Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences


The aim of the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences is to offer education in research that provides diversified skills for working in demanding specialist and research duties. Postgraduate studies enhance general theoretical and methodological skills, train students to work in multidisciplinary research groups and develop their ethical and practical working life skills. A graduate of the doctoral programme knows the theories and the methods of his or her own discipline exceedingly well has a broad knowledge of social research and its issues, and can evaluate the significance of the various research approaches and methods.

The Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences includes the following disciplines:

  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Policy
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Gender Studies and
  • The research field of Peace and Conflict Studies.

The professor in charge of the doctoral programme is Professor Johanna Ruusuvuori (

Published doctoral dissertations at the Faculty:

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Further Information

If you are interested in applying for the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences, 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
email: socdoc(at)