Admissions

AIMING FOR A DOCTORATE IN THE DOCTORAL PROGRAMME IN CLINICAL RESEARCH (KLTO)

All doctoral candidates in the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research complete their doctoral degree in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki.

There are two application periods per academic year, one during the spring term and one during the autumn term. If you are interested in doctoral training, please familiarise yourself with the application guidelines well before the next application period. A carefully prepared application is the first step towards the doctoral degree.

ADMISSION CRITERIA IN THE
DOCTORAL PROGRAMME IN CLINICAL RESEARCH (KLTO)

The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (KLTO) reserves the right to organize an interview.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

All enclosures must be submitted as a PDF file. Applications can be edited until the end of the application period. You can save them as a draft or a completed application. Both drafts and completed applications can be checked and edited in the system until the end of the application period. Drafts will not be processed after the closing of the application period.

When the application has been submitted as a draft and/or a completed application, the application system will send a confirmation email to the email address provided by the applicant. The confirmation email includes a link to the application form and to the AAVA portal. You can view and print your application as a PDF file using the portal.

It should be noted that enclosures marked with an asterisk (*) must be submitted in hard copy to Admission Services.

NB! Copies of degree diplomas and transcripts of studies must be certified by a notary public or the awarding institution of higher education. If the original degree diploma is not in Finnish, Swedish or English, it must be translated by an authorised translator.

  1. *If you have completed your second-cycle (Master's) degree abroad or at a Finnish university other than the University of Helsinki, please enclose with your application an officially certified copy of degree diploma AND original translation of the original degree diploma in Finnish, Swedish, or English OR officially certified copy of the translation, IF the original document is in some other language. 
    NB. Please check also the country-specific document requirements. You may be required to submit additional documents to verify the authenticity of your diploma and transcript.
  2. *Proof of language proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English as necessary (instructions will be updated later)
  3. Research plan (one page) (as part of the application form)
  4. Study plan (one page)
  5. Statement from one of the ethics committees of the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa and/or the National Animal Experiment Board if the research or a part of it entails experimental research on humans and/or animals
  6. Supporting statements from the supervisor(s), Thesis committee and professor in charge of the discipline

The hard copies of prior degree documents should be submitted to Admission Services well before the end of the application period to enable verifying the applicant's eligibility.

Hard copies should be posted to:
Doctoral degree
Admission Services
PO Box 3 (Fabianinkatu 33)
00014 UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

GRANTING THE RIGHT TO PURSUE A DOCTORAL DEGREE

The applications are evaluated by the Doctoral Programme’s board based the admission criteria. The Faculty of Medicine grant the right to pursue a doctoral degree based on the recommendation of the Doctoral programme’s board. All applicants are informed about the decision by e-mail. The offered study right has to be accepted within a month after the decision has been sent.

The so-called one study right rule has extended to cover all education leading to a university degree in Finland, including doctoral and licentiate degrees. The change will affect all studies that begin on August 1, 2016 or later. The rule of one study right means that if you are offered more than one study right at a higher education institution leading to a university degree starting at the same term, you may accept only one of them.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information, please contact Admission Services, admissions(at)helsinki.fi.