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Student admissions to specialist training in medicine and dentistry is carried out as a joint application procedure in national collaboration between five Finnish universities that provide medical training. There are two application periods each year, one in the autumn and one in the spring term.
Guidance and advice

Admissions Services provides further information on applying for specialist training in medicine and dentistry.

Contact information

Student Services at Meilahti provides guidance and advice to students. Student Services can be contacted in, for example, the following matters:

  • Currently valid rights to study
  • Completion of training
  • Attendance certificates
  • Training sites (approved health centres and hospitals)
  • Calculation of service periods
  • Specific training in general medical practice and applying for it 

Enquiries are to be sent to meilahti-specialist@helsinki.fi. For more detailed contact information, see here.

 

Application procedure

The application form is available at Studyinfo.fi, where applying also takes place. Write, for example, ‘specialist training in medicine’ in the search field at the top of the Studyinfo front page to browse available options.

Application period

Will be announced later

You cannot submit your application before or after the application period. Applications received outside application periods will not be considered in student admissions.

The University of Helsinki, the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Oulu, Tampere University and the University of Turku admit students to specialist training in medicine and dentistry according to uniform criteria. The requirements that applicants must fulfil are specified in the admissions criteria. In addition, the criteria describe the types of work experience and training experience for which initial points can be given.

  • You can apply for specialist training in medicine if you have a Finnish Licentiate of Medicine degree or an equivalent degree in medicine completed abroad. Furthermore, you must have a licence to practice your profession as a medical doctor in Finland granted by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health Valvira (the licence cannot be for a fixed term, limited in nature or tied to a specific site).
  • You can apply for specialist training in dentistry if you have a Finnish Licentiate of Dentistry degree or an equivalent degree in dentistry completed abroad. Furthermore, you must have a licence to practice your profession as a dentist in Finland granted by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health Valvira (the licence cannot be for a fixed term, limited in nature or tied to a specific site). In addition, you must have at least two years of professional experience in clinical work as a dentist after being granted the licence.
  • To complete the training, applicants must be sufficiently proficient in both Finnish and Swedish. The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health Valvira is responsible for verifying the language proficiency of doctors and dentists in conjunction with licensing. Language proficiency is assessed as part of the interview included in the application process. At the University of Helsinki, interviews can be held partially in Swedish, upon advance agreement, in addition to Finnish. Applicants should note that completing specialist training in medicine or dentistry requires sufficient skills in Finnish. Applicants must indicate on the application form, during the application period, if they wish the questions to be in Swedish. Even in such cases, some questions will still be in Finnish. Specialty-specific questions in the interviews are always in Finnish. The coordinator of the relevant specialty decides the language of the other questions. Applicants will learn the language of the questions in the interview.
  • Admissions to specialist training in medicine and dentistry is based on initial scoring, the interview and a trial period. Read more in the Admissions criteria document below:

Admissions criteria

Autumn 2020-Spring 2021 (in Finnish)

Student intake

Starting places at the University of Helsinki autumn 2020 and spring 2021 (in Finnish)

The required documents are to be electronically enclosed in the application form in the Studyinfo service.

Required attachments

Applicants who fail to submit the following attachments will be rejected.

  • Degree certificate from medicine or dentistry (authorised translation), if the degree was completed abroad
  • Certificate of a licence to practise the profession independently in Finland (decision by Valvira), and in the case of specialist training in dentistry, also a certificate of a limited licence (awarded immediately after graduation as a Licentiate of Dentistry)
  • In the admissions procedure for specialist training in dentistry, certificates for two years of clinical work as a dentist are required.
  • Letters of motivation

If applicants intend to refer to the following documents in the application process, they should submit them when applying.

  • Certificate of a completed doctoral degree
  • Certificate of attendance from the university that has awarded the right to pursue a doctoral degree
  • Scholarly articles
  • Certificates of employment specifying any discontinuations or absences, or the lack thereof
  • In the application procedure for specialist training in dentistry, the applicant’s list of training completed in the past three years and certificates of participation for the continuing education stated in the summary. The list must include the following details: name, the place and date of training, the training provider and the number of completed hours.
  • Certificate of previously completed specialist training in medicine
  • Certificate of previously completed specialist training in dentistry
  • Certificate of a previously granted right to complete specialist training in dentistry

Authorised translations

If your documents are in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, authorised translations into one of these languages are required. The following are accepted as authorised translations: 

  • A translation made by the educational institution that originally awarded the document (original document) 
  • A certified copy of a translation made by the educational institution that originally awarded the document 
  • A translation made by an authorised translator (original document) 
  • A certified copy of a translation made by an authorised translator 

Each page of authorised translations must bear the stamp and/or signature of the translator. Authorised translations must be accurate translations of the original documents. Translations done by applicants themselves are not accepted. Regular copies of authorised translations are not accepted; all copies must be certified. 

