Dissertation and Graduation


In a doctoral dissertation, the student demonstrates that he/she is well-versed in his/her own field of research and its social significance and has gained knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific research methods independently and critically and to produce new scientific knowledge within his/her field of research.

The dissertation shall contain new scientific knowledge in the field it represents. In the field of art and design the dissertation may also contain knowledge and skills for conceiving methods of artistic creation or creating products, objects or works which fulfil high artistic demands. The dissertation shall clearly set forth the new findings. The candidate's own contribution to the research or to the artistic production must be sufficient and clearly stated and the research methods must be adequate.

The conduct of research must conform to good scientific practice and ethical principles of research.


An approved doctoral dissertation may be a single study (a monograph), which has not been displayed in a published form in full before. A monograph forms a coherent entity and is the result of a researcher’s independent work. It may contain references to other publications made by the author dealing with the same problems.

 Article dissertation

As a doctoral dissertation may also be approved a number of scientific publications or manuscripts vetted for publication deemed sufficient by the School which deal with the same set of problems and a paper summarising the findings. The summary must include a report on the research topic, present the targets, methods and most important findings of the research, as well as a list of separate publications mentioned above. The publications may include co-authored publications if the author's independent contribution to them can be demonstrated. If the contribution of the doctoral candidate is not evident from the publication, an explanation shall be provided in the summary.

 Dissertation including art productions (in the field of art and design)

In the field of art and design, a dissertation can also include an art production, a series of art productions meaningfully connected to each other, or a product development project. A written thesis forming a part of the dissertation has to be in a dialogic and analytic relation to the art productions or product development project, and the doctoral candidate has to present in it the targets, methods and findings of the production, series of productions or product development project. Dissertation can include artistic parts, which can be joint productions or projects, provided that the independent contribution of the doctoral candidate can be clearly indicated. The art productions may only be new works. The written thesis must be suitable for publication.

 The language of the dissertation
The dissertation may be published in Finnish, Swedish or English or, with the consent of the Doctoral Programme Committee, in some other language. The language of the manuscript submitted for pre-examination must be the same as the language of the published dissertation. The Doctoral Programme Committee may ask for a separate statement on the quality of language use in the manuscript and demand a language check.






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