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 dissertation and other study plans with a professor or an adjunct professor in the field. Doctoral students need a responsible supervisor who oversees their progress towards their degree as well as a co-supervisor, or a follow-up group.

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

Doctoral programmes and application periods

The application period for some of our doctoral programmes is continuous and for others there are one or 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.

More detailed instructions on how to apply

Continuous application

Programmes which have continuous application process applications once a month apart from July. In autumn 2019, applicants can submit their applications between 1 August - 29 November. The results are announced on the last workday of the month except in December when the results are announced on 20 December.

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

The next application period is on 1 - 31 October 2019. The application period ends at 15.00 p.m. (Finnish time). Exception to this is the Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management whose application period ends on 15 October. The results are announced at the latest on 16 December.

Application period once a year

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

Structure and duration of studies

In addition to the doctoral dissertation, 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 Dissertation

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


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: