Doctoral Programme in Language Studies


The Doctoral Programme in Language Studies is offered for doctoral students majoring in the study of languages and translation. A doctoral student may earn his/her degree in one of the following disciplines:

  • English Philology
  • Finnish Language
  • German Language and Culture
  • Russian Language and Culture
  • Scandinavian Languages
  • Translation Studies (English, Swedish, German, or Russian)

The programme is an interdisciplinary postgraduate degree programme which combines the study of translation and interpreting with languages, literature and culture of certain language areas.  The programme’s objective is to train doctors who master their field, have a strong methodological competence and can conduct multi-perspective interdisciplinary research.

In addition to conducting basic linguistic research, i.e. studying situational variation and the structure of language, researchers examine the interaction of language and society, such as special languages and the linguistic challenges posed by globalised, multilingual and multicultural societies. There is a special emphasis on studying the intersections between language and culture, which includes the critical study of local and global cultural forms and sociocultural phenomena in a given language area. Key areas in translation studies include translation and interpreting as a profession and the sociology of translation.

Published doctoral dissertations:

Further Information

If you are interested in applying for the Doctoral Programme in Language Studies, you can find our admission requirements on our admissions pages.


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

Visiting address of the Faculty Office:
Åkerlundinkatu 5, Tampere
Linna Building, 2nd floor
room: VIRTA 248