Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources (4 years)

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Degree level
Doctoral degree
Start semester
2020 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
3.9.2019 - 17.9.2019

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Programme

The Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources (AGFOREE) provides in-depth training and education required for careers in both academic research and expert appointments locally and abroad. The doctoral degree is based mainly on independent scientific research and collaboration within the research community. Accumulated knowledge and expertise enable doctoral candidates to pursue a variety of respected careers.

During the training, doctoral candidates develop:

  • responsible, independent and critical thinking
  • problem solving skills
  • collaboration, management and planning competence
  • proficiency in scientific communication and an understanding of scientific ethics

All of the teaching and education in AGFOREE is carried out in English. In addition, the majority of doctoral theses are written in English.

AGFOREE is the Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources. It focuses on plant production, forests, domestic animals, technology, the environment and economy. Sustainable use of resources is imperative for the future of humankind, nature and planet Earth.

Many of the research fields included in AGFOREE integrate basic and applied research. We explore basic natural processes in phenomena spanning scales from the molecular to the global, and we study their socio-economic aspects and related environmental policy context.

AGFOREE trains doctoral candidates in the fields of agriculture, forestry, renewable natural resources and sustainable use of natural resources. AGFOREE covers both basic and applied research in these fields.

Subject areas covered by the programme include: biology, agriculture and forestry, environment

  • cultivated plants
  • forests
  • soil
  • peatlands
  • wetlands
  • domestic animals
  • pests
  • technology
  • environment
  • economy and society

Through national collaboration, the teaching personnel of the programme includes all the major agricultural and forestry groups in Finland both at universities and research institutes as well as international experts and networks. The partnership of basic and translational research is seen as an important asset of the educational programme and is made possible by the joint collaboration of the two faculties in Viikki involved in this programme (Biological & Environmental Sciences and Agriculture & Forestry).

Short intensive courses on specific subject areas and methods in ecology and evolutionary and environmental biology complement the research of the doctoral candidate carried out in internationally rich research laboratories. Courses are either practically or lecture based and are usually assessed by written assignments or oral presentation of results.

Progress of doctoral candidates is followed not only by the supervisor but by a thesis advisory committee who monitor the progress of students throughout their research and studies.

There are no specific major in the Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources.

The total workload of four years of studies leading to a doctoral degree will correspond to 240 credits. Doctoral degrees may be pursued either full-time or part-time. The degree requirements are:

  • a personal study plan
  • 30 study credits in the field/research area of the thesis
  • 10 study credits of transferable skills, for example university pedagogy, management and leadership skills, negotiation and planning skills and scientific communication
  • international mobility and activities
  • a thesis

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. In the majority of cases, the thesis is written in English.

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

A doctoral degree opens the door to many interesting career possibilities. In addition to a purely academic career as a post-doctoral researcher, opportunities in the public and private sector in Finland and abroad are achievable. For instance: scientific experts in ministries, research and government agencies, research institutes, patent offices; administrative jobs in higher education establishments; scientific publishing and journalism; private companies; start-ups etc.

The Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources is one of the most international of the doctoral programmes at the University of Helsinki, with ca. 30% of the doctoral candidates originating from outside Finland, represented by over 15 nationalities. The pool of teaching staff is also highly international with many global cooperation partners. AGFOREE collaborates with top universities and research institutes in Europe, USA and Asia, and we maintain active contacts with developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Regular events are held where doctoral candidates are exposed to high calibre, high-impact international scientists who are visiting Finland and doctoral candidates are encouraged to participate in international research visits, courses and conferences abroad.

The Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources brings together research and teaching staff from several departments and institutes at the University of Helsinki; doctoral programmes at the University of Helsinki such as MBDP, DPPS, LUOVA, DENVI and ILS and doctoral programmes elsewhere in Finland. In addition, numerous networking partners collaborate with the Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources.

AGFOREE focuses on plant production, forests, domestic animals, technology, the environment and economy. Sustainable use of resources is imperative for the future of humankind, nature and planet Earth.

Many of the research fields included in AGFOREE integrate basic and applied research. We explore basic natural processes in phenomena spanning scales from the molecular to the global, and we study their socio-economic aspects and related environmental policy context.

AGFOREE trains doctoral candidates in the fields of agriculture, forestry, renewable natural resources and sustainable use of natural resources. AGFOREE covers both basic and applied research in these fields.

Subject areas covered by the programme include: biology, agriculture and forestry, environment

  • cultivated plants
  • forests
  • soil
  • peatlands
  • wetlands
  • domestic animals
  • pests
  • technology
  • environment
  • economy and society
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.
Faculties

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