Doctoral programme of Social Sciences

About the Programme

The Doctoral Programme of Social Sciences produces Doctors of Administrative Sciences and Doctors of Philosophy in Communication Studies for demanding research, expert, education, development and foreperson roles, especially in public sector but also in the private sector and for other actors of society. In the interdisciplinary education the profound understanding of social phenomena, critical thinking and ethically lasting research frames and socially affecting study are emphasised.

Students of the Doctoral Programme of Social Sciences complete a Doctor of Administrative Sciences, D.Sc. (Admin.), degree or Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, in communication studies. The programme is interdisciplinary and its aim is to train high-level experts and independent researchers to positions, especially in the public sector, but also in the private sector and for other actors of society. The main subjects are: regional studies, public management, public law, social and health management, and communication studies.

The focus areas of the subjects are

  • Public administration and public management in complex environment
  • Sociocultural phenomena of media and communication

The postgraduate studies consist of the following sections: general scientific studies (philosophy of science, research ethics, etc.), method studies, studies related to the field of study and, academic and other working life skills. The doctoral programme is nationally and internationally networked. The researchers organize seminars, and actively participate in international seminars and contemporary public discussion.

The doctoral programme is headed by Professor Harri Jalonen.

Research Groups

Disciplines:

Students complete a Doctor of Administrative Sciences, D.Sc. (Admin.), degree.

The main subjects are: regional studies, public management, public law, social and health management. The focus areas of the subjects are:

  • regional development and economy
  • study of public management and ethics: ethical management and identification of problems, good management and leadership
  • changing governance and basic rights
  • study of social and health services and systems: citizen participation, governance and management of complex problems

Completing the degree of Doctor of Administrative Sciences requires taking graduate studies (40 ECTS) which support research work and development of the expertise and the doctoral dissertation (200 ECTS). The doctoral degree can be taken in four years when studying on a full-time basis and the total scope of the degree is 240 ECTS.

Curriculums

The new qualification structure and curricula changed 1.8.2020. The scope of the doctoral thesis is 200 ECTS and the scope of the postgraduate studies 40 ECTS.

The graduate studies in Administrative Sciences (40 ECTS) 1.8.2020-

  • General Scientific Studies 10 ECTS
  • Method Studies 10 ECTS
  • Studies in the Research Field 15 ECTS
  • Studies supporting research work and researcher´s career 15 ECTS

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.

The graduate studies in Administrative Sciences (60 ECTS) 1.1.2014–31.7.2020:

The doctoral students who have started their studies before 1.8.2020, can follow earlier curricula or decide to take doctoral studies according to new demands by agreeing with their supervisor.

  • Philosophy of Science 5–10 ECTS
  • Research Ethics 5–10 ECTS
  • Methodology 10–15 ECTS
  • Postgraduate seminars 5–10 ECTS
  • Other studies related to the field of study 10–15 ECTS
  • Academic and working life skills 5–10 ECTS

Doctoral dissertation 180 ECTS.

Contact information

Marja Vettenranta
Supervisory Education Coordinator, Administrative Sciences

University Services, Education Services

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8175
  • Fabriikki F310
Juuli Honko
Specialist

University Services, Education Services

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8133
  • Fabriikki F422
Harri Jalonen
Professor

School of Management, Social and Health Management

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8596
  • Fabriikki F320

Students of the communication studies complete a Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, degree. The aim  is to train scientific experts in communication with national and international connections.

We explore communication in its many forms and contexts and focus especially on professional communication and digital media. We believe in the decisive role of language in the communication. The research topics include online discussions and chats, blogging, video games, media discourse, language politics in organizational settings, communication in organizations, concept analysis methods, and user-oriented technical communication, etc.

Structure of the doctoral degree

The doctoral degree consists of the doctoral dissertation and research work and studies which support the development of the expertise.

Degree structure (240 ECTS) 1.8.2020-

  • Doctoral Dissertation 200 ECTS
  • Doctoral Studies 40 ECTS:
    • General Scientific Studies 10 ECTS
    • Method Studies 10 ECTS
    • Studies in the Research Field 15 ECTS
    • Studies supporting research work and researcher´s career 5 ECTS

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.

The doctoral degree can be taken in four years when studying on a full-time basis. The completing of doctoral studies requires initiative and considerable amounts of independent working. The studies development scientific thinking and ability for the independent research work.

Contact information

Eija Heinonen-Özdemir
Supervisory Education Coordinator, Humanities

University Services, Education Services

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi (normalise scandinavian characters)
  • +358 29 449 8149
  • Fabriikki F476
Juuli Honko
Specialist

University Services, Education Services

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8133
  • Fabriikki F422
Tanja Sihvonen
Professor

School of Marketing and Communication, Communication Studies

  • firstname.lastname@univaasa.fi
  • +358 29 449 8269
  • Fabriikki F232

Forms for doctoral students