Prospective postgraduate students

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry conducts research for the benefit of the environment and humankind. Our research interests include, for example, nutrition, food technology, forest use and environmental science. Our goal is to employ research knowledge to enhance the sustainable use of natural resources.

Our research topics range from microbiology to rainforests. Our research is multidisciplinary, and our researchers have extensive and functional cooperation networks both within the University and with external research institutes. The research conducted at the Faculty is highly esteemed both in Finland and abroad.

Our doctoral students usually work in research groups funded by both the University and external funding providers.

Postgraduate research education is based on a Finnish second-cycle (Master’s) degree or an equivalent international degree that provides eligibility for corresponding postgraduate education. Persons who have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing postgraduate education by other means can only be accepted as postgraduate students in very exceptional cases (Universities Act 558/2009, section 37).

The doctoral degree comprises the doctoral dissertation and its defence in a public examination and 40 credits of theoretical studies. These credits are distributed between discipline-specific studies (30 credits) and general competence studies (10 credits). The degree requirements are Doctoral Programme specific.

The doctoral dissertation may be a monograph or a compilation of scientific publications or articles accepted for publication that deal with the same research problem, accompanied by a summarising article (i.e., an article-based dissertation). These may include co-authored articles.

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 Faculty verifies that the application documents fulfil the formal requirements and that the applicant is eligible to apply.

The doctoral programme evaluates the quality of the applications and submit a reasoned proposal on successful applicants to the Faculty. The doctoral programme will assess the applicant’s suitability for doctoral studies and the programme based on his or her academic performance, research plan and competence, taking into consideration the proposed supervision and monitoring group arrangements as well as the availability of resources essential to the realisation of the research plan. The doctoral programme may either recommend or reject the applicant in its statement. Rejections must be justified in writing.

The decision proposal will be prepared at the Faculty, and the decision to either grant or deny the right to study will be made by the dean. The decision will be made on the basis of the statement by the doctoral programme.

Applicants will be notified of the decision by e-mail. Applicants dissatisfied with an admission decision may submit a written appeal to the faculty council within 14 days and, in the next stage, to the administrative court within 30 days of the receipt of the decision. The appeal must be submitted in writing and indicate in detail the decision appealed against as well as the grounds for the appeal.

Timetable for decision-making on each of application round is seen on the website of the doctoral programme.