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Doctoral schools and programmes
The doctoral school system aims to improve the quality of research and researcher training. A goal is to provide young Master’s degree holders planning to pursue a career in research with an opportunity to make interesting as well as economically encouraging careers as professional researchers.
In the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences about one third of Master’s degree holders continue their studies towards a doctoral degree. Doctoral schools and programmes operating within the Faculty offer significant support for students of the Faculty in their doctoral studies.
Information on how to apply for a doctoral programme position and about courses organized by programmes is available on the websites of the doctoral programmes.
New doctoral education system 2014
The University of Helsinki will introduce a new doctoral education system consisting of four doctoral schools at the beginning of 2014. A total of 32 doctoral programmes under the four schools encompass all of the University´s research fields. One of the biggest changes is that all the University’s doctoral students will belong to a doctoral programme. A doctoral student may belong only a one program at a time.
Each Faculty coordinates a selection of Doctoral programs, but the doctoral students of the faculties are not limited to these and they may belong to a program coordinated by some other faculty as well.
The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences coordinates five different doctoral programs (below), but our doctoral students may belong to any of the eight programs the faculty participates (below).
Once the Doctoral schools and programs have fully launched they will provide teaching and supervision, hopefully already during the spring term 2014.
From the beginning of 2014 the doctoral education in the Helsinki University will be organized in following Doctoral Schools:
- Health sciences
- Biological, environmental and food sciences
- Humanities and social sciences
- Natural sciences
The Doctoral Programmes coordinated by the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences belong to two Doctoral Schools:Doctoral school in health sciences
- Integrative Life Science Doctoral Program (ILS) (former GPBM and VGSB)
- Doctoral Program Brain & Mind (B&M)
- Doctoral Program in Plant Sciences (DPPS)
- The Doctoral Programme in Wildlife Biology Research (LUOVA)
- Doctoral Program in interdisciplinary Environmental sciences (DENVI)
The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences also participates in the following doctoral programmes coordinated by other Faculties within University of Helsinki:Doctoral school in biological, environmental and food sciences
- Doctoral Program in Sustainable use of renewable natural resources (AGFOREE)
- Doctoral Program in Microbiology and Biotechnology (MBDP)
- Doctoral Programme of School, Education, Society and Culture (SEDUCE), subprogramme for education of science and mathematics
Q: When and how can I sign in to a Doctoral program? If I already belong to one of the older programs will I automatically be signed in to its successor?
A: PhD students will sign in to the doctoral programs during the late fall 2013 and the beginning of 2014. Every PhD student will be send an enquiry about which program they wish to belong to. No-one will be signed in in to any of the programs automatically. The enquiry will be sent also to the students who have previously belonged to some doctoral program and to those who were granted a payed doctoral student position in any of the programs during the fall 2013 call. More information about the process is coming. Right now the best thing to do is to prepare by discussing with your supervisor about which programs are suitable for you.
Q: I am applyin for a salary position from one of the doctoral programs. If I get the position, will I automatically also get the right to pursue a doctoral degree?
A: No, the doctoral programs do not grant the study rights. You need to separately apply for a right to pursue doctoral studies from one of the Faculties participating in the programs in question (see above).
Q: Does belongin to a doctoral program mean that everybody gets salary now?
A: No. All doctoral students will belong to one of the doctoral programs independently from where they get their funding. The University of Helsinki has some doctoral student positions with salary that are separately announced in the university's recruitment pages and in the web sites of the doctoral programs.
Q: Can I apply for a position with salary from a program that my Faculty does not belong to?
A: Yes, but if you get the position you need to apply for the right to pursue doctoral studies from one of the Faculties participating in the program in question.
Q: Which major subject belong to which doctoral programs?
A: Many of the doctoral programs are suitable for students from various majors, and belonging to a doctoral program does not depend on your major subject. You shoudl discuss with your supervisor about which programs are best suited for you.
The doctoral education reform in the University of Helsinki is still continuing and we will give information about the progress on these web pages during the fall 2013.