Doctoral Programme in History


The aim of the Doctoral Programme in History is to produce researchers who are qualified to analyse social and cultural phenomena in a historical context. In particular, this means understanding historical change – in other words, comparing historical phenomena in terms of time, location and concepts. Critical historical knowledge is a key to understanding the contemporary world and the world of the future. A doctoral degree in history gives the graduate the skills to work as a researcher and in various duties in administration, education and the civic society, where most of the University’s graduates are employed.

The research subjects of history students are broad and manifold, but they tend to concentrate in the strong fields of the discipline: the history of modernization and the civic society, international interaction, and the history of everyday life in Finland and early Europe. The doctoral programme has a unique profile focused on social history and emphasizing temporal and regional comparison, as well as stressing methodological and theoretical knowledge.

The professor in charge of the doctoral programme is Professor Marjaana Niemi (

Published doctoral dissertations at the Faculty:

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Further Information

If you are interested in applying for the Doctoral Programme in History, you can find our admission requirements on our Admissions pages.

Curricula Guide

Study Guide

Faculty-specific Forms and General regulations regarding degrees


Postal address:
Faculty of Social Sciences
33014 University of Tampere, Finland

Visiting address of the Faculty Office:
Kalevantie 5, Tampere
Linna Building
room: LINNA, 6th floor, 6055
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