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Archived Curricula Guide 2015–2017
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Doctoral Programme in Literary Studies

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course unit, the student will be able to conduct independent academic study. The student will have a deep understanding of literary studies as a field of research and the ability to follow the current academic discussions in their own field of study. They will have an extensive grasp on the theories, scientific approaches, research methods, and analytical conventions of literary studies and be able to adapt and develop this knowledge into new theories and methods in their area of specialty. The student will be able to partake in discussions on the societal and scientific impact of the research conducted in their field. The student will know the field of literary studies intimately in order to understand, follow and further new developments and act as an expert in their field in a variety of different and changing environments. The student will have a good command of scientific conventions, be familiar with the philosophy of science and its central questions, and be able to apply these in their research. They will be familiar with the central literary phenomena relevant to their research and be able to identify and source reliable information for the purposes of their research. The student will be able to partake in academic discussion independently, argue both critically and constructively, and convey researched information both orally and in writing. The student will understand the requirements of being a professional researcher and be capable of taking an active part in the international academic community.


The target time for completing a doctoral degree in the doctoral degree programme is 4 years / 240 ECTS (1 year / 1600 hours / 60 ECTS). These studies include 1) a dissertation (200 ECTS) and 2)
other research- and expertise-related studies. The student can also complete a licentiate degree as an intermediary degree, which includes a licentiate’s thesis (100 ECTS) and other studies (40 ECTS).


According to the Universities Act 558/2009 section 37, for a person to be eligible to attend studies leading to an academic or artistic postgraduate degree, they must either have completed an applicable higher university degree, have completed an applicable higher polytechnic degree, have an applicable education completed abroad which, in the country the studies have been completed in, makes one eligible for corresponding higher education, or is otherwise deemed to have sufficient knowledge and experience by the university.

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School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies