Prospective postgraduate students

One Health is the new research focus for the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. In One Health the previous focus areas, animal and human health welfare and translational veterinary medicine, merge into one strong research effort. The Faculty's multidisciplinary research enables interdisciplinary collaboration both within and outside the Faculty.

Our doctoral students usually work in research groups funded by both the University and external funding providers.

Postgraduate research education is based on a Finnish second-cycle (Master’s) degree or an equivalent international degree that provides eligibility for corresponding postgraduate education. Persons who have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing postgraduate education by other means can only be accepted as postgraduate students in very exceptional cases (Universities Act 558/2009, section 37).

A person who have been accepted to complete a Licenciate of Veterinary Medicine degree in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is eligible to apply the right to pursue the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Starting in the autumn 2017 the PhD application form is electronic. The application periods in the doctoral programmes coordinated at the Faculty of Veterinary medicine Doctoral programme in clinical veterinary medicine and Doctoral programme in food chain and health are

  • 1.–14.9.2017
  • 1.–14.11.2017
  • 1.–14.2.2018 and
  • 3.–16.4.2018

The application periods of the Doctoral programmes Microbiology and biotechnology, Integrative life sciences, Drug research and Brain and Mind are

  • 1.–14.9.2017 and
  • 3.–16.4.2018.

The processing of applications takes approximately eight weeks. The applicants will be informed of the Faculty’s decision in writing.

 See the University of Helsinki instructions on applying for a right to pursue a doctoral degee.

More detailed instructions are on the Doctoral programmes' web-pages. The application instructions of the programmes for the doctoral students of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine:

Doctoral Programme in Food Chain and Health (FoodHealth)

Doctoral Programme in Microbiology and Biotechnology (MBDP)

Doc­toral Pro­gramme in Clin­ical Veter­in­ary Medi­cine (CVM)

Doctoral Programme in Integrative Life Science (ILS)

Doctoral Programme in Drug Research (DPDR)

Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind (B & M)

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

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.

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.

The Faculty verifies that the application documents fulfil the formal requirements and that the applicant is eligible to apply.

The doctoral programme evaluates the quality of the applications and submit a reasoned proposal on successful applicants to the Faculty. The doctoral programme will assess the applicant’s suitability for doctoral studies and the programme based on his or her academic performance, research plan and competence, taking into consideration the proposed supervision and monitoring group arrangements as well as the availability of resources essential to the realisation of the research plan. The doctoral programme may either recommend or reject the applicant in its statement. Rejections must be justified in writing.

The decision proposal will be prepared at the Faculty, and the decision to either grant or deny the right to study will be made by the dean. The decision will be made on the basis of the statement by the doctoral programme.

The decision process may take as long as 8 weeks. The applicant has to accept the offered study place within the set time limit (appr. 2 weeks after receiving the acceptance mail).

Applicants will be notified of the decision by e-mail. Applicants dissatisfied with an admission decision may submit a written appeal to the dean within 14 days and, in the next stage, to the administrative court within 30 days of the receipt of the decision. The appeal must be submitted in writing and indicate in detail the decision appealed against as well as the grounds for the appeal.