The doctoral programme at the Sibelius Academy

The University of the Arts Helsinki's Sibelius Academy is Finland’s largest operational environment in the field of music. The Academy's high-quality artistic work and relevant research create opportunities for a wide range of doctorate projects in art, education, research and development.

Aims and career possibilities

Doctoral studies at the Sibelius Academy aim at experts capable of high-level creative and critical work that work in demanding art, research, development and educational tasks independently, and in collaboration with others in demanding art, research, development and educational positions. Doctors of Music also act as social influencers for an ethically sustainable future.

Doctoral studies provide capabilities for a wide variety of artistic careers, teaching, research, and development tasks, as well as for various sectors of social activity. Our doctoral alumni work, for example, in the following positions: research project leader, academy research fellow, researcher, artist, provincial artist, musician, conductor, coach/ collaborative pianist, singer, composer, professor, university lecturer, lecturer, teacher, rector and expert.

Art Study Programme

Art Study Programme

Persons responsible for the programme

  • Professor Mieko Kanno (Art Study Programme in Classical Music)
  • Professor Veli-Matti Puumala (Composition)
  • Professor Timo Kiiskinen (Church Music)
  • Professor Kristiina Ilmonen (Folk Music)
  • Professor Jukkis Uotila (Jazz)
  • Professor Andrew Bentley (Music Technology)

Programme description

The Art Study Programme at the Sibelius Academy offers an opportunity to deepen one’s own artistry and to develop a research-oriented approach in a high-level artist-researcher community. The main focus of the degree is a themed series of artistic productions that is supported by a dissertation that is related to a topic or reflects on artistic work. The main resource of the internationally well-connected University of the Arts Helsinki's Sibelius Academy is the diversity of music and art types and their interaction.

The objective

The objectives of the Art Study Programme are to provide the student with

  • the ability for/to achieve artistically high-level and visionary expression,
  • the ability for/to achieve conceptually clear data production, as well as
  • the ability for constructive interaction within the art community, the academic world, and the rest of the society.

Programme content

The doctoral studies in the Arts Study Programme focus on independent artistic work that is supplemented by studies that enhance the conceptual understanding of the field. The demonstration of proficiency combines artistic and research-oriented approaches.

The demonstration of proficiency in the Art Study Programme is a coherent whole with regards to/in terms of its theme and content. Its scope is

the Doctoral degree 165 ECTS credits, and it includes

  • instrumentalists degree, at least 5 concerts and a thesis
  • composition degree, at least 2-3 concerts of compositions and a thesis
  • liturgical music degree, at least 5 concerts, liturgies or similar performances and a thesis

75 ECTS credits are required for the Licentiate degree, and it includes

  • at least 2 concert programmes, liturgies or similar performances and a thesis or the compositions of 1-2 concerts for composers and a thesis

In addition, the Arts Study Programme includes artistic and research-oriented studies as well as other applicable/suitable university-level supporting studies of a minimum of 75 ECTS credits. These must include at least 15 ECTS credits of studies in the philosophy of arts and science, including ethics and at least 24 ECTS credits of artistic supporting studies.

The supporting studies worth 75 ECTS credits are agreed upon with the supervisor in such a manner that they include the following topics:

  • Working as an artist
  • In-depth musical education and necessary research skills
  • Key working life skills, such as communication and interaction skills, as well as self-knowledge and communality

Research Study Programme

Research Study Programme


Persons responsible for the degree programme

  • Professor Anne Kauppala (Music Performance)
  • Professor Lauri Suurpää (Music Theory and Analysis)
  • Professor Vesa Kurkela (Music History)
  • University Lecturer Peter Peitsalo (Church Music)
  • Professor Heidi Westerlund (Music Education)
  • Professor Tanja Johansson (Arts Management and Entrepreneurship)
  • Professor Andrew Bentley (Music Technology)
  • University Lecturer Päivi Järviö and University Lecturer Assi Karttunen (Early Music)
  • Professor Kristiina Ilmonen (Folk Music)
  • Professor Jukkis Uotila (Jazz)

Programme description

The Sibelius Academy's scientific doctoral studies combine practice and theory. The Sibelius Academy is the nation's largest research and operational environment, with the most diverse teaching and research staff related to music, in which the student operates as a part of. In his/her doctoral dissertation, the student produces internationally interesting and significant new information in his/her own field. As part of their studies, the students in the Research Study Programme participate in national and international networks.

