Survey

General
  • id
  • username
  • 2009-06-15
  • Finland
  • Tampere University
  • Liisa Tiittula & Kaisa Koskinen
  • Professors
  • Yves Gambier
  • Our institution
Structure
  • Title: Doctor of Philosophy (a generic term for the humanities), content-wise we have specific TS degrees.
  • 4-5 years.
  • Yes, in principle (not common).
Admission
  • 5-6, MA (filosofian maisteri)
  • One normally needs to have majored in a TS subject at MA level, with a minimum thesis grade of cum laude approbatur
  • The professor makes the decision (official acceptance: dean), there is a lot of leeway in topics as long as they relate to TS
  • Individual enrollment, no set in-take nor deadlines.
  • Tuition is free. No automatic funding or scholarships, but various sources available for the student to apply from.
Programme
  • Each student can individually build an optimal degree for their purposes and interests. Research seminar is compulsory (6 ECTS); the degree consists of the thesis (180 credits) and other studies (60 credits)
  • Expected and offered, but there is no compulsory set of courses. Before and during.
  • A large part of research training is offered jointly in the national network Langnet (see: http://www.joensuu.fi/fld/langnet/english/). Participation in national and international conferences can be included in the degree credits.
  • Length varies, but is often around 250 pages (no set requirements). Format: monograph or collected articles (4–6), many languages permitted, no time-limit
  • Yes.
Supervision
  • PhD required, normally professors or adjunct professors (an honorary title in Finland). The first supervisor has to be from the same university, but there can be a second supervisor from elsewhere (or more). Langnet offers a pool of supervisors available for the students. The student and the supervisor both sign a contract, specifying roles and responsibilities.
  • Normally 1 or 2. Traditionally 1, using the second has become more popular recently.
  • Contract (see above); study plan & research plan required before admission. Reporting on the progress. In practice, different supervision styles are accepted. No formal control stops during the process.
Assessment
  • Two external evaluators assess the manuscript and, if they see fit, suggest accepting it for publication, official go-ahead granted by the faculty (the thesis is published before final defense, either electronically or in book-form, or both). A public viva, with one or two external evaluators (not necessarily the same ones), grade decided by a committee after the viva.
  • See above. If the thesis is a collection of articles, all articles have to be accepted for publication (mainly in refereed journals).
Other
  • Strengths: a lot of independence for the student, national cooperation in courses and supervision
    Weaknesses: getting funding is a bottleneck; the language industry has not really tapped on this resource (yet), but academic employability in TS has been fairly good, albeit not without career bumps during the early postdoctoral phase.
  • - Langnet: http://www.joensuu.fi/fld/langnet/english/
    - Tampere University: http://www.uta.fi/tiedekunnat/hum/jatko-opinnot.html (in Finnish)
    - Doctoral dissertations in electronic format: http://acta.uta.fi/english/index.phtml