Are the courses listed on the website the same offered every year, or just examples of what is offered now?

The courses listed in the IMPDET-LE website are examples of what is currently offered in the programme.

Are there bios on individual faculty members? On students? Links to current research projects?

The profiles of the main supervisors in the IMPDET-LE programme are available in the  IMPDET-LE Community section of the website.

The following websites include information about the research groups and staff members of UEF who are connected to the IMPDET-LE programme

A list of current IMPDET-LE students, as well as their supervisors, can be found at the Doctoral students pages.

What kind of course work will I have to take to earn a PhD?

The course work requirements depends on the requirements of the doctoral programmes:

A personal postgraduate study plan depicting the required course work is agreed together with the main supervisor at the beginning of the studies. The study plan can be modified during the studies.

More information about the current course offerings can be found from the Current studies section of the website.

When do courses begin and end?

The study year in UEF is divided into two semesters. The Fall semester starts in September and ends in December, while the Spring semester starts in January and ends in May. Usually, IMPDET-LE courses are available between the period of September-May. During the summer period (June-August), there might be Summer Schools or other individual courses available.

Is it necessary to spend time on campus at the University of Eastern Finland?

In most cases, it will not be absolutely necessary to spend time on campus. However,  we strongly recommend that IMPDET-LE students should spend some time on campus in order to meet other doctoral students, work intensively together with the supervisor(s), and take courses offered to doctoral students that are not available online, such as courses offered by the Doctoral School of UEF. The supervisors might also require that the student will spend some study periods on the campus.

The absolute minimum requirement is that the doctoral candidate arrives at the campus for the public examination of the doctoral dissertation at the end of the studies. However, during the COVID situation in 2020 also the public examinations have been held online.

Is there a list of the international network of supervisors or associated universities?

You can find this information in the IMPDET-LE Community section of our website.

The site mentions that the program is free. Who funds it? What are the chances that it might become a tuition-based program, particularly for international students?

There are no tuition fees in doctoral education in Finland, because education is subsidized by the State through the Ministry of Education and Culture. Currently, the practical organisation and coordination of the IMPDET-LE programme are funded by School of Computing, UEF.

If study fees for doctoral education are introduced in the future, they will not affect students who have already been admitted as a doctoral student at UEF.

There is no tuition charged for degree-seeking students, but what additional expenses should I budget for?

Additional expenses will include items like books, any costs related to your research (for example data collection, languge review of the disseration articles), travel costs to visit the campus and costs related to the public examination of the dissertation.

What percentage of students study at a distance? Do they take classes together with on-campus students? How do they interact?

Most of the IMPDET-LE students study at a distance. They take IMPDET-LE courses along with on-campus students. On-campus and off-campus students have a chance to interact during the course, as well as in the edTech research seminars and other IMPDET-LE events.

What should I do once I want to present and defend my dissertation?

You must follow the requirements and protocol established by the SCITECO and KASVA doctoral programmes. Please check:

  1. Graduation guidelines in the SCITECO doctoral programme
  2. Dissertation and graduaton guidelines in the Doctoral Programme in Educational Sciences


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