What does a PhD degree comprise?

A PhD degree comprises four years of full-time study; however, after two years students can graduate with a licentiate degree.

A principal supervisor and at least one deputy supervisor are appointed for each PhD student or licentiate student. The programme of studies is planned and executed in close consultation with the supervisors. You will spend most of your period of full-time studies working on your research project, which you will later account for in the doctoral or licentiate thesis. There are also a number of courses included in the programme, according to the subject-specific plan for each third-cycle subject.

When you are admitted as a PhD student, an individual study plan will be prepared for you. The individual study plan will among other things specify how the entire period of study will be funded, as well as any sources of funding and the plans for the PhD studentship. 

If you have any queries about PhD studies, you should first contact the director of studies for third-cycle programmes at the relevant department.

The PhD studentship’s conditions of employment depend on what funding you have.