Doctoral education in Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

The core of the doctoral degree is research. The degree also includes theoretical studies that support the doctoral student’s research. The target duration of doctoral studies is four years of full-time study.

Doctoral programmes organise courses and seminars. In addition, they are responsible for the supervision and guidance of doctoral students.

More information about theorethical studies, supervision, mon­it­or­ing doc­toral stu­dents' study pro­gress and applying for the reinstatement of the study right is on Instructions for students web site.

Postgraduate degrees offered by the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry include the following: Doctor of Science (Agriculture and Forestry), Licentiate of Science (Agriculture and Forestry), Doctor of Food Sciences, Licentiate of Food Sciences, and Doctor of Philosophy and Licentiate of Philosophy.

When approving an application for postgraduate studies, the Faculty will decide on the basis of the applicant’s previous studies and the topic of the planned doctoral dissertation to which degree the applicant’s studies will lead.

  • DSc (Agr.&For.): Applicant who have completed the degree of M.Sc. (Agriculture and Forestry) in University of Helsinki may be granted a study right for the degree of Doctor of Science (Agriculture and Forestry).
  • Doctor of Food Sciences: Applicant who have completed the degree of Master of Food Sciences in University of Helsinki or University of Eastern Finland may be granted a study right for the degree of Doctor of Food Sciences.
  • Applicant may also be granted a study right for the degrees of Doctor of Science (Agriculture and Forestry) or Doctor of Food Sciences, if the coordinating academic/responsible professor estimates that the background of the applicant's previous degree is sufficient. A minimum of 100 ETCS of the field-specific studies in the previous degree are required. 
  • PhD: Applicant with any other second cycle degree may be granted a study right for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

The University of Helsinki has four doctoral schools comprising several doctoral programmes.  The fields of the doctoral schools do not follow the faculty or campus structure, but are based on collaboration in research and doctoral education.

Doctoral schools and programmes at the University of Helsinki

Doctoral students at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry may belong to one of the following four doctoral schools:

Doctoral School in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences (YEB)

Doctoral School in Natural Sciences (DONASCI)

Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth)

Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences (HYMY)

The Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources (AGFOREE), Doctoral Programme in Food Chain and Health (FoodHealth) and the Doctoral Programme in Microbiology and Biotechnology (MBDP) are coordinated by the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.

Detailed instructions how to apply for doctoral study right in these programmes in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry are found in the website of the chosen programme.

In addition to supervisors, each new doctoral student will be assigned a coordinating academic (sometimes also called responsible professor or resonsible person). The coordinating academic is a professor of the student’s home faculty or a docent employed by the faculty with good knowledge of the requirements and practices of Doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki.

The coordinating academic’s duties do not include actual supervision responsibilities, but one of the supervisors may be assigned to be the coordinating academic, if they fulfill the above-mentioned criteria. The coordinating academic will be appointed at the same time as the supervisors.

In the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry professors and associate professors may act as the coordinating academic for a doctoral student.

On the Instructions for teaching -service there is more about the role of a coordinating academic.

Doctoral programmes organise courses, seminars, workshops and other teaching tailored to the needs of doctoral students.

Details can be found on the My Studies website. You can also search for and view detailed information using the course information search service.

The current course catalogue can be found on WebOodi. A full list of studies offered by the doctoral schools and programmes can be found on the Doctoral schools and programmes website.

Instructions for scientific licentiate degrees are removed to the Instructions for Students -service.

Licentiate thesis examiners are appointed by the Faculty Council. Licentiate theses are examined in accordance with the same guidelines and principles as doctoral dissertations. The Faculty Council grades the thesis on the basis of the examiners’ statements.