Admission to doctoral studies

The application process takes place through the University’s doctoral programmes. Before applying to a doctoral programme, the applicant should discuss the possible topic of the thesis and other study plans with a professor or an adjunct professor in the field. Doctoral students need a supervisor who oversees their progress towards their degree.

More information on applying to a doctoral programme is available in the admission requirements of the programme as well as from the teachers who are responsible for doctoral education at the Faculty of the programme.

General eligibility for doctoral studies

General eligibility for scientific doctoral studies is stipulated by the Universities Act (2009/558, Section 37). A Faculty may 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 judges otherwise to have sufficient knowledge and skills for doctoral education in the field of studies in question.

Doctoral programmes and application periods

The application period for some of our doctoral programmes is continuous and for others there are two application periods annually. The application period for the International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology and Public Health is every other year from November to January.

Continuous application

Application period twice a year (application periods in April and October)

The next application period is on 1 - 31 October 2018. The application period ends at 15.00 (Finnish time). Exceptions to this are the Doctoral Programme in the Built Environment and the Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management whose application period ends on 15 October.


Application period every other year (application period from November to January)

Structure and duration of studies

In addition to the doctoral thesis, the requirements for a doctoral degree include 30-60 ECTS credits of other studies the amount of which depends on your doctoral programme. The structure of the other studies is available in the curriculum of your doctoral programme.

For full-time doctoral students, the target time of completing the doctoral degree is four years. Part-time students may take longer to complete their degree.

Doctoral thesis

To earn a doctoral degree, students must complete a thesis and defend it in a public examination. Students prepare a thesis to demonstrate their ability to produce original scientific knowledge in the field of their research. Writing the thesis requires that the student is capable of conducting independent scientific research.

Funding

Doctoral studies can be financed in a variety of ways. However, admittance to a doctoral programme does not guarantee funding. Students are recommended to contact their supervisor before starting their doctoral studies to discuss their funding options. Funding options for doctoral studies are at least the following: