The doctoral degree reform and transferring to the new degree structures
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The new degree requirements for doctoral programmes became valid on August 1, 2017. The degree reform had a transition period of approx. three and a half years, giving students who had started before the start of the reform the opportunity to complete their degree following the old, major subject -specific degree requirements.
The three-year transition period of the degree reform has ended on December 18, 2020. If your degree was incomplete at that time, you have been automatically transferred to complete your degree following the new, doctoral programme -specific degree requirements. The university’s new rules on the expiry of studies now apply to all the studies you have completed.
The contents of this page are archived content which has been kept public to facilitate study counselling given after the end of the transition period.
The end of the transition period does not affect the following groups:
- Doctoral students who have completed all the studies required for the degree and defended their thesis publicly before the end of the transfer period. If you belong to this group, you have not been transferred to the new degree requirements.
- Doctoral students whose pre-examination was launched in the faculty council in January 2020 or earlier. If you belong to this group, you will not be transferred to the new degree requirements, even if your public defence will be held after the end of the transfer period.