Doctoral Programme in Languages and Communication

University of Vaasa

Program Description
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Doctoral Programme in Languages and Communication

University of Vaasa

Students of the Doctoral Programme in Languages and Communication complete a Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, degree. The aim of the program is to train scientific experts in languages and communication with national and international connections.

The research fields of the programme are applied linguistics, communication studies, and culture and literature studies. Applied linguistics is especially focused on professional languages and communication, language acquisition and immersion, and translation studies. The programme is connected to the following research teams: Bilingualism and Communication in Organizations (BiLingCo), Knowledge and Action in Specialized Communication (KASC), Language Acquisition, Language Teaching and Language Contact in Multilingual Contexts (ReACT), and Intercultural Phenomena in Time (IPIT).

The studies of the programme consist of courses on research work and skills, and courses that prepare for working life. These include courses on research theory, methods, ethics and in-depth examination of current scientific research and discussion. The courses on working life consist of training for work in the academic, public and private sectors.

The programme is in cooperation with the national doctoral programme in language studies (Langnet) and the Graduate School of Communication Studies. The programme members organize national seminars and courses in collaboration with the said schools. Additionally, the programme utilizes the extensive international network of its research groups.

The leader of the Doctoral Programme is Professor Esa Lehtinen.

The Graduate School of the University of Vaasa is looking for motivated, talented and research-oriented students to its doctoral programmes.

There are two application periods for doctoral studies at the university annually. The application deadlines are 30 April and 15 November each year. The students apply for admission to the doctoral programmes, and the primary study right is given for a doctorate degree. A doctorate degree consists of doctoral studies and research work. The main emphasis in the degree is put on the research work. The estimated duration of a doctorate degree is 4 years with full-time studies.

A supervisor or supervisors are appointed to each and every doctoral student, and students agree on the main principles of the supervision with their supervisors. The Graduate School of the University of Vaasa follows students’ progress in their studies and research work regularly.

There are no tuition fees or other mandatory fees for doctoral students. Doctoral students may become members of the Student Union by paying the Student Union fee which entitles them to use the services of the student union. Please note, however, that doctoral students are not entitled to other student benefits of the Student Union, e.g. student health care, subsidised meals or discounts on travelling fares.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 1, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
4 years
Full time
Apr. 28, 2017
Start date Aug. 2017
Finland Vaasa
Application deadline Apr. 28, 2017
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Duration 4 years
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