Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (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 €
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Programme

The objective of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research is to provide the doctoral candidates with

  • A profound familiarity with their field and its social significance
  • 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
  • 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 primary language of instruction of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research.

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Research (KLTO) is hosted by the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki and belongs to the Doctoral School in Health Sciences. KLTO supports doctoral training in clinical and translational medicine by advancing the expertise and knowledge in the following key areas: epidemiology, etiology, clinical features, diagnostics, treatment and outcome, prevention and prognosis of diseases.

Doctoral research forms the basis for doctoral training in KLTO. The progress of the research work and the doctoral degree is supported by the supervisor, a carefully selected thesis committee, and KLTO. The goal is to complete the doctoral degree (Doctor of Medical Science, Doctor of Dental Science, Doctor of Philosophy, or Doctor of Psychology) within 4 years, net time (full person years spent for the doctoral degree).

KLTO promotes integration of clinical work (e.g. clinical specialist training) with professional research training. The doctoral programme is aimed at training professional clinical researchers and academic scientists in the field of clinical medicine. The objective is to ensure, that enrolled doctoral candidates develop the skills and competences necessary both for professional careers in research and other positions of high expertise. Systematic doctoral training in KLTO aims to guarantee that the society, the universities and different health care units have access to well-trained and internationally competitive experts in different fields on medical research.

The degree structure of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research is as follows:

  1. Doctoral research in the supervisor’s research group
  2. Field-specific training (30 credits)
    1. Methodology and substance training
    2. National and international activities and research collaboration
    3. Research ethics (compulsory course)
      1. Transferable skills (10 credits)

At the beginning of the training, all doctoral candidates admitted to the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research will draft a personal study plan in accordance with the degree structure of the programme.

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 the rector’s decision (79/2012), all doctoral dissertations must fulfil consistent 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.

Doctoral dissertations are graded by the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Medicine. Dissertations are graded on a scale of Fail, Pass and Pass with Distinction.

The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research provides doctoral candidates with the qualifications for working as professional researchers, as well as for other demanding expert positions. The programme promotes doctoral training in clinical medicine by developing the expertise and know-how of the doctoral candidates in the key fields of clinical and translational research. The programme aims to aims to guarantee that the society, the universities and different health care units have access to well-trained and internationally competitive experts in different fields on medical research.

The degrees available in the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research:

  • Doctor of Medical Science
  • Doctor of Dental Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Psychology

The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research offers an international environment for research and training, as well as plenty of opportunities for international networking. The programme supports participation of doctoral candidates in international conferences and courses, as well as international research visits. Doctoral candidates in the doctoral programme are encouraged to participate in activities and events such as those of the Nordic Doctoral Training in Health Sciences network NorDoc. A significant part of the training provided by the doctoral programme is in English. All doctoral candidates in the programme publish their research results in international publication forums.

The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research, coordinated by the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki, belongs to the Doctoral School in Health Sciences. It works in close cooperation with the other doctoral programmes of the school. In addition, the doctoral programme conducts active cooperation with corresponding Finnish and Nordic institutions of doctoral education, as well as encourages the participation of its doctoral candidates in the activities and events of the Nordic Doctoral Training in Health Sciences network NorDoc (https://www.nordochealth.net/about) and international scientific conferences and courses. International research visits are also encouraged.

The programme promotes doctoral training in clinical medicine by developing the expertise and know-how of doctoral candidates in the key fields of clinical and translational research: epidemiology; etiology; signs and symptoms; diagnostics; treatments and their outcome; prognosis and prevention.

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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