The objective

The particular objectives of the Research Study Programme are to provide the student with

  • the ability to produce high-quality information
  • the ability to interact in academic communities and beyond
  • the ability to integrate into the international research community, as well as
  • the ability to strengthen the status of academic research

Programme content

The demonstration of proficiency of the Research Study Programme is a dissertation. It is a coherent presentation based on its own independent research with new scientific information in the field of research represented at the Sibelius Academy. In addition, the doctoral studies in the Research Study Programme include university-level studies on knowledge and skills that support the training of researchers.

The scope of the doctoral dissertation is 165 ECTS credits and it can be either a monograph or an article dissertation. The Licentiate degree’s demonstration of proficiency is a licentiate thesis worth 75 ECTS credits. It can also be a monograph or consist of articles.

The article dissertation / licentiate thesis consisting of articles must include a summary that states the objectives, problem, method and results of the research. In addition to the summary, it must include 3–7 (dissertation) or 2–5 (licentiate thesis) articles that have been published in a scientific publication series compliant with referees or that deal with the same problems and have been approved for publishing, and in which the author must be the primary author and the doctoral candidate’s independent part can be indicated. The number of articles depends on the nature of the research project and the amount of work required to produce the articles. The researcher must provide written evidence of his / her participation in joint publications when the research is submitted for preliminary examination.

In addition, the Research Study Programme includes research-oriented studies as well as other applicable university-level supporting studies of a minimum of 75 ECTS credits. These must include at least 15 ECTS credits of studies in the philosophy of arts and science including ethics.

The supporting studies worth 75 ECTS credits are agreed upon with the supervisor in such a manner that they include the following topics:

  • Studies on the topic of the student’s own work
  • General research studies in the field
  • Studies focusing on the researcher’s profession and readiness to enter the workforce

Applied Study Programme

Applied Study Programme

Persons responsible for the degree programme

  • University Lecturer Päivi Järviö
  • Professor Kari Kurkela
  • Vice Dean Tuire Kuusi
  • Professor Kristiina Ilmonen (Folk Music)
  • Professor Jukkis Uotila (Jazz)
  • Professor Andrew Bentley (Music Technology)

Programme description

The Applied Study Programme offers a unique opportunity to develop music-related practices and tools through research. The need for development is based on personal experience and interest, as well as the needs of the changing operational environments of music. Innovation and new ways of working are born as the result of the development work.

The objective

The particular objectives of the Applied Study Programme are to provide the student with

  • high-level academic/methodological/pedagogical/artistic/ technical skills,
  • the ability to develop new high-level methods, capabilities, materials and tools, 
  • the ability to collect, critically evaluate, produce and apply information,
  • the ability to cooperate with domestic and international partners in their field and also beyond, as well as
  • the ability to communicate the results of their work to different audiences.

The degree compatible with the Applied Study Programme can either be scientific or artistic.

Programme content

The core content of the degree is called the development target. The demonstration of proficiency is comprised of outputs connected to the development target in such a way that is appropriate for the nature of the development target.

The scope of the doctorate’s demonstration of proficiency in the Applied Study programme is 165 ECTS credits, in the Licentiate degree is 75 ECTS credits. The demonstration of proficiency includes

a) A development project, which results are

  • immaterial (views, knowledge and skills, know-how and capabilities) and
  • objective (concerts, recordings, mold materials, teaching materials, online materials, methods, programmes)

b)   A description of testing the results of the development project and the utilization of the obtained information

c)   A summary describing the phases of the development work

In addition, the Applied Study Programme includes research-oriented studies as well as other suitable university-level supporting studies of a minimum of 75 ECTS credits. These must include at least 15 ECTS credits of studies in the philosophy of arts and science, including ethics. The supporting studies in the Applied Study Programme can either be artistic or research-oriented.

The supporting studies worth 75 ECTS credits are agreed upon with the supervisor in such a manner that they include the following topics:

  • Studies related to the doctoral project
  • General studies on application and development work
  • Studies related to readiness to enter the workforce

Applying to the Sibelius Academy as a doctoral student

Applying to the Sibelius Academy as a doctoral student

At the Sibelius Academy, doctoral students work towards creative and analytical expertise in art, research, development, and education. In addition to gaining expertise in their fields, doctoral graduates from Sibelius Academy are committed to work for an ethically sustainable future. Doctoral study at Sibelius Academy is based on the interaction between art, research, and pedagogy. The goal of the doctoral students is to complete a doctor of music degree. Students admitted to the doctoral school can also complete a licentiate degree before the doctor of music degree. The following instructions apply primarily to the doctor of music degree. If the instructions for the licentiate of music degree differ from the instructions for a doctor of music degree, the differences will be described as necessary.

