Degree requirements

students who received the right to pursue a postgraduate degree on/after 1.8.2017:

  1. Studies based on the study plan, totalling at least 40 ECTS-compatible credits. These 40 credits must consist of 30 credits of discipline-specific studies and 10 credits of general competence studies. More specified degree requirements depend on the doctoral programme.
  2. A Licentiate thesis approved by the Faculty.

students who received the right to pursue a postgraduate degree before 1.8.2017:

  1. Studies based on the study plan, totalling at least 60 ECTS-compatible credits in the research area and general postgraduate studies. The general postgraduate studies must total at least 10 credits and must include studies in the philosophy of the discipline and in research ethics, studies preparing the student for specialist work, and international scientific activities.
  2. A Licentiate thesis approved by the Faculty.

students who received the right to pursue a postgraduate degree before 1.8.2008:

  1. Studies in the major and minor subjects based on the study plan, totalling at least 60 ECTS-compatible credits; minor subject studies must be at least at the intermediate level and must support major subject studies and research work.
  2. A Licentiate thesis approved by the Faculty.

For exceptional reasons, the Faculty may accept the incorporation of minor subject studies at the basic level into a Licentiate degree programme.

students who have received the right to pursue a postgraduate degree on/after 1.8.2017:

  1. A Licentiate of Philosophy degree in science, or studies specified in item 1 above in the degree requirements for Licentiate of Philosophy degrees.
  2. A published doctoral dissertation defended at a public examination after which the Faculty has accepted it.

students who have received the right to pursue a postgraduate degree before 1.8.2017

  1. A Licentiate of Philosophy degree in science, or studies specified in item 1 above in the degree requirements for Licentiate of Philosophy degrees.
  2. A published doctoral dissertation defended at a public examination after which the Faculty has accepted it.

students who have received the right to pursue a postgraduate degree before 1.8.2008:

  1. A Licentiate of Philosophy degree in science, or studies specified in item 1 above in the degree requirements for Licentiate of Philosophy degrees.
  2. A published doctoral dissertation defended at a public examination after which the Faculty has accepted it.

 

     

    The general criteria for doctoral dissertations at the University of Helsinki can be found here.