at other universities with the agreement of the supervisor. Studies need to be on the doctoral level and support the research work. Studies are also offered by domestic and international doctoral education networks and summer schools. Academic units also provide some support for travel and course costs for studies elsewhere.