As a part of the University of Helsinki, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine also belongs to the League of European Research Universities (LERU), which is the consortium of the most renowned research universities in Europe. The research conducted at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is multi-disciplinary and of a high standard internationally. Doctoral students are significant contributors to this research.
The doctoral degree is the highest academic degree and qualifies the graduate first and foremost for research positions. The core of the doctoral degree consists of research conducted under an experienced researcher’s supervision. The degree also includes 40 - 60 credits of theoretical studies. In addition, the public defence of the dissertation is an integral part of doctoral studies.
The Faculty of Veterinary medicine offers the following doctoral degrees: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM, PhD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Some 16 doctors graduate from the Faculty every year.