Components of the programme


The IMPDET-LE program has three core pedagogical components: supervision, courses and learning activities, and online research seminar.


The doctoral students in the IMPDET-LE programme have usually 1-3 supervisors. One of the supervisors needs to be a faculty member (professor, assistant professor, or a person holding equivalent qualification) or docent in UEF. Supervisors outside of the University of Eastern Finland must be approved by the student’s respective Faculty. A team of supervisors are collectively responsible for:

  1. Assisting and monitoring the progress of the studies together with the IMPDET-LE co-ordinator;
  1. Co-writing a set of research articles related to students doctoral research work, as well as coaching the writign processs; and
  2. Mentoring students through an investigation of the student's own scientific research work that will result in a doctoral dissertation.

In addition, the IMPDET-LE co-ordinator supports and assists students in practical and technical aspects of the studies.

Courses and learning activities

Each doctoral student in the IMPDET-LE programm needs to complete course work based on an individual course work study plan (consisting of courses and individual learning activities). The content and amount of course work required from a doctoral student may vary on a number of factors:

  1. The student’s previous academic and professional experience;
  2. The student’s research interests; and
  3. The requirements of the Faculty to which the student is applying

The course credits can be earned in the following ways:

1. Courses from Computer Science, Education or related fields. The courses that are currently available to the IMPDET-LE students can be found from the IMPDET-LE courses-page.

In addition to the IMPDET-LE courses, students may also be required to take the mandatory courses of their respective departments or faculties. Also, students can usually choose elective courses outside of their respective departments. For instance, UniPID virtual studies might be relevant for some of the IMPDET-LE students, especially those who are dealing with developmental issues.

2. Transferable skills studies offered by the Graduate School of University of Eastern Finland. The courses will help postgraduate students to develop their transferable skills, like communication, information retrieval and research ethics etc.Most of the transferable skills studies are avaiable only in Campus.


3. Independent scholarly tasks and learning activities. Doctoral students can get course credits by completing individual scholarly tasks and learning activities, such as presenting a paper in a scientific conference, completing a project, creating online course materials, working as an assistant or course instructor in courses, writing an essay, completing a literature review etc. The type, amount and scope of independent study work need to be negotiated with the IMPDET-LE staff and/or the supervisor.

4. Participation to scientific events. The credits can also be collected by participating to the events that are organised or endorsed by IMPDET-LE. The amount of credits earner from these events needs to be negotiated with the supervisor or IMPDET-LE co-ordinator.

Online research seminars

The Technologies for Development and Education research area at the School of Computing organises approximately once per month online research seminars. The seminars provide IMPDET-LE students an opportunity to received constructive and supportive feedback from senior researchers and peer students. Online participation to the research seminars is possible via the Adobe Connect system, Skype or other online means..

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