Prospective postgraduate students

Are you aiming for a doctorate? There are normally two application periods per academic year, one during the spring term and one during the autumn term. If you are considering postgraduate studies, please familiarise yourself with the application guidelines well before the next application period. Contact the doctoral programme you wish to join. A carefully prepared application is the first step towards the doctoral degree.

NB. Please see information on admissions on each doctoral programme’s own website. See also the University of Helsinki web page: "How to apply to doctoral programmes".

 

Doctoral programmes operating at the Faculty of Medicine:

Doctoral programmes hosted by other faculties where it is possible to complete doctoral
degrees in medical science, dental science, psychology and philosophy:

Further information

For further information, please contact Admission Services, phd-admissions@helsinki.fi.

General information

Doctoral degrees in medical and dental science are postgraduate degrees completed after the Licentiate degree that demonstrate an ability to conduct independent scientific research.

NB. Please see the specific requirements and structures of each doctoral programme on their websites and course catalogues.

Objectives

The goal of doctoral education is to familiarise the doctoral candidate with scientific and medical research problems and methods.

Postgraduate education has the following objectives:

  1. The doctoral candidate becomes profoundly familiar with his or her research field and its social significance and acquires, within that field, the abilities to apply scientific research methods critically and independently and to contribute to scientific knowledge.
  2. The doctoral candidate becomes familiar with the historical development, fundamental issues and research methods of his or her field.
  3. The doctoral candidate acquires sufficient understanding of general scientific theory and the disciplines related to his or her research field so as to be able to follow future developments. (Government Decree 794/2004, chapter 5, section 21)

General information

The Faculty of Medicine may admit a person who has completed a second-cycle (Master’s) degree at a Finnish university or a corresponding degree at a university or other institution of higher education abroad to pursue the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

NB. Please see the specific requirements and structures of each doctoral programme on their websites and course catalogues.

Objectives

Postgraduate education has the following objectives:

  1. The doctoral candidate becomes profoundly familiar with his or her research field and its social significance and acquires, within that field, the abilities to apply scientific research methods critically and independently and to contribute to scientific knowledge.
  2. The doctoral candidate becomes familiar with the historical development, fundamental issues and research methods of his or her field.
  3. The doctoral candidate acquires sufficient understanding of general scientific theory and the disciplines related to his or her research field so as to be able to follow future developments. (Government Decree 794/2004, chapter 5, section 21)

General information

The Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) and Licentiate of Arts (Psychology) may be completed by postgraduate students majoring in psychology, provided they are holders of a degree of Master of Arts (Psychology) or their second-cycle degree includes advanced-level studies in psychology, and practice.

NB. Please see the specific requirements and structures of each doctoral programme on their websites and course catalogues.