Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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OTT12045 Dissertation Seminar / Presentation I 5 ECTS
Organised by
Law, Doctor of Law
Person in charge
Anne Kumpula, Mirkka Ruotsalainen

Learning outcomes

The dissertation seminar is a regularly-meeting postgraduate study seminar which aims to give the PhD students a chance to obtain diverse feedback on their dissertation texts and to train the student to evaluate scientific texts.

The dissertation seminar is the cornerstone of the Doctoral Programme in Law. It aims for one to ensure that doctoral candidates work systematically and productively, get sufficient supervision, support and diverse feeback of their disseration, and are trained to evaluate and discuss scientific texts.


During the first two years of her studies the doctoral candidate presents a text to be discussed in the dissertation seminar organised by the Faculty of Law. In addition the doctoral candidate acts as an opponent once a year and participates actively in the dissertation seminar two times a year during their postgraduate for four years.

Doctoral programme in Law organises three dissertation seminars during one academic year. In the dissertation seminars the doctoral candidates on their first and second year of doctoral studies have the chance to practise writing academic texts, obtain diverse feedback on their dissertation texts and to evaluate academic texts. Other doctoral candidates as well as researchers and teachers of the Faculty will participate in the seminars. Each seminar text is appointed an opponent among the doctoral candidates.

The seminar texts must be max. 20 pages long and be directly related to the student's doctoral dissertation. The doctoral student sends the text to the Research and Postgraduate Education Officer one week before the seminar at the latest. In addition to the text, the student should send a short description on how the text is positioned in the dissertation as a whole. Instructions on seminar proceedings are given separately.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Independent work

Teaching language

Finnish, English

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
  • In English
  • In Finnish



Recommended year of study

1. year autumn
1. year spring

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws
Master of Laws DP
MDP in Law and Information Society
Doctor of Laws
Turku Law School