Doctoral education in Faculty of Pharmacy

The core of the doctoral degree is research. The degree also includes theoretical studies that support the doctoral student’s research.

The doctoral degree comprises 40 credits of theoretical studies, the doctoral dissertation and its defence in a public examination.

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

Postgraduate degrees offered by the Faculty of Pharmacy include the following: Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmacy), Doctor of Philosophy and Licentiate of Philosophy (Pharmacy).

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.

Faculty of Pharmacy doctoral students may belong to one of the following Doctoral Programmes at the following doctoral schools:

Doctoral School in Health Sciences

Doctoral School in Natural Sciences

In addition to supervisors, each new doctoral student will be assigned a coordinating academic (called also 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. The responsible person will be appointed at the same time as the supervisors. On the Instructions for teaching -service there is more about the role of a coordinating academic.

In the Faculty of Pharmacy, professors and associate professors may act as the responsible professor for a doctoral student.

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 available in Instructions for Students.

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.