Applicants with a sufficiently high initial score will be invited for an interview. The number of applicants to be invited for an interview is determined in the admissions criteria.

Applicants invited for an interview will receive an invitation by email no later than approximately two weeks before the interview. If you need an accessible space or other special arrangements, please contact Admissions Services by email at hakijapalvelut@helsinki.fi.

If you are unable to attend the interview, you cannot be admitted to the training. For well-grounded reasons, such as illness, applicants can request a new interview slot. However, the universities cannot guarantee that one will be provided. The interview dates and locations for different specialties are listed below. Check the date for the interviews of your specialty and mark it in your calendar. The time of the interview cannot be changed.

Data protection

Applicants will receive information on the admissions results on the Studyinfo website and by email.

Admitted applicants will be offered a fixed-term specialty-specific right to study that will be confirmed as permanent after the trial period. Fixed-term study rights are valid for two years.

Applicants must accept the fixed-term right to study in accordance with the instructions provided in the acceptance letter. Neglecting to accept a student place by the deadline will result in the loss of the place. A right to study will be granted to one training programme at a time only. 

According to section 82 of the Universities Act (558/2009), applicants for admission may appeal against an admission decision to a body appointed by the University within 14 days of the announcement of the admissions results, as provided in the Administrative Procedure Act. When publishing the admissions results, the applicants must be told how to obtain information on how the selection criteria were applied. Admissions results cannot be changed to the detriment of any admitted applicants due to appeals.

Appeals must be submitted in writing to the authority or other entity performing a public administrative duty which made the decision. The appeal must indicate the decision appealed and specify what kind of rectification is sought and on what grounds (Administrative Procedure Act 434/2003, section 49d).

You must appeal in writing, and your appeal must indicate the following:

  • The decision you are appealing
  • The section of the decision for which you require a rectification
  • How the decision should be rectified
  • The grounds for your appeal
  • Your contact details (name, address, email, phone)

You must attach to your appeal the documents to which you wish to refer to in your appeal.

Before starting to draw up your appeal, familiarise yourself with a model appeal to gain an understanding of what appeals can look like. 

Submit one appeal for each application option whose admission decision you consider erroneous.

Submission of appeals

Appeals must be submitted by the time and date indicated in the result notification. Appeals received after the indicated deadline will not be processed.

You can submit your appeal to the University of Helsinki Admissions Services in one of the following ways. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we suggest applicants use the electronic submission option whenever possible.

1. As regular email

You can submit your appeal by email at hakijapalvelut@helsinki.fi.

Write ‘Appeal’ in the subject of your email message followed by the name of the training programme to which your appeal pertains (e.g., Appeal: application procedure for specialist training in medicine, training programme in acute medicine). Preferably send your appeal from the same email address you indicated as your address in the application form you used to apply to the University of Helsinki.

Please note that the University of Helsinki is not responsible for the information security of appeals sent via regular email. In other words, you can use regular email at your own risk.

2. As encrypted email

When necessary, you can submit your appeal to us via encrypted email if your appeal contains confidential information.

Typically, you need not include in the appeal your personal identity code or other confidential information, such as information about your life situation or health status, since they are not factors relevant to the admissions criteria. If you do include such personal data in your appeal, we recommend sending it via encrypted email.

To send encrypted email, see these instructions: Sending an encrypted email message to Admissions Services.

3. By mail or by personally delivering the appeal to the Admissions Services’ mailbox

We recommend submitting appeals primarily by email. If this is not possible, you can submit your appeal to us by mail or by personally delivering it to the Admissions Services’ mailbox.

Please note that appeals delivered in the mail must arrive at Admissions Services by the deadline indicated in the notification of results you have received. A postmark dated on the same day is not sufficient.

NB! Deliver your appeal to Admissions Services in only one of the above three ways, not in several ways or in any other way. Please note that appeals must be delivered specifically to Admissions Services, not any other University of Helsinki unit (e.g., the Registry, the Faculty or Student Services). 

