Right to Study

The University of Helsinki will consider a person's admission to a specialization program only after he/she has been granted a permit to practice medicine in Finland. 

The completion of a specialist's degree takes 5 to 6 years and usually comprises general training and special training, mostly or entirely in form of service in university departments and central hospitals.

The goal of specialist training in medicine and dentistry is to familiarise physicians and dentists with the scientific knowledge and information acquisition in their speciality, as well as to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary for the duties of a specialist in medicine or dentistry, the maintenance of professional competence, the further development of the speciality as well as the work of a medical or dental specialist in the social and healthcare service system. The training must provide specialists in medicine and dentistry with the ability to master demanding diagnostic methods, as well as to plan and implement demanding prevention and treatment of diseases in their speciality on the level of individuals and the population. Another goal of the training is for physicians and dentists to familiarise themselves with management, administration, planning and multiprofessional collaboration in healthcare.

The training is completed in Finnish training health centres and hospitals approved by the University of Helsinki under the supervision of specialist trainers. Specialist training in medicine and dentistry must be carefully planned and supervised. Specialising physicians and dentists contribute to regular clinical work, thus gaining the practical skills required for their speciality.

Depending on the speciality, the duration of the training is five or six years, with the exception of specialist training in dentistry, the duration of which is three years (except six years for oral and maxillofacial surgery). Practical training includes health centre service, trunk training or supplementary training, as well as the actual training in the speciality. As a rule, at least half of the training must be completed in training locations outside the University Hospital, with the exception of specialities referred to in section 6 of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Decree on the Training of Specialist Physicians and Dentists (56/2015).

Being recruited as a specialising physician and serving as one requires suitable qualifications for the speciality. Appointment decisions for specialist training positions are made within the health service system. The right to complete specialist training, granted by the University, does not guarantee a specialist training position in the health service system for the specialising physician or dentist. Each specialising physician or dentist must independently look for specialist training positions. 

 

1. All applicants must have a licence to practice medicine/dentistry in Finland

The University of Helsinki will consider a person's admission to a specialization program only after he/she has been granted a permit to practice medicine in Finland.

The practice of medicine by foreign citizens is controlled by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health  (Valvira).

Postal address: P.O. Box 210, FIN-00531 Helsinki, tel: +358 9 772920,

www.valvira.fi

http://www.valvira.fi/en/licensing/professional_practice_rights

To be permitted to practice medicine, the applicant must have:

  • completed a medical degree approved by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health
  • obtained oral and written command of the Finnish language and
  • passed examinations required by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health.

The completion of a specialist's degree takes 5 to 6 years and usually comprises general training and special training, mostly or entirely in form of service in university departments and central hospitals.

More information of the specialist training in Medicine (in Finnish)

2. Language requirements 

All applicant´s must know how to speak finnish or swedish. The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health  (Valvira) is responsible for checking the language skills of doctors and dentists during the legalization process.

The university allso assesses the applicant's language skills (finnish and/or swedish). Language skills are assessed as part of the interview.

3.  The university organicizes student selection twice a year

Application criteria are available in finnish and swedish (look from below form this website).

4. Studying

When the applicant has obtained the right to study, he/she is responsible to find the training post by themselves. The study right does not guarantee a specialization in a hospital or a health care center. Hospital districts select employees for the training posts according to the recruitment procedure.

Admission criterias during autumn 2020-spring 2020 application period are published only in Finnish and Swedish. Please look at Finnish websites or Swedish websites.

 

 

 

 

If you wish to change your speciality, you must apply for the right to pursue studies in the new speciality by taking part the student admission during the application period.

The content of every program as well contact information can be found in Finnish 

The completion of a specialist's degree takes 5 to 6 years and usually comprises general training and special training, mostly or entirely in form of service in university departments and central hospitals.

  • Acut medicine
  • Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine 
  • Adolescent Psychiatry 
  • Cardiology 
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery 
  • Child Neurology 
  • Child Psychiatry 
  • Clinical Chemistry 
  • Clinical Genetics 
  • Clinical Haematology 
  • Clinical Microbiology 
  • Clinical Neurophysiology 
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy 
  • Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine       
  • Dermatology and Allergology 
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology 
  • Forensic Medicine 
  • Forensic Psychiatry 
  • Gastroenterological Surgery 
  • Gastroenterology 
  • General Practice 
  • General Surgery 
  • Geriatrics 
  • Hand Surgery 
  • Infectious Diseases 
  • Internal Medicine 
  • Nephrology 
  • Neurology 
  • Neurosurgery 
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology 
  • Occupational Health 
  • Oncology 
  • Ophthalmology 
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 
  • Orthopaedics and Traumatology 
  • Otorhinolaryngology 
  • Paediatric Surgery 
  • Paediatrics 
  • Pathology 
  • Phoniatrics 
  • Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 
  • Plastic Surgery 
  • Psychiatry 
  • Public Health 
  • Radiology 
  • Respiratory Medicine and Allergology 
  • Rheumatology 
  • Sports Medicine 
  • Urology 
  • Vascular Surgery 

The degree programmes that lead to a specialist degree in dentistry include orthodontics, clinical dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as public health.

Clinical dentistry is further divided into the focus areas of cariology and endodontics, periodontology, paediatric dentistry, prosthetic dentistry and stomatognathic physiology as well as dental diagnosis. The specialist options in dental diagnosis are dental radiology and oral pathology.

Specialist training in dentistry requires three years of full-time study. The degree programme in oral and maxillofacial surgery requires six years to complete.