Preparing the thesis

The Doctor of Medical Science (D.M.Sc.), Doctor of Dental Science (D.D.Sc.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees are granted by the Faculty of Medicine. All thesis projects within the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research are registered in the Faculty of Medicine and this is also the default faculty from which enrolled doctoral candidates earn the degree, either D.M.Sc. / D.D.Sc. (suom. LT/HLT) or Ph.D. (suom. FT).

Requirements for dissertation
A doctoral dissertation can be either an article-based (i.e. a summarizing report including original publications) or a monograph dissertation. Completion of dissertation normally requires four years of full-time training. The Faculty of Medicine has comprised a list of universal scientific criteria that all doctoral dissertations must meet (for more information visit the Faculty of Medicine Flamma page): “The dissertation a) contains new scientific knowledge, b) demonstrates critical thinking c) demonstrates profound familiarity with the research field, d) demonstrates mastery of research methods and their application, f) is scientifically convincing, f) contains justified results, and g) demonstrates scientific integrity and adhere to research ethical norms.“

Application for imprimatur and printing of the thesis

Once the formal criteria are met, the supervisor(s) and the thesis committee encourage the doctoral candidate to compile the thesis. When the thesis manuscript is submitted for pre-examination, the application for imprimatur (incl. appendixes) should be sent to the Faculty of Medicine.

The doctoral candidate applies for the permission to print and defend the thesis at a public examination, when the thesis manuscript including the original publications is finished. This procedure must follow the rules set by the Faculty of Medicine. Please visit the Faculty of Medicine Flamma pages for further details.

Publishing the thesis
The doctoral candidates enrolled in the doctoral programmes of DSHealth are privileged to publish their doctoral thesis in the DSHealth series ‘Dissertationes Scholae Doctoralis Ad Sanitatem Investigandam Universitatis Helsinkiensis’. For more information, please visit the DS Health webpages. Enrolled doctoral candidates should acknowledge the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research in the thesis and provide the DS-Health office with one printed copy of the thesis.

Layout and ISSN number
A DS-Health staff member will assist doctoral candidates in DSHealth with the cover design of the doctoral thesis and all other practical matters regarding the publication of the thesis. The ISSN number of the ‘Dissertationes Scholae Doctoralis Ad Sanitatem Investigandam Universitatis Helsinkiensis’ series is ISSN 2342-3161 (Print), ISSN 2342-317X (Online).

Paper copies and e-thesis

One paper copy of the thesis should be sent to the DS-Health / Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research office and the thesis should be published in the Helsinki University e-thesis service.

University of Helsinki printing grant
A doctoral candidate can apply for financial support to cover the dissertation printing costs. The University of Helsinki printing grant is personal and the application process is continuous. More information can be found in Flamma.

Dissertation completion grant
Dissertation completion grants can be awarded to doctoral candidates who have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki. The dissertation completion grant is intended for the work required on the thesis before it is submitted for pre-examination. The doctoral candidate and the thesis supervisor together apply for the grant well in advance of the intended grant period. More information can be found in Flamma.

Defending the thesis and getting the degree
The Faculty Council appoints one or two opponents to examine the dissertation, and one of the Faculty’s professors as the custos for the public examination. The doctoral candidate agrees on the time and place of the public examination with the opponent and the custos. It is the doctoral candidate’s responsibility to arrange and inform about the public examination. For further instructions, please visit: the Faculty of Medicine webpages and En route to the doctorate.

In order to be awarded the degree, the doctoral candidate must be registered as an attending student and hold the right to complete a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Medicine. After completing the scientific training, the doctoral candidate applies for the degree diploma.