The University may grant the title of docent to an applicant possessing extensive knowledge in his or her field and the ability to conduct independent research, as demonstrated by publications or other means, as well as good teaching skills. The Faculty Council assesses whether the applicant fulfils the requirements for the title of docent. Before making its decision, the Faculty Council will acquire statements on the applicant’s academic competence from two assessors, in addition to which the applicant’s teaching skills will be assessed by the teaching skills committee. At the University of Helsinki, the title of docent is granted by the chancellor.
A docent shall be entitled to participate in the teaching of his or her discipline, the supervision of students, and the examination of dissertations and theses, as well as in other University activities as agreed upon on a case-by-case basis.
It is possible to apply for a title of docent at the Faculty of Law twice a year: application periods are 1–30 September and 1–31 March.