Degree programme

Doctoral Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering


Cross-disciplinary research at the interface of technology and medicine

The Doctoral Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering is multidisciplinary. Our students learn to work with experts from different fields and gain an understanding of cultural disciplinary differences. The doctoral programme attracts students who are looking to utilise technology in medicine. The programme is a part of the BioMediTech community (biomeditech.fi). The focus areas of the programme are biophysics, signal processing and imaging, biomaterials and tissue engineering, sensor technology and biomeasurements, health ICT and computational neuroscience. These are all rapidly evolving and growing fields of research and development in academia, industry and Finnish society. We maintain a strong international focus in our research, and 45% of our doctoral students and 29% of our professors come from abroad. We offer our doctoral students a diverse range of seminars and different examination options. Our students may have some lecture courses included in their previous MSc (Tech) degree counted towards their doctoral degree.

Degree earned

Filosofian tohtori
Doctor of Science (Tech)


Postgraduate degree

Planned duration

4 years




Hervanta Campus

Study objectives

The objective of doctoral education is that students:

  1. become well-versed in their own field of research and its societal significance;
  2. gain the knowledge and skills required to apply scientific research methods independently and critically and produce new scientific knowledge;
  3. become conversant with the developments, basic problems and research methods in their own field of research and related fields; and
  4. gain such knowledge of the general theory of science and of other disciplines related to their own field of research as to enable the students to follow developments in them;
  5. gain the necessary communication and language skills and other competencies to pursue challenging professional careers and international collaboration.
  6. have the knowledge of appropriate research methodologies and their practical application
  7. demonstrate a knowledge of health and safety procedures and their application in his/her research environment
  8. understand and apply the relevant guidelines for the ethical conduct of research involving people, human tissue and animals

Study contents

The doctoral programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering educates top experts who understand the multidisciplinary field of engineering and biosciences. The programme arranges high-quality doctoral education within the research fields of biomaterials, biomeasurements, biosensors and biorobotics, biomedical imaging, personal health techniqnologies, experimental and computational biosciences and cell technology and tissue engineering. The doctoral programme encourages for internationalization and it offers an interdisciplinary research environment. The programme facilitates the graduates with the ability to work either in expert tasks in industry or pursue an academic research career. 

The programme offers the possibility to complete the postgraduate degrees of Doctor of Science (Tech), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Licentiate of Science (Tech). The major of studies is Biomedical Sciences and Engineering.

Tuition fees

There are no tuition fees for doctoral programmes at TUNI. Thus TUNI does not have a scholarship system for international doctoral students. Doctoral studies can be financed in a variety of ways. Students are recommended to discuss their funding options with their supervisor before starting their doctoral studies.

The Faculty may have some salaried positions for doctoral students. These positions must be applied for separately and are announced on the TUNI Vacancies page.

Doctoral students are not eligible to the same student benefits as Bachelor and Master students. Thus living expenses, including lunches and travelling, are higher.

After the right to study has been granted, the Finnish Immigration Service expects all new students from non-EU/EEA countries to apply for a residence permit. At that stage, the students must be able to show to the Finnish Immigration Service that they have a minimum of c. 6 800 euros for the first year of studies or a scholarship to support themselves during the studies. Also a health insurance is needed.

Structure of studies

To complete the doctoral degree, students needs to:

  1. complete the required postgraduate studies (40 ECTS)
  2. demonstrate their ability for independent and critical thinking in their field of research and
  3.  prepare a doctoral dissertation and defend it in public

Research focus

The research fields of the Doctoral Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering are:

  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomeasurement, biosensors and biorobotics
  • Personal health technologies
  • Experimental and computational biosciences
  • Cell technology and tissue engineering

Carefully read through the admissions requirements before applying. For additional questions on applying, application documents and application process, please contact us at met.doc.tau@tuni.fi.



Doctoral Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
Continuous doctoral admission, spring 2019
January - June 2019

Eligibility criteria

General eligibility for scientific doctoral studies is stipulated in the University Act (2009/558, Paragraph 37). The university can admit to a doctoral programme an applicant who has completed

  • a relevant Master's degree awarded by a university,
  • a relevant Master's degree awarded by a university of applied sciences, or
  • a relevant applicable study programme abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for the corresponding level of higher education
  • whom the university otherwise deems to possess sufficient knowledge and skills for doctoral education in the field of studies in question.

Language skill requirements

International students applying for the doctoral programme must demonstrate their proficiency in the English language with an internationally recognised academic language test report. The acceptable tests and their minimum scores for the doctoral programmes are:

  • IELTS Academic (min. score 6.5)
  • TOEFL (min. score 92 in iBT and 580 in PBT)
  • PTE Academic (min. score 62)
  • Cambridge Language Certificate (Proficiency CPE or Advanced CAE) (min. score C)

A plain photocopy of the test score is enough regarding IELTS and Cambridge Language Certificate (Proficiency CPE or Advanced CAE) scores. For Cambridge Language Certificate (Proficiency CPE or Advanced CAE), please include your secret code. The PTE and TOEFL scores must arrive from the testing organisation. The TOEFL reporting number of the Tampere University of Technology is 0599. The new Tampere University does not have its own code during the current admission period, so please use the old code.

Exemption to the language requirements

The doctoral programme may consider exemptions from submitting a certificate of language proficiency if you have completed a degree taught in English at an institution of higher education located in the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or in an EU/EAA member state. You must have resided in the country while studying.

