A doctoral degree consists of a doctoral dissertation and 40 credits of obligatory studies that support the research work. Compulsory studies are divided into discipline-specific studies (30 ects) and general competence studies (10 ects). Discipline-specific studies consist of studies supporting the development of research skills relevant to the field and can include studies for example from the following areas: research seminar, research ethics, internationalization, philosophy of science, methodological and theoretical studies, central research literature and other studies supporting the dissertation work. General competence studies consist of studies related to acquiring different kinds of skills to prepare for professional life, for example from the following areas: academic writing, science communication, university pedagogy, language studies, management and leadership, project management, scientific administration and popularizing research.
A more detailed description of the degree requirements can be found under Structure of degree.