The programme admits new doctoral students five times a year: twice in the spring, once in the summer and twice in the autumn.
The application periods in fall 2023
The first application period is from September 1, 2023 09:00 AM EEST until September 14, 2023 03:00 PM EEST.
The second application period is from November 1, 2023 09:00 AM EEST until November 14, 2023 03:00 PM EEST.
The application periods in spring 2024
The first application period is from January 17, 2024 09:00 AM EEST until January 31, 2024 03:00 PM EEST.
The first application period is from April 3, 2024 09:00 AM EEST until April 16, 2024 03:00 PM EEST
The application period in summer July 15, 2024 to July 25, 2024 is only for graduates of University of Helsinki.
A doctoral study right can only be gained through the admissions process. Applying to the programme outside the set admission periods is not possible.
In addition to the university's general requirements for doctoral applicants on eligibility and language proficiency, the doctoral programme has set the following additional criteria for eligibility:
Your previous degree must be relevant to the planned research topic and discipline. A degree is regarded as relevant if it includes sufficient studies in a discipline which, given the topic of the proposed doctoral dissertation, can be regarded as a suitable basis for doctoral studies.
Applicants to the Doctoral Programme in Microbiology and Biotechnology must have completed:
In addition, applicants who have been admitted to pursue a licentiate degree in medicine and dentistry or a licentiate degree in veterinary medicine at a Finnish university or at a university from EU/EEA country, or at the University of Helsinki can also be admitted to pursue a postgraduate research degree.
Furthermore, applicants licensed as a healthcare professional by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health or veterinarians licensed by the Finnish Food Authority who have completed applicable education abroad in their home country equivalent to a second-cycle university degree or a second-cycle degree from a university of applied sciences can be admitted.
Applications must meet the minimum requirements set for supervisory arrangements (see selection criteria). The application must include information on the following:
Attach to your application a signed supporting statement / commitment (pdf) stating the planned supervision arrangements. You find the pdf form below in Doctoral programme's selection criteria, subtitle "Supervision".
Please confirm in the application that you have or you have applied for all needed ethical permissions: a permit by an Ethical Review Board and/or by the National Animal Experiment Board, if required by the research arrangement. The permission documents need not to be attached to the application.
Only applications meeting the formal criteria for eligibility continue to scientific evaluation in the doctoral programmes.
The target degrees available within the Doctoral Programme in Microbiology and Biotechnology are:
Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Faculty of Medicine
Please check which degree is available in the chosen faculty with your background studies. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry have specific instructions about some of the degrees.
The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry may admit the following persons to pursue the degrees of
Doctor of Food Sciences
Doctor of Science (Agriculture and Forestry)
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine may admit the following persons to pursue the degree of
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Supervisory arrangements and the quality of the research environment are an important part of the selection criteria. The doctoral programme requires that each applicant must have a supervisor/supervisors when submitting the application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to find a supervisor and discuss and agree on the research and study plans with him/ her. A good starting point for finding a potential supervisor is the University of Helsinki is Research portal.
You must attach to your application a supporting statement / commitment form (pdf) signed by your supervisors, coordinating academic, and thesis committee members stating the planned supervision arrangements.
Your coordinating academic must be employed by the same Faculty as you are applying for. The coordinating academic is familiar with the instructions concerning doctoral education and doctoral degrees at the University of Helsinki. Your supervisor may also act as the coordinating academic, provided he or she fulfills the above criteria.
Provide the required information on your coordinating academic on the application form and supporting statement although your supervisor would be appointed to the coordinating academic.
The coordinating academic’s role is
In the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry professors and associate professors may act as the coordinating academics for doctoral candidates. See further information on coordinating academics on the Faculty's doctoral education web site.
In the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine professors and associate professors, and also a few persons appointed by the faculty may act as the coordinating academics for doctoral candidates. See further information on coordinating academics on the Faculty's doctoral education web site.
In the Faculty of Medicine professors, associate professors and docents, employed by the same Faculty as you are applying for, may act as the coordinating academics for doctoral candidates.
Coordinating academics in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Please note, that you must have a thesis committee upon applying a doctoral study right.
Thesis committee members cannot be a relative, close colleague, friend or manager/employee of the applicant or supervisor(s); have not had any joint publications or shared funding with the applicant or supervisor(s) in the last 5 years; have not supervised or been supervised by the doctoral candidate’s supervisor(s) during the last 3 years; and are not currently involved in the thesis project.
It should also be taken into account when assembling the committee that members of the thesis committee cannot later be appointed as preliminary examiners or opponents for the doctoral dissertation in question. See further information on the duties of thesis committee in the university's Instructions for Students -service.
Your research plan will be evaluated with the following criteria:
Your motivation and previous knowledge (e.g. CV or equivalent) are an important part of the evaluation criteria.
Your study plan must be included with your application. Please acquaint yourself with the doctoral programme’s degree requirements available in the Instructions for students.
NB! Choose the doctoral programme from the site's degree programme menu:
Acquainted with the selection criteria and all set to apply? Great! Now go back to the university's general instructions for doctoral applicants, where you will find all the information you need to prepare and submit your application and the needed enclosures. Good luck!
Decisions on admissions for doctoral studies in the programme are made based on the university’s general criteria for doctoral admissions as well as the programme-specific complementary selection criteria, presented on this page.
The final decision on admission is made by the faculty awarding the applicant’s target degree, based on a proposal from the steering group of the doctoral programme.
Before making the proposal, the doctoral programme will ask for a statement from the relevant discipline. The decision-making of the faculty and the steering group are not bound by the recommendations received from the disciplines.
A timetable for decisions is available in the university's general instructions for doctoral applicants.