Doctoral Programme in Administrative Sciences

Students complete a Doctor of Administrative Sciences, D.Sc. (Admin.), degree.

The studies are interdisciplinary and the aim is to train doctoral-level experts and independent researchers to positions especially in the public sector, but also in the private sector and for other actors of society.

The main subjects are: regional studies, public management, public law, social and health management, and communication studies.

The focus areas of the subjects are

  • regional development and economy
  • study of public management and ethics: ethical management and identification of problems, good management and leadership
  • changing governance and basic rights
  • study of social and health services and systems: citizen participation, governance and management of complex problems

The studies consist of several elements, such as in-depth education in the theoretical background of the research field, research methods, ethics, and methodology of research work. An additional aim is to include courses that prepare students for working life. Also, the intention is to utilize the most recent scientific knowledge. The doctoral programme is nationally and internationally networked. The researchers organize seminars, and actively participate in international seminars and contemporary public discussion.

Research Groups

The leader of the programme is Professor Seija Virkkala.