Doc­toral education in Fac­ulty of Veterinary Medicine

The core of the doctoral degree is research. The degree also includes theoretical studies that support the doctoral student’s research. The target duration of doctoral studies is four years of full-time study.

Doctoral programmes and doctoral schools organise courses and seminars. In addition, they are responsible for the supervision and guidance of doctoral students.

More information about theorethical studies, supervision, mon­it­or­ing doc­toral stu­dents' study pro­gress and applying for the reinstatement of the study right is on Instructions for students web site.

Postgraduate degrees offered by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine are the following: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine may admit the following persons to pursue the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

  • holders of the Licentiate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (formerly the College of Veterinary Medicine) at the University of Helsinki
  • holders of an equivalent degree from a foreign university
  • persons who have been admitted to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine to pursue the Licentiate of Veterinary Medicine degree
  • persons whom the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has found otherwise qualified to pursue the doctoral degree

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine may admit the following persons to pursue the degree of Doctor of Philosophy:

  • holders of a Master's degree from a Finnish university
  • holders of an equivalent degree from a foreign university
  • persons whom the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has found qualified to pursue the doctoral degree

Each doctoral student will be assigned a responsible professor, who must be a professor or a docent employed by the faculty which will grant the degree. The responsible professor is familiar with the rules and practices related to doctoral education and doctoral degrees at the University of Helsinki. Responsible professor's duties do not include actual supervision responsibilities, but one of the student’s supervisors may be assigned as a responsible professor, provided he or she fulfils the above criteria. The responsible professor will be appointed at the same time as the supervisors.

In the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine following persons may act as the responsible professor for a doctoral student:

  • professor or associate professor
  • the person in charge of a discipline (if meeting the above criteria)
  • and on decision of the faculty, a person who meets the above criteria and has made a reasoned request to the faculty. 

 

Responsible professor

  • signs applicants application for doctoral study right,
  • is responsible for the continuity of student's supervision arrangements together with the board of the doctoral programme,
  • proposes pre-examiners, opponent, custos and the faculty representative(s) of the grading committee,
  • confirms the plagiarism report on thesis manuscript (done by Urkund plagiarism detection system),
  • approves the completed study modules included in doctoral degree

For the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 40 ECTS credits will be required in addition to the doctoral dissertation. These credits are distributed between discipline-specific studies (30 credits) and general competence studies (10 credits). The degree requirements are Doctoral Programme specific.

For doctoral students who have started before 1.8.2017, the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine consists of 40 credits of theoretical studies (10 credits of general studies and 30 credits of field-specific studies) and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy consists of 60 credits of theoretical studies (10 credits of general studies and 50 credits of field-specific studies).

The doctoral dissertation is a scientific report, based on independent research, of a topic in the student’s field of science. It may be an article-based dissertation or a monograph. Co-authored publications may be included if the author’s independent contribution to them can be verified.