Record number of applicants to the doctoral programme

The doctoral programme at the University of Vaasa attracted a record number of applicants. In the spring call, 161 applicants were interested in the doctoral programme and the number of applications increased by 27 % from the previous round.

The University of Vaasa Graduate School has steadily grown in popularity and its international profile is strengthened with most of the applicants being international. The largest number of applicants come from Iran, Finland, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh and India.

Rector Minna Martikainen is delighted by the growing popularity of the doctoral education.

– Our university is constantly developing its graduate school, and this is reflected in the number of applicants. The content and structure of the doctoral programme has been reformed. Our aim is to provide high-quality, multidisciplinary and international doctoral education.

The high employment rate of graduates also contributes to the popularity of the programme.

– Surveys in recent years have shown that our doctoral graduates are very well employed, not only in academia, but also in companies or the public sector in various managerial and development positions.

The university took an interesting initiative and opened salaried positions for doctoral researchers during the application process. New applicants for the doctoral programme were also able to apply for these positions.

– This is a good opportunity to get funding for your doctoral research and at the same time get a job at the university.

The doctoral programme at the University of Vaasa was reformed last year. The new programme has three different disciplines and 22 research areas. Applicants apply to one joint doctoral programme, but the field of research is chosen according to their own discipline. The University of Vaasa produces doctors in business studies, technical sciences, administrative sciences and communication studies.

Selections for the spring call will be published in early June. Applications for the doctoral programme are accepted twice a year, in spring and autumn. The next call for 2023 will be in the autumn from 15 August to 15 September.

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