Admissions Services staff do not accept documents in person. The glass door to Admissions Services in the Main Building of the University is locked, and it will not be opened for the reception of documents.

If you need guidance related to applying, you can book an appointment with an admissions advisor. Please note that admissions advisors do not accept documents and cannot assess the eligibility of individual documents for a specific purpose.

Address

Admissions Services
Specialist training in medicine and dentistry
PO Box 3 (Fabianinkatu 33), 00014 University of Helsinki

Appeal resolution

Appeals are processed by the Faculty Council within approximately two months from the end of the appeal period. In the summer (June–August), the processing usually takes longer, approximately three months.

Decisions on appeals by the Faculty Council can be further appealed to the local administrative court as stipulated in the Administrative Judicial Procedure Act (586/1996).

Conditional right to study and trial period

Applicants are admitted to a trial period on the basis of their total score. Successful applicants are offered a conditional right to study. To obtain a permanent right to study, admitted applicants must complete a six-month trial period. Recipients of a conditional right to study will receive a separate specialty-specific fixed-term right to study. 

Recipients of a conditional right to study must complete the trial period within two years of the admission decision. 

Instructions pertaining to the trial period are available on the Instructions for Students website.

 

Educational offerings

A total of 50 medical specialties and five dental specialties with specific focus areas are active at the University of Helsinki. The duration of specialist training in medicine is five to six years, while the duration of specialist training in dentistry is three to six years.

Explore the training programmes available at the University of Helsinki in the Studyinfo portal.

Requirements for completing the training are available in the course catalogue on the Instructions for Students website.

Instructions for Students

New students must familiarise themselves with the information available on the Instructions for Students website. The website contains information, among other things, on registering for the academic year, usernames and course catalogues, as well as on instructions pertaining to embarking on specialty-specific studies.

Course catalogues

The course catalogues for specialist training in medicine and dentistry are available on the Instructions for Students website. They provide information on the different training programmes and their requirements.

Language of study

Specialist training in medicine and dentistry is provided in Finnish.

To complete the training, applicants must be sufficiently proficient in both Finnish and Swedish. The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health Valvira is responsible for verifying the language proficiency of doctors and dentists in conjunction with licensing.

Specialising doctors and dentists need both Finnish and Swedish in their work. The act on the amendment of the Act on Health Care Professionals (1200/2007, section 18a) stipulates that a healthcare professional must have the knowledge of languages necessary for managing their duties. Specialising doctors and dentists themselves must ensure that they have sufficient language proficiency under the law to complete their studies in the health service system. Employers must always ensure that their employees have sufficient language skills for the duties they perform.

Language proficiency is assessed as part of the interview
  • Interviews are conducted in Finnish at the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Oulu, Tampere University and the University of Turku.
  • At the University of Helsinki, interviews can be held partially in Swedish, upon advance agreement, in addition to Finnish. Applicants should note that completing specialist training in medicine or dentistry requires sufficient skills in Finnish.
  • Applicants must indicate on the application form, during the application period, if they wish the questions to be in Swedish. In such cases, some questions will still be in Finnish.
  • Specialty-specific questions in the interviews are always in Finnish. The coordinator of the relevant specialty decides the language of the other questions. Applicants will learn the language of the questions in the interview.

 

If you have a valid right to complete specialist training in medicine or dentistry and you wish to transfer to another specialty, you have to apply through the joint application procedure.

If you have a valid right to complete specialist training in medicine or dentistry and you wish to transfer to another university, you have to apply through the joint application procedure.

You have to relinquish your previous right to study after completing the trial period, and a new right to study is granted on the basis of the results of the trial period.

Requesting interview assessments

Applicants can receive the assessment of their interview by email. Requests can be submitted to hakijapalvelut@helsinki.fi.

Assessment forms are stored for six months from the publication of the results, after which they will be destroyed.

A copy will be sent to you via encrypted email. You may order a copy of the assessment form after you have been notified of the completion of the admissions results. Please note that the assessors have given a joint score for each area of assessment on the form. The assessment form does not necessarily contain other information, that is, a written assessment.

We aim to send the copies requested without delay (on the same or next working day) after your request in the case that you request the copies before the end of the appeal period. After the end of the appeal period, the delivery of copies may take longer. Requests by rejected applicants are prioritised within the appeal period.

Copies of interview assessments are always delivered via encrypted email. It is not possible to pick up the ordered copies personally.