Components of the programme

The doctoral studies in are built upon three main pedagogical components: (1) supervision; (2) course work; (3) online research seminar.


The IMPDET-LE doctoral students have 1-3 supervisors, but also four supervisors is possible in some cases. One of the supervisors needs to be a professor, assistant professor, or a person holding equivalent qualification while being a staff member at 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-authoring a set of research articles related to students doctoral research work, as well as coaching the writing processs; and
  2. Mentoring students through an investigation of the student's own scientific research work that will result in a doctoral dissertation.


Course work

Beside of the dissertation, each doctoral student needs to complete individually agreed course work during the studies. The content and amount of course work is defined in the personal post graduate study plan. The study requirements for doctoral studies differ between the Faculty of Science and Forestry and the Philosophical Faculty:

The credits for the course work can be earned in several ways:

1. Courses from Computer Science, Education or related fields. The IMPDET-LE students can complete at least 2-3 online courses per study year, see the IMPDET-LE courses-page. In addition, there are several suitable courses available in campus. Also, students can choose elective courses outside of their respective departments, even some cases outside of UEF. 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 transferable skill studies are designed to help postgraduate students to develop their general research skills, like communication, information retrieval and research ethics etc. Most of the transferable skills studies are avaiable only in Campus. In some cases, the students are able to study transferable skills studies by completing openly availabe online course (for example, MOOCS).

See more information about transferable skills studies at UEF:

3. Independent course work. IMPDET-LE doctoral students are able to complete part of their course work by doing individually agreed scholarly tasks and learning activities, such as presenting a paper in a scientific conference, completing a project, creating online course materials, writing an essay, completing a literature review, etc. The content and scope of the independent study work need to be negotiated with the supervisors and/or IMPDET-LE co-ordinator.

Online research seminars

The edTech research group at the School of Computing organises approximately once per month online research seminars. The research seminars provide IMPDET-LE students an opportunity to present their work, and receive constructive and supportive feedback from senior researchers and peer students. The seminar presentations can be given and followed online via the Adobe Connect system, Skype or other online means.

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