A doctoral degree in the programme comprises of a doctoral thesis and 40 credits of doctoral studies. The studies are divided into discipline-specific and transferable skills.
We also organise research seminars, where you get to present your own work, receive feedback and get to know your fellow doctoral researchers.
Courses in research ethics and transferable skills are offered throughout the academic year by the Doctoral School in Environmental, Food and Biologiacal Sciences (YEB).
MBDP offers the opportunity to complete the in depth MBDP thematic courses by attending MOOCs.
You may include a MOOC in your degree if you find a suitable course. In order to get the credits, you must obtain a course certificate. To obtain the certificate, you usually need to pay a fee. MBDP supports its doctoral researchers’ participation in field-specific MOOCs with approximately 50 Euro.
The financial support can be applied using this online application form. Before applying, please discuss with your supervisor about the course you are planning to take, to make sure it fits your study plan. The planning officer Mia will review the application and decide on the funding. You should first pay the course certificate fee yourself and MBDP will then reimburse the cost to you.
Here is a collection of links for you where you can find interesting courses that can be included in your degree.
MOOC courses at the university of Helsinki
If you have any questions about the funding, please contact the planning officer by emailing to mbdp-office(a)helsinki.fi.
Fridays at 9.15
29 September, at Biocentre 2, room 2012
Prof. Angela Ivask, University of Tartu: "Antimicrobial surfaces - a promising opportunity or a hidden threat?"
17 November, at Infocentre, room K1046
Prof. Kirsi Mikkonen, University of Helsinki: "TBA"
7 December, at 15:15-16:00, at Biocentre 2, room 2012
13 January, at Biocentre 3, room 1402
Prof. Max Häggblom, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA. Fate of emerging pollutants (pharmaceuticals, personal care products and microplastics) in aquatic environments: Biodegradation, biotransformation and biofilm formation
17 February, at Biocentre 3, room 1402
Prof. Pekka Varmanen, Department of Food and Nutrition, University of Helsinki. Propionibacterium freudenreichii - vitamin B12 production and probiotic potential
21 April, at Biocentre 2, room 2012
CTO Christopher Landowski, Onego Bio Ltd. Cracking the Code to Producing Egg Proteins with Precision Fermentation.
26 May, at Biocentre 2, room 2012
Prof. Jan Deska, Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki. Going off script: fungal metalloproteins catalyze pericyclic reactions
Organiser: Miia Mäkelä, miia.r.makela(at)helsinki.fi
10 attendances = 1 ECTS, own presentation = 1 ECTS
Maximum Microbiology Seminar credits = 3 ECTS
Thursdays at 14:15
Thu 21 September 14:15-15:00, Biocentre 3, seminar rooms 3401+3402
Meri Salomaa, doctoral researcher (University of Helsinki): “Persistent dsRNA bacteriophage infection” and
Sini Huuskonen, doctoral researcher (University of Helsinki): “Characterizing the viral-host physical and functional changes of SARS-CoV-2 variants”
Mon 2 October 15:00-16:00, Biocentre 3, seminar rooms 3401+3402
Prof Vijay Reddy (University of Minnesota): “Virus Structure, Informatics, and Vaccine Design”
Thu 23 November 14:15-15:00, Biocentre 3, seminar rooms 3401+3402
Dr Maija Vihinen-Ranta (University of Jyväskylä): ”Herpesviruses remodel organization and function of mitochondria as infection proceeds”
Thu 14 December 14:15-15:00, Biocentre 2, room 1015
Dr Elina Laanto (University of Jyväskylä): "Exploring megaphage biology"
Thu 25 May 14:15-15:00 Biocentre 2, room 2012
Dr Matti Jalasvuori (University of Jyväskylä): "Bacteriophages and the search for sustainable solutions to the antibiotic resistance crisis"
Thu 27 April at 14:15-15:00 Biocentre 2, room 2012
Dr Maria Anastasina (University of Helsinki): "TBA"
Thu 23 March at 14:15-15:00 Biocentre 2, room 1015
Dr Mirka Lampi from University of Helsinki: "tRNA modification dynamics during bacteriophage infection in a cold active marine bacterium Shewanella glacialimarina".
Thu 16 February at 14:15-15:00 Biocentre 2, room 2012
Vinaya Venkat doctoral researcher (University of Helsinki): “Transmission, pathogenesis, and infection dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron BA.1 variant using minks as an animal model"
Rasmus Malmgren doctoral researcher (University of Helsinki): “Viral aerosol transmission in dental clinics”
To demonstrate their attendance, students are requested to write a short summary (5-10 sentences) of the talks in each of the sessions they chose to attend, and to submit these using Virus Club's Moodle page (course key for self-enrolment is: 2021VC).
MBDP annual meeting takes place every year during spring. The event consists of inspiring speakers and relaxed get-together. The annual meeting aims to gather MBDP students, supervisors and board members to meet in relaxed atmosphere once a year. Annual meeting participants are rewarded with one study credit.
The programme also organises annually First manuscript writing course. The course gives guidance on the academic writing process and enables during the course to write all the sections of a scientific manuscript. Participants will receive critical assessment by the course teacher and peers.
MBDP doctoral programme organises several courses in bioinformatics e.g. Bacterial genomes and Metagenomics. We prioritise MBDP members, but others are welcome to join if we have free seats available. You can find more information on bioinformatic courses here.
Events taking place at the Viikki campus are listed in this calendar (however, most info is not up-to-date)
Many courses relevant for MBDP doctoral researchers are organised all over the world.
You may find interesting and useful courses among these: