Doctoral studies

The doctoral degree comprises 60 credits of theoretical studies, the doctoral dissertation and its defence in a public examination.

The core of the doctoral degree is research. The degree also includes theoretical studies that support the doctoral student’s research.

Doctoral programmes organise courses and seminars. In addition, they are responsible for the supervision and guidance of doctoral students.

Postgraduate degrees offered by the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry include the following: Doctor of Science (Agriculture and Forestry), Licentiate of Science (Agriculture and Forestry), Doctor of Food Sciences, Licentiate of Food Sciences, and Doctor of Philosophy.

When approving an application for postgraduate studies, the Faculty will decide on the basis of the applicant’s previous studies and the topic of the planned doctoral dissertation to which degree the applicant’s studies will lead.

The doctoral programmes doctoral students may join in the  Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry are:


Doctoral Program in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources (AGFOREE)

Doctoral Programme in Microbiology and Biotechnology (MBDP)

Doctoral Programme in Food Chain and Health (FoodHealth)

Doctoral Programme in Plant Sciences (DPPS)

Doctoral Programme in Wildlife Biology Research (LUOVA)

Doctoral programme in Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences (DENVI)

Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences (ATM-DP)

Doctoral Programme in Population Health (DocPop)

Doctoral Programme in Integrative Life Science (ILS)

Doctoral Programme in Clinical Veterinary Medicine (CVM)

Doctoral Programme in Economics (DPE)

Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change (PSRC)


Detailed instructions how to apply for doctoral study right in these programmes in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry are found in the website of the chosen programme.

Doctoral programmes organise courses, seminars, workshops and other teaching tailored to the needs of doctoral students.

Details can be found on the My Studies website. You can also search for and view detailed information using the course information search service.

The current course catalogue can be found on WebOodi. A full list of studies offered by the doctoral schools and programmes can be found on the Doctoral schools and programmes website.

Instructions for scientific licentiate degrees are removed to to the Instructions for Students -service.

Licentiate thesis examiners are appointed by the Faculty Council. Licentiate theses are examined in accordance with the same guidelines and principles as doctoral dissertations. The Faculty Council grades the thesis on the basis of the examiners’ statements.