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Sibelius Academy Guide for Doctoral Studies in Music: Degree Objectives and Structure

Degree Objectives

The general objective of doctoral education at the Sibelius Academy is to produce experts in music who are able to work creatively and critically in demanding tasks in the fields of art, research, development, and education. Doctoral graduates of the Sibelius Academy contribute to society on behalf of an ethically sustainable future.

The special objectives of the Arts Study Programme are to provide the student with

  1. the capacity for excellent and insightful artistic expression
  2. the capacity for conceptual clarity in producing information
  3. the capacity for generating new information through artistic and research methods and theories
  4. the capacity to engage in constructive interaction in the arts community, in the academic community and in society at large

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

1.  an ability for high-quality knowledge production,
2.  an ability to engage in interaction with academic communities and beyond them,
3.  an ability to integrate into the activities of the international research community, and
4.  an ability to enhance the status of scholarly research.

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

1.  scholarly/methodological/pedagogical/artistic/technical skills of a high standard,
2.  the ability to develop new methods, skills, materials, and tools of a high standard,
3.  the ability to collect, critically assess, produce, and apply knowledge,
4.  the ability to work in cooperation with domestic and international parties in his/her field and also beyond, and
5.  the ability to communicate the results of his/her work to diverse audiences.

Degree structure

  • Thesis and demonstration of proficiency 165 ECTS credits / 75 ECTS credits in a Licentiate Degree
    • The demonstration of proficiency to be completed in the Arts Study Programme must be a thematically consistent, research-oriented project consisting of artistic components, a written component (thesis) and a summary.
    • Licentiate Degree in the Arts Study Programme: at least 1-2 artistic components and a thesis.
    • Degree in the Research Study Programme: A scholarly dissertation
    • Degree in the Applied Study Programme (artistic or scholarly orientation): demonstrations of proficiency comprising a thesis and a report of the development target (e.g. a concert, recordings, compositions, sheet music editions, teaching demonstrations, learning materials, equipment, computer programmes, and an artistic thesis/ (scholarly) dissertation and a report of the development target)

Supplementary studies, at least 75 ECTS credits Supplementary studies must cover the following areas of competence:

  • Competence in the field of art
  • Principles and methods of research
  • Research communication
  • Working life skills

The structure of the Sibelius Academy doctoral curriculum

Entering Credits in the Study Record

The teacher in charge of each study unit is responsible for transfering the credits to the study record. You can see your credits and enrol in courses via Student´s Peppi.

ECTS credits are no longer assigned separately for the individual parts of a demonstration of proficiency, i.e. the artistic demonstrations and the artistic thesis. They are therefore entered into the record as they are completed, but no ECTS credits are entered for them.

The ECTS credits of supplementary studies are entered according to previous practice.

The thesis (“written work” in the old system) is approved in the public examination event.

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