Doctoral Programme in Clinical Veterinary Medicine (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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Doctoral programme in clinical veterinary medicine (CVM) in website

CVM is the only clinically oriented doctoral programme in veterinary medicine in Finland. Topics in the doctoral programme include clinical and translational veterinary medicine in addition to animal health and welfare.

Education leading to a PhD degree in CVM provide you very thorough specific skills in clinical veterinary medicine, i.e.:

  •  competence for knowledge work to become an independent academic researcher and competent expert to engage in multi-professional cooperation
  • a comprehensive understanding of theories, concepts and research methods used in clinical veterinary medicine
  • the relationship between theory and clinical practice, the applicability of knowledge into practice, and the ability to generate new scientific knowledge
  • ability to engage in critical thought, argumentation and problem-solving
  • enhanced interaction, leadership and negotiation skills, self-direction, and creativity as well as skills related to research ethics and sustainable development
  • extensive competence in science communication to be able to work in demanding, multidisciplinary research and expert positions both in Finland and abroad.

Operative language and in principle all teaching in CVM is in English.

The aim of the doctoral programme is to educate doctoral candidates into ethically conscious, professional researchers and experts who are genuinely multidisciplinary, critical, innovative and have international network for the service of society. Clinical work has been taken into account by dividing scientific and professional education in periods to match research education with clinical veterinary practice.

Multidisciplinary topics are being studied by multiple methods (e.g. lectures, group works and practise) underlining to obtain skills and knowledge in clinical veterinary medicine.

Mobility (courses, congresses and work outside own working place) of doctoral candidates is supported by CVM. Doctoral candidates (Student council) also organise scientific and social activities to facilitate networking. Annual thesis committee meetings support the progress of scientific and transferable skills and also career development of CVM’s doctoral candidates.

Doctoral degree can be obtained in four years of full time work. Also, part time education is possible.

PhD degree consist of:

  • Thesis
  • Personal study plan
  • Annual follow-up meeting to support the progress of doctoral candidate
  • Scientific education (30 ECTS) including research ethics and research methods
  • Transferable skills education (10 ECTS), such as communication, teaching, management, entrepreneurship, legislation, career planning and development, basic research tools and skills
  • International and national mobility, i.e. research collaboration by working outside own working place, visits in courses and congresses

The doctoral thesis can be written as an article based dissertation consisting of peer-reviewed scientific publications or manuscripts accepted for publication and a summary, or as a monograph of scientific work issued under the name of the doctoral candidate alone and based on previously unpublished results of independent research. 

The dissertation should:

  • include new scientific knowledge
  • show the candidate's critical thinking
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the field of research
  • demonstrate the ability to manage and apply methods
  • be scientifically convincing
  • contains justified results
  • be scientifically honest and ethical

Mobility, i.e. visit to courses, congresses and to work outside own working place, of doctoral candidates is supported by travel grants.

CVM recommends that doctoral candidate participates at least in one international event every year and, if possible, and does scientific and/or clinical works outside own working place (more than two weeks) at least once during doctoral education.

In the University of Helsinki CVM operates in several faculties and institutes in Viikki (biosciences) campus. CVM also collaborates with other doctoral programs at the University of Helsinki, other Universities and organisations.

CVM is part of national and international doctoral education network which includes universities, institutes and authorities. These organisations participate on clinical and translational veterinary medicine doctoral education and give feedback about the requirements in working life. Clinical specialties in veterinary medicine have high quality European Board of Veterinary Specialisation network in animal health and welfare. Virtually all supervisors in CVM belong to that network.

Research topics in CVM include clinical and translational veterinary medicine in addition to animal health and welfare.

PhD’s graduated from CVM are employed corresponding their educational expertise, for example, as professional researchers and clinicians in the institutes, authorities or as experts in enterprises.

How to apply

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.

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