Doctoral Studies

Sosnet universities have collaborated in doctoral studies since 1995, when the National Post-Graduate School for Social Work and Social Services was established.

If you are interested of doctoral studies in social work in Finland, please read more: general instructions, postgraduate studies, doctoral degree.


Sosnet doctoral collaboration has been renewed during 2021. 

From the academic year 2021-2022, Sosnet will offer 1-2 online courses and 1-2 seminars each year that are open to all doctoral students in social work in Finland. 

Forthcoming seminars and courses will be informed on this page. 


  • the Nordic-Baltic Doctoral Network in Social Work (NBSW), Summer School 21-25 Aug 2023, Vilnius, Read more. 
  • Get-together for Doctoral Researchers of the Sosnet Universities 2nd October 2023, read more (pdf).
  • Teams Coffee Break for Doctoral Students 14.9. 2pm-3pm Join us to discuss and network with other doctoral researchers.
  • Webinar of Sosnet and the Finnish Society of Social Work Research  30.11.2023 12pm–4pm (tentative) Registration and more info in September 2023. 
  • Teams Coffee Break for Doctoral Students 18.1.2024 2pm–3pm. Join us to discuss and network with other doctoral researchers
  • The Finnish Social Work Research Conference, pre-conference for Social Work Doctoral Students 14.2.2024 12pm–6pm. Theme: political and societal issues on research Registration and more info

Other activities

Sosnet has a facebook group for doctoral students in social work within the Sosnet universities. Aims of the group are to provide information on doctoral studies in social work, to act as a discussion group for doctoral students and to provide low threshold support and assistance in issues related to doctoral studies.