 

Study programmes, specialisations, and doctoral schools

Doctorates can be earned in three different study programmes: Arts, Research, or Applied Study.

The doctorates can be completed in classical music, church music, music theory, composition, folk music, jazz, music technology, arts management, or music education. Doctoral education takes place in two doctoral schools: DocMus and MuTri.

 

Structure of doctoral study

The minimum number of credits for the doctoral demonstration of proficiency is 165 ECTS credits. In addition, the degree includes a total of 75 ECTS credits’ worth of supportive studies, of which at least 15 ECTS credits must be earned in studies in ethics and in the philosophy of arts and science. The minimum number of credits for the licentiate demonstration of proficiency is 75 ECTS credits, and the licentiate degree includes a total of 75 ECTS credits’ worth of supportive studies.

 

In the Arts Study Programme, the focus is on independent artistic work, complemented by studies that enhance conceptual understanding of the field. The demonstration of proficiency combines artistic and research-oriented approaches. The demonstration of proficiency usually includes five artistic components (concerts and recordings or an equivalent combination) and a thesis.

 

In the Research Programme, the focus is on academic research and complementary studies in research skills. The demonstration of proficiency in the Research Programme is a traditional dissertation.

 

In the Applied Study Programme, the students develop specialised knowledge and skills through a music-related research and development project. The degree can be academic/scientific or artistic. The demonstration of proficiency includes various components, for example, new and proven methods, applications, programmes, materials, or theories.

 

Applications

The next application period to the Sibelius Academy’s doctoral schools starts on 2 January 2019 and ends on 31 January 2019, at 4.00 p.m. EET. Eligibility for doctoral studies requires that candidates have a master of music degree or equivalent. Eligibility may also be based on other prior studies, subject to the Academic Council's assessment of the candidate's prospects for successful study in the programme.

Sibelius Academy directions for doctoral degrees:

Applications to the doctoral schools must be directed to the Academic Council. Based on the application,

1. the student can be granted the right to study towards the doctor of music degree,

2. the student can be granted the opportunity to be admitted as a preparatory external student (at the doctoral school head’s discretion),

3. or the application can be rejected. 

An application form is available online at Studyinfo.fi. All appendices to the application must be submitted to Embark https://uniarts.embark.com/apply/uniartsdoctoral

>> Instructions how to use Embark.

 

Admission decisions and announcement of the results

A central criterion for acceptance is the applicant's prospects for successful doctoral study. After hearing from the expert panel and the doctoral school in question, the Academic Council assesses the candidate’s doctoral study plan based on the candidate’s application. If the council approves the application, it makes a proposal of admission to the dean. For external preparatory students, the doctoral school’s head makes the decision based on the assessment of an expert panel.

All applicants will be informed of the results by 15 June 2018. 

 

Appeal request

In accordance with the Finnish Universities Act 558/2009 section 82, a person who has applied for entry to a university may lodge a request in writing with the university for a rectification of the decision concerning admission within 14 days from the publication of the admission results. The appeal request must be submitted in writing to the University of the Arts Helsinki’s registry.

How to submit an appeal request and what to include

The request must be submitted to the registry within 14 days after the publication of the admission decision. Requests for appeals are sent at the sender’s own risk. If you submit the appeal request by email, write the name of the appropriate academy in the subject line. The name and contact details of the appellant and the statement, as well as the grounds for the request, must be included.

University of the Arts Helsinki Registry:

University of the Arts Helsinki Registry
P.O. Box 38 / Töölönlahdenkatu 16 C
FI-00097 University of the Arts Helsinki
kirjaamo@uniarts.fi

Further information:
DocMus/Sirpa Järvelä, sirpa.jarvela@uniarts.fi, +358 40 710 4286
MuTri/Hannu Tolvanen, hannu.tolvanen@uniarts.fi, +358 50 5680 584

 

Applying to Arts Study Programme

Applying to Research Study Programme

Applying to Applied Study Programme

Contact information

Tuire Kuusi
Professor, Sibelius Academy vice dean

tuire.kuusi@uniarts.fi, tel. +358407104337

 

Päivi Järviö
Head of DocMus doctoral school, University lecturer

paivi.jarvio@uniarts.fi, +358408609530

 

Vesa Kurkela
Professor, Head of MuTri doctoral school

vesa.kurkela@uniarts.fi, +358503877308
 

Sirpa Järvelä
Senior Advisor
sirpa.jarvela@uniarts.fi, +358407104286

 

Hannu Tolvanen
Senior Advisor
+358 50 568 0584, hannu.tolvanen@uniarts.fi