Doctoral Programme in Law

Learning outcomes

According to the Government Decree on University Degrees (1039/2013) Section 21, the objective of postgraduate studies is that the student

1) becomes well-versed in his/her own field of research and its social significance
2) gains knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific research methods independently and critically and to produce new scientific knowledge within his/her field of research;
3) becomes conversant with the development, basic problems and research methods of his/her own field of research;
4) gains such knowledge of the 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;
5) gains sufficient communication and language skills and other necessary skills in order to work in extensive and demanding expert and development roles and in international
collaborative settings.

A postgraduate degree provides an additional qualification for several different legal expert positions. These include, in addition to the traditional academic teaching and research positions, for instance, jobs in national and international legislative drafting, judge and prosecutor posts as well as specialist jobs in public administration, economic life and legal aid.

Content

The extent of doctoral programme at the Faculty of Law is 240 credits (ECTS). The studies
consist of six units:
1. Dissertation (200 credits)
2. Orientation period (2 credits)
3. Active participation in the dissertation seminar (25 credits)
4. Methods module (5 credits),
5. Optional studies (8 credits) and
6. Monitoring the work progress (0 credits).

Prerequisites

The Dean may grant the right to anyone who has earned a Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Master of International and Comparative Law or Licentiate of Laws degree in Finland or a Master of Social Sciences degree at the University of Turku if the applicant is otherwise considered suitable to pursue a doctoral degree. The Dean will appoint a person who has previously consented to supervise the applicant as the supervisor.

An applicant with a foreign law degree comparable to a Bachelor of Laws or Master of Laws degree or some other Master’s degree completed either in Finland or abroad is required, in addition to the requirements mentioned above, to prove that their degree gives them the capability to participate in postgraduate studies in Law and that their language skills are sufficient for participating in the postgraduate studies. If the applicant’s degree does not correspond to a Bachelor of Laws or a Master of Laws degree, the right to participate in postgraduate studies is granted only for a cogent reason.

Further information

The general regulations of the Doctoral Programme in Law are available in the intranet site of the Faculty: https://intranet.utu.fi/en/units/law/research/doctoralstudents/Pages/home.aspx


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Doctoral Programme in Law

OTT12050 Orientation Course, 2 ECTS
Other studies 8–10 ECTS
Minimum of 8-10 credits
OTT12060 Saksaa tutkijoille, 2 op
OTT12061 Discourse Analysis for Lawyers, 3–5 ECTS
OTT1000 Writing group, 2 ECTS
Faculty of Law
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MDP in Law and Information Society
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Turku Law School