Doctoral thesis

A doctoral thesis must provide new knowledge and in this way take research forward.
A doctoral thesis presents the results of research and at the same time provides evidence of a doctoral student's ability to formulate and solve disciplinary or academic problems, to be an independent researcher.

Your supervisor's qualifications are important

A supervisor should have both a comprehensive fund of knowledge and long experience of research training, and for this reason it is crucial to select a field of research in which the department in question has adequate supervisory capacity. If this capacity is not present, the student should consider choosing a more appropriate department.

Experimental and clinical disciplines

In experimental and clinical subjects, the individual doctoral student's own opportunities for choosing a subject are rather limited. Admission to a third-cycle programme in these faculties often entails being offered the chance of becoming the member of a research project that is already in progress, and being given an appropriately dimensioned research assignment. In these cases the student must be prepared to adapt the subject of the thesis to the projects being carried out at the department.  

An individual thesis

Doctoral students usually work on an individual thesis, which is the case four times out of five.

Two kinds of thesis

There are two different kinds of theses — monographs and compilations.
Last updated: 2011-12-12
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