General introduction

IMPDET-LE doctoral studies are run by the edTech research group at School of Computing, University of Eastern Finland. The IMPDET-LE doctoral students can complete their studies either at the Faculty of Science and Forestry (major subject: Computer Science) or Faculty of Philosophy (major subject: Adult Education, Educational Sciences or Special Education). The major subject of the IMPDET-LE student is usually determined based on the student's previous studies, i.e. the major subject (discipline) of the master's degree. When a doctoral student applies to Faculty of Science and Forestry, he or she will become a student in the The Doctoral Programme in Science, Technology and Computing (SCITECO). When a doctoral student applies to the Faculty of Philosophy, he or she will become a student in the Doctoral Programme in Educational Studies (KASVA).

Completing the doctoral studies in IMPDET-LE entails (a) completing postgraduate course work, and (b) writing a doctoral dissertation that meets rigorous academic standards. Finishing a PhD degree in IMPDET-LE takes in average 6-7 years, after the Master’s level, depending on the academic skills and background of the doctoal candidate and the availability of funding to support full-time studying. The study programme follows a blended learning approach, which means that the studies include both face-to-face and online components.

During the doctoral study process, a doctoral candidate is expected to publish scientific articles related to his/her research topic in international series using a peer-reviewing process. The articles are often written collaboratively with supervisor(s), fellow students and other collaborators. In most of the cases, published and submitted articles, as well as manuscript of the articles will form the basis for the doctoral dissertation (article-based dissertation or collection of articles), which will be defended in public in the end of the studies. It is also possible to write the dissertation as a monograph. Please see examples of IMPDET-LE students' doctoral dissertations from the Alumni -pages.

Since IMPDET-LE students study either at the Faculty of Science and Forestry or at the Philosophical Faculty there are also differences regarding the requirements for dissertations.

The specific requirements for a doctoral dissertation in the Faculty of Science and Forestry are:

"A doctoral dissertation can be described as a scientific presentation based on independent research that promotes knowledge in the discipline in question (monography). A dissertation may also be composed of several scientific publications or manuscripts concerning the same research problem that have been accepted for publication or are intended to be published, and a conclusion based on these (article-based dissertation). The university determines the sufficiency of the articles in the case of an article-based dissertation.

In the Faculty, an article-based dissertation is typically composed of 3 to 5 peer-reviewed scientific articles of which at least two or 50 % have been published or accepted for publication in international series using the peer-reviewing process.

In the doctoral dissertation, the doctoral candidate must write a clarification on her/his part in joint publications."

The specific requirements for a doctoral dissertation in the Faculty of Philosophy are:

"An eligible doctoral dissertation may be a monograph or a collection of research articles. A  collection of research articles consists of scientific publications or manuscripts, outlined in an  independent summary, which examine the same set of problems. The number of articles required is determined by the Philosophical Faculty. A doctoral dissertation in the form of a  collection of research articles contains at least three peer reviewed articles of which two must have been published and one must have been approved for publication. An article published  in advance by a publication series as an online article is considered to be published. If the publications include collaborative works, the doctoral candidate must attest to his/her independent contribution either in the summary or in a separate appendix. The doctoral candidate must be the main author of at least three articles. A collaborative publication may be included in no more than two person’s licentiate theses or doctoral dissertations."