Doctoral education

The doctoral education at the Faculty of Science creates the next generation of top researchers. This is why we recruit the most talented and motivated postgraduates. The degree gives graduates the competence for an international research career in the best universities and challenging specialist assignments in society. The doctoral education is based on research, which is carried out in numerous valued international research groups, including several Academy of Finland centres of excellence.

The unique research environment on the Kumpula campus combines the high-end instruction given by top researchers with a state-of-the-art equipment farm. We are constantly investing in the quality of teaching and development of processes. Each doctoral student works as a member of a research group and so is part of the academic science community.

The doctoral degree is a lengthy but awarding process. The degree comprises the thesis, courses within the discipline, and more general courses in subjects that support specialist skills. Students who work on the doctoral degree full-time can graduate in four years. Doctoral students orientate themselves in their own field of research and its social significance in depth, and reach the competence to apply the methods of their own research area independently and with discernment, as well as to create new knowledge. Graduates have extensive problem-solving skills, the ability to think analytically, and to meet the demands of the future labour market.

The doctoral degree at the Faculty of Science is carried out within doctoral programmes, for which you apply. The Doctoral School in Natural Sciences with seven different doctoral programmes operates on the Kumpula campus. In addition, it is possible to take the faculty’s doctoral degree within eight doctoral programmes in other doctoral schools.