Admission procedure

Students accepted in the Doctoral Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering usually complete the degree of D. Sc. in Technology. In order to gain support for the doctoral study application, the candidate should have sufficient basic knowledge of the field of research specified in the application. In other cases special circumstances may be taken into account.The Doctoral Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering assesses all applicants based on the following criteria:

  • The research plan’s scientific quality, relevance and realism
  • Suitability of MSc degree and research topic for doctoral studies
  • Availability of qualified supervision
  • The applicant’s knowledge and skills, the sufficient grade of MSc thesis and the required language skills
  • Supporting statement by the supervisor

Furthermore, the availability of doctoral student supervision resources in the programme is taken into account when considering the granting of study rights.

How to apply

Application period

There are no specific application periods or starting times for the Doctoral Programme of Computing and Electrical Engineering. The doctoral programme processes applications regularly every month apart from July. Applications and eclosures are submitted through an electronic application system at studyinfo.fi. Please see more information at What is studyinfo?. A link to the application form is available during the application period.

Responsible supervisor and co-supervisor(s) or a follow-up group

Before submitting a doctoral study application, the candidate must contact the professor responsible for the preferred discipline. The research plan must be approved by the future supervisor. The professor responsible for the discipline in question discusses the study-related plans with the candidate and determines whether the candidate has sufficient, relevant basic knowledge of the field of research. If necessary, the professor can set certain additional prerequisites for doctoral studies. The degree completion schedule and financing of studies are also addressed at the application phase. The professor issues a statement form about the candidate's eligibility for doctoral studies and the research topic's suitability for the discipline, also addressing the sufficiency of supervisory resources. The programme supports that every doctoral student has the supervisor and at least one co-supervisor. In addition, each student in the doctoral programme sets up a thesis follow-up group which supports and monitors the student’s research progress.

By signing a student's research description form and issuing a supporting statement form regarding the application, the professor also assumes the task of supervising the doctoral degree.

Application form and required enclosures

All requested enclosures must be submitted with the application in the electronic application system “Studyinfo.fi”. The copies of the degree certificate, transcript of records and their translations into English must be authenticated by a public notary, the Finnish Embassy/Consulate or the institution that issued the original document with an institutional stamp on the documents. For some countries, there are country-specific document requirements that must be followed.

  1. Research plan supported by the supervisor
  2. Preliminary study plan supported by the supervisor
  3. Supporting statement by the supervisor
  4. Thesis follow-up group including a consent form for additional members 
  5. Certified copies of the bachelor’s and master’s degree certificates and the transcripts with official translations into English or Finnish (if the original documents are in a language other than Finnish or English) Educational documents from certain countries must be submitted in a particular way. Please read the country-specific requirements.
  6. A Diploma Supplement (DS) as approved by the EU Commission for degrees completed in European universities (when applicable)
  7. Statement of special reasons for aiming at the degree of Ph.D. or Lic. of Technology (when applicable)
  8. Official certificate of sufficient language skills in Finnish or English
  9. Passport copy (non-Finnish citizens)
  10. Other material complementing the application (when applicable)

Guidelines for the preliminary study plan

The studies of postgraduate degrees must total at least 40 credits, including the major subject (at least 25 credits), and general scientific studies (at least 5 credits). The course BMT-90006 Orientation to Doctoral Studies (3 credits) has to be included in the general scientific studies. Information about courses can be found in the course catalogue. Please note that all courses need to be suitable for post-graduate studies. This information is usually given in the course description in part "Additional information".

Admission results and appeals

The doctoral programme processes applications regularly every month apart from July. Applicants are notified of the decision by the end of the month. If the application or its enclosures are imcomplete, the processing of the application may be deferred to the following month. 

An applicant who is dissatisfied with the student selection may submit a written request for reconsideration to the Faculty Council. Such requests must be submitted within 14 days of the declared announcement date. The request, together with the reasons, shall be addressed to: Tampere University, Registry (Kirjaamo), 33014 Tampere University, Finland.

One study place per term provision

A person accepted at a Finnish university or a polytechnic may accept only one study place in a degree programme leading to a higher education degree during one academic term.

Confirmation of the right to enrol

To maintain your right to enrol in the doctoral programme, you must accept the study place electronically through the link in your email notification. If you cannot accept the study place electronically, you must fill in and deliver the confirmation form to Tampere University by email or by post.

The confirmation must reach Tampere University by the 15th of the following month at 15.00 pm local time, at the latest. If your confirmation has not arrived by the date indicated above, you will lose your right to enrol in the doctoral programme.


New doctoral students must enrol at the Student Affairs Office. More detailed instructions on enrollment are enclosed with the letter of acceptance. Before enrolling, a new doctoral student must present at the Faculty Office the original certificates and transcript for the degrees and studies he/she has referred to in his/her application and their authorised translations in English, if the originals are in another language. If the previous studies have been completed in Finnish university, Tampere University is able to confirm the degree electronically.

Doctoral students are required to re-enrol at the beginning of each academic year according to instructions given by the University. Only students enrolled as 'present' may pursue studies at the University.

Doctoral students who fail to enrol either as 'present' or 'absent' within the given deadline will lose their right to study and their right to use the computer services provided by the University. Should students later wish to continue their studies, they must make a written request to the Faculty requesting re-admission.