Dates of decisions on the right to study

Dates of admission decisions in the 2017 spring term (application deadline in brackets; applications must arrive by 15.00)*

Wed 28.6.2017 (21.6)

 

Dates of admission decisions in the 2017 fall term (application deadline in brackets; applications must arrive by 15.00)*

Wed 23.8 (9.8)

Wed 4.10 (20.9)

Wed 29.11 (15.11)

*Changes are possible – check this page for the latest information

Applications with their enclosures must be submitted to the following address:
Meilahti Student Services
PO Box 63 (Haartmaninkatu 8)
00014 University of Helsinki

Specialist training in medicine

The right to complete specialist training in medicine must be requested using this form. As stipulated by the Universities Act, the University of Helsinki may grant the right to pursue specialist training in medicine to a person who has received the right to practise medicine in Finland as a licensed professional. The right to pursue specialist training in medicine can be applied for after the applicant has been selected for a position or deputy position that provides eligibility for the training.

In addition, the Faculty of Medicine recommends that those who have completed an undergraduate medical degree outside Finland submit a certificate demonstrating at least satisfactory proficiency in Finnish or Swedish. Recommended language certificates include the National Certificate of Language Proficiency (level 3) provided by the Finnish National Board of Education or the Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificate (grade: satisfactory). Other appropriate means of demonstrating language skills include a course in Finnish (skills level 6–9) completed at the Helsinki Summer University, or Finnish upper secondary education or a Finnish matriculation examination completed in Finnish or Swedish.

Specialist training in dentistry

The right to complete specialist training in dentistry must be requested using this form. As stipulated in the Universities Act, the University of Helsinki may grant the right to pursue specialist training in dentistry to a person who has received the right to practise dentistry in Finland as a licensed professional and has performed full-time clinical work as a dentist for at least two years.

The right to pursue specialist training in dentistry can be applied for after the applicant has been selected for a position or deputy position that provides eligibility for the training. However, the Faculty Council decided on 28 August 2012 that a training post is not required for an applicant to be granted the right to study.

In addition, the Faculty of Medicine recommends that those who have completed an undergraduate dental degree outside Finland submit a certificate demonstrating at least satisfactory proficiency in Finnish or Swedish. Recommended language certificates include the National Certificate of Language Proficiency (level 3) provided by the Finnish National Board of Education or the Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificate (grade: satisfactory). Other appropriate means of demonstrating language skills include a course in Finnish (skills level 6–9) completed at the Helsinki Summer University, or Finnish upper secondary education or a Finnish matriculation examination completed in Finnish or Swedish.

The application to pursue specialist training must be submitted to the university responsible for the specific area in which the specialist training will be completed (specialising dentists must note that the training certificate will be issued by the university responsible for the specific area in which most of the academic education was completed).

Decisions on the right to study

The dean will grant the right to study for a single speciality. As a rule, decisions on the right to study are made in the middle of each month (except in July, when Student Services is closed and no decisions on study rights are made). The decision on admission will be mailed approximately one or two months after the application was submitted. The recipient should always keep the original decision and, if necessary, make copies of it for employers (e.g., for applications for special state subsidies). The decision on admission will be accompanied by instructions which recommend that the applicant contact the coordinator of the relevant speciality to confirm the training plan.

Coordinators of specialist training in medicine
Coordinators of specialist training in dentistry
Detailed instructions for common trunk training in the degree programme in surgery
Specialist studies in occupational health (Virtual University for Occupational Health Physicians)

Transferring from one speciality to another

If you wish to change your speciality, you must apply for the right to pursue studies in the new speciality by using the same application form you used to apply for your first right to study.

Licence to practise medicine / dentistry in Finland 

The application to pursue specialist training must be submitted to the university responsible for the specific area in which the specialist training will be completed (specialising physicians must note that the training certificate will be issued by the university responsible for the specific area in which most of the academic education was completed).

A medical doctor / dentist, who has been granted by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) a right or a license in Finland to engage in the profession of medical doctor / dentist as a registered professional person, can be accepted for specialist education.

To get the permit or a license to practice medicine / dentistry in Finland depends on whether the applicant is a citizen of an EU/ EEA member state and whether the applicant’s qualification was taken in or outside the EU/EEA country.

Valvira may grant the health care professionals applying for legalization either the right to practice as legalized health care professionals in Finland or, in certain cases, issue a limited (restricted) licence to practice their profession in Finland. The right to study may not be granted on the basis of a restricted authorisation (fixed-term authorisations and authorisations restricted to a specific hospital or community health centre). 

The services made after the date of the legalization (not during limited license) of Valvira are accepted for the training.  All the enclosures and documents have to be officially certified.

Training programs

The content of every program as well contact information can be found in Finnish 

  • Acut medicine
  • Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine 
  • Adolescent Psychiatry 
  • Cardiology 
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery 
  • Child Neurology 
  • Child Psychiatry 
  • Clinical Chemisty 
  • Clinical Genetics 
  • Clinical Haematology 
  • Clinical Microbiology 
  • Clinical Neurophysiology 
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy 
  • Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine       
  • Dermatology and Allergology 
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology 
  • Forensic Medicine 
  • Forensic Psychiatry 
  • Gastroenterological Surgery 
  • Gastroenterology 
  • General Practice 
  • General Surgery 
  • Geriatrics 
  • Hand Surgery 
  • Infectious Diseases 
  • Internal Medicine 
  • Nephrology 
  • Neurology 
  • Neurosurgery 
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology 
  • Occupational Health 
  • Oncology 
  • Ophthalmology 
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 
  • Orthopaedics and Traumatology 
  • Otorhinolaryngology 
  • Paediatric Surgery 
  • Paediatrics 
  • Pathology 
  • Phoniatrics 
  • Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 
  • Plastic Surgery 
  • Psychiatry 
  • Public Health 
  • Radiology 
  • Respiratory Medicine and Allergology 
  • Rheumatology 
  • Sports Medicine 
  • Urology 
  • Vascular Surgery 

Degree programmes leading to a specialist degree in dentistry

The degree programmes that lead to a specialist degree in dentistry include orthodontics, clinical dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as public health.
Clinical dentistry is further divided into the focus areas of cariology and endodontics, periodontology, paediatric dentistry, prosthetic dentistry and stomatognathic physiology as well as dental diagnosis. The specialist options in dental diagnosis are dental radiology and oral pathology.
Specialist training in dentistry requires three years of full-time study. The degree programme in oral and maxillofacial surgery requires six years to complete.