Study rights

The Faculty of Medicine offers limited opportunities to pursue minor subject studies, non-degree studies as well as studies under the Flexible Study Right Scheme JOO. After having obtained the right to study at the Faculty, students may pursue the following studies:

NOTE! the right to non-degree studies will be issued by the new courses offered from academic year 2017-2018.

In psychology or logopedics graduates will not be granted the rights for non-degree studies. It is possible to apply for a Master's degree in psychology. After being accepted to the programme new students can apply for the accreditation of some of the studies already completed.

Students from other faculties of the University of Helsinki may pursue a restricted amount of minor subject studies in the following discipline: public health. When deciding on the right to study, the Faculty will consider the following: agreed quotas (if any), justifications given by the applicants for applying and teaching resources. Applicants must submit a freely written, reasoned application to the unit responsible for teaching in the relevant discipline.  The application deadlines are 30 April and 31 October, unless otherwise specified by the relevant disciplines. The discipline coordinator or professor will grant the right to study. The right to study will be valid for a fixed term (an academic year or two at the most depending on the scope of studies).

Further information: meilahti-student@helsinki.fi

Persons who are not, or have not been, enrolled as degree students at the University of Helsinki may be granted the right to complete non-degree studies. Non-degree students do not have the right to complete a degree at the University and do not enjoy the same benefits as enrolled students. The right to pursue non-degree studies applies only to those studies for which the right has been granted and is valid for a maximum of two years (non-degree courses for a maximum of one year) at a time. As a rule, the right to complete non-degree studies will not be granted if equivalent studies can be completed at the University of Helsinki Open University.

The right to complete non-degree studies can be granted to applicants who wish to improve their professional qualifications or to incorporate the studies in question in a degree to be completed at another educational institution. Non-degree studies are available in public health. In addition, at the proposal of the discipline professors (or programme director in dentistry), the right to pursue non-degree studies can be granted for completing individual courses if equivalent courses are not available at the applicant’s home institution or faculty. When making the decision, the Faculty will consider the applicant’s grounds for wishing to pursue the studies as well as the teaching resources of the unit responsible for teaching in the relevant discipline. The right to pursue non-degree studies must be applied for using the appropriate form available from Student Services.

The application deadlines are 30 April and 31 October, unless otherwise specified by the relevant disciplines. The dean will grant the right to pursue non-degree studies based on the statement submitted by the discipline professor (or programme director in dentistry) from the relevant unit.

The fee collected for non-degree studies is 15 euros per credit. The fee must be paid using the bank transfer slip attached to the decision on granting the right to pursue non-degree studies. Students must present a receipt of the paid fee to the unit responsible for teaching in the relevant discipline before they can begin their studies. The fees cannot be refunded.

Application for the right to complete non-degree studies

Further information: meilahti-student@helsinki.fi

All Finnish universities participate in the Flexible Study Right Scheme (JOO). The agreement allows degree students to include studies from other Finnish universities in their degree. Flexible studies are free of charge. The student must be registered for attendance in his or her home university to be able to apply for the flexible study right and to complete studies in another university. The JOO online service features instructions for application, information on available flexible studies as well as the electronic application form, see confluence.csc.fi

The national JOO Flexible Study Rights Scheme enables students of the Faculty of Medicine to apply for the right to complete studies at another Finnish university if they are not offered at the University of Helsinki and the student intends to include the studies in a degree completed at the Faculty.  The decision on granting the right is made by the target university, based on a supportive statement from the Faculty of Medicine. Because the Faculty will pay for the studies of its students in the Flexible Study Rights Scheme, it will give a supporting statement for no more than a module of optional studies (a maximum of 10 credits to be incorporated in an undergraduate degree). The application for studies to be pursued under the Flexible Study Rights Scheme must be submitted in the electronic application system. The decision to support an application will be made by Student Services.

Students from other Finnish universities may use the JOO scheme to apply for a right to complete studies or courses in disciplines that the Faculty offers to minor subject students. The student’s home university must support the application for the right to be granted. The dean will grant the right to pursue flexible studies based on the statement submitted by the discipline professor or unit director of the relevant institution.  When deciding on the right to study, the Faculty will consider teaching resources and any restrictions to participation in instruction.

Further information: meilahti-student@helsinki.fi

The University of Helsinki applies a system of study progress checkpoints (ETAPPI) to support smooth study progress. Through this system, students who are falling behind in their studies will receive support in the form of counselling and a personal study plan. 

Beginning on January 1, 2016, the implementation of the Etappi checkpoint system will not be carried out during the upcoming two years. For those students who at the moment are affected by Etappi, the registration block in Oodi will be lifted. For those students who have started their studies before 1.8.2005 the Etappi checkpoint system will be discontinued altogether.

During 2016 and 2017 the study progress is still monitored. Students receive guidance and counselling e.g. when devising their personal study plans (PSP) and from staff providing guidance within the faculties, departments and subjects. All departments and faculties also have access to the tools within the Oodi student register system which help in monitoring the study progress of students.

The break in the implementation of the Etappi checkpoint system in 2016 and 2017 does not affect the study progress checks carried out by the Finnish Social Security Institution KELA for those students receiving student financial aid from KELA.

The Etappi checkpoint system is temporarily discontinued as the study administration at the University, in a situation when resources are reduced, wants to focus on its core duties: student selection, support for study progress and the graduation of students.

During the years 2016 and 2017 the support services for studies and study counselling will be renewed as a part of the bigger reorganization of the University administration. The study administration will develop new tools and methods for counselling to ensure even better support and guidance for the study progress of all students, not just for those who are not able to graduate within the set study time. In the coming years the University wishes to establish common practices for all study and student services at the University.

Students who began their studies on or after 1 August 2005 have a restricted right to study. Further information on the normative duration of studies and the limits on the right to study can be found at Instructions for students.