Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine (4 years)

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Degree level
Doctoral degree
Start semester
2019 Spring
Scope of studies and length
--- ECTS credits, 4 years
Language of instruction
English, Finnish, Swedish
Tuition fee per year (only non-EU/EEA citizens)
0 €
Application period

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Programme

The objective of the doctoral programme is to provide doctoral candidates with

  1. A profound familiarity with their field and its social significance
  2. An in-depth understanding of the field’s nature, key theories, concepts and research methods, the relation between theory and practice, and the practical applicability of the knowledge attained, as well as the ability to contribute to scientific knowledge
  3. Sufficient skills in communication, argumentation and problem-solving, as well as other qualifications for demanding and multidisciplinary research and expert positions in Finland and abroad

English is the official language of instruction of the programme.

The Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine (DPBM) is one of the eight doctoral programmes of the Doctoral School in Health Sciences. Its operations are primarily based in the Faculty of Medicine at the Meilahti Campus, but some students are located at the Viikki Campus.

The doctoral programme provides training in biomedicine, translational medicine and molecular medicine.

In addition to research work conducted in top-level research groups, the training consists of course-based studies that complement and develop the scientific expertise and thinking of the students, as well as prepare them for professional life. The doctoral programme encourages student participation in various international events (congresses, symposia, etc.) and at the same time networking with the researcher community. The goal is to achieve the doctoral degree at the end of the four-year researcher training programme.

The programme boasts over 250 doctoral candidates. They complete approximately 35–45% of the doctoral dissertations in the Faculty of Medicine.  With students hailing from more than 20 countries, English is the official language of instruction of the Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine.

The doctoral degree can be attained by working full-time for four years. The degree can be completed by working either full-time or part-time. The degree consists of the following:

  • A personal study plan
  • Field-specific training (30 credits), including research ethics (and the philosophy of science)
  • General transferable skills (10 credits), e.g., university pedagogy, leadership, supervisory skills, negotiation and project management skills, and scientific communication
  • International mobility, e.g., research cooperation
  • A doctoral dissertation

Doctoral dissertations are scientifically significant works consisting of new research findings. They can be either monographs or article-based dissertations that consist of a summarising report and the related articles.

In accordance with a rector’s decision (79/2012), all doctoral dissertations must fulfil the same scientific criteria. They must
a) Contain new scientific knowledge
b) Demonstrate critical thinking
c) Demonstrate profound familiarity with the field
d) Demonstrate mastery of research methods and their application

Doctoral dissertations
e) Are scientifically convincing
f) Contain justified research results
g) Demonstrate scientific integrity and adhere to the norms of ethical research

Completing a doctoral dissertation typically takes four years of full-time work.

The Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine provides its students with the qualifications for working as professional researchers, as well as for other demanding expert positions. The programme promotes doctoral education in medicine and biosciences by developing the expertise and know-how of its doctoral students in key fields. The doctoral programme aims to ensure the availability of well-trained and internationally competitive experts in various fields to society, universities and health care units.

Doctor of Medical Science, Doctor of Dental Science and Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine provides its students with the qualifications for working as professional researchers, as well as for other demanding expert positions.

The Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine offers an international environment for research and training, as well as plenty of opportunities for international networking. The programme supports student participation in international conferences and courses, as well as international research visits. Students of the doctoral programme are encouraged to participate also, among other things, in the activities and events of the Nordic Doctoral Training in Health Sciences network NorDoc. A significant part of the training offerings of the doctoral programme are in English. All doctoral students in the programme publish their research results in international publication forums.

The Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine (DPBM) is one of the eight doctoral programmes of the Doctoral School in Health Sciences. Its operations are primarily based in the Faculty of Medicine at the Meilahti Campus, but some students are located at the Viikki Campus. Doctoral students in the Doctoral Programmes of Biomedicine and Clinical Research make up a student council whose mission is to organise courses and events.

The doctoral programme provides training in biomedicine, translational medicine and molecular medicine.

How to apply
Below you’ll find a link to the entry requirements for this programme. The application period to our international programmes is in December every year.
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Doctoral programmes

The doctoral candidates at the University of Helsinki are supervised by top-class researchers, and carry out their research as part of an international academic community. The University of Helsinki is the only Finnish university in the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and a member of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education.

Doctoral education is offered in research- and researcher-oriented doctoral programmes. Each of the 32 doctoral programmes belong to one of the University’s four doctoral schools. The doctoral schools are in charge of coordinating the totality of doctoral programmes in their field as well as developing the overall quality of doctoral education. In addition, they are responsible for the offerings in transferable skills courses.

Most of the doctoral programmes are joined programmes offered by different Faculties. In these programmes the doctoral candidates can pursue a doctoral degree offered by any of the participating Faculties.

Find out more: www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education