First of all you need to find a supervisor for your PhD project. Unfortunately the LUOVA coordinator cannot help you to find a supervisor but you must contact suitable researchers yourself. To get started, please see the list of our supervisors. The supervisor can also be someone who is currently not on the list. Information on all researchers at the University of Helsinki is available here.
Once you have found a supervisor and agreed on a PhD project with him/her the next step is to apply for a PhD study right at LUOVA.
The application process in a nutshell
The applications, along with the required additional documents, must be submitted by the end of the application period. Applications are submitted via an electronic application form, which closes at 3.00 PM (Helsinki time) on the last day of the round of applications.
WHO CAN APPLY
According to the Universities Act (558/2009) section 37 eligible applicants for studies leading to a postgraduate research degree have completed
- An applicable second-cycle university degree,
- An applicable second-cycle degree from a university of applied sciences, or
- An applicable education at an institution abroad providing eligibility for equivalent higher education in the country in question.
An applicant may also be admitted to pursue a postgraduate research degree if the University finds him or her to have otherwise obtained the required knowledge and skills.
APPLICATION DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY ALL CANDIDATES
All applicants wishing to be considered must submit the following documents:
A. Electronic Application (form open during the application period), including
A1. A research proposal. Please use the University of Helsinki research plan template to draw up your research plan.
A2. A study plan. Please acquaint yourself with the doctoral programme’s curriculum before drawing up your study plan
A3. The title and summary of your Master´s thesis or equivalent or a description of previous academic publications.
A4. The names of the supervisors, who have agreed to supervise your thesis. For further information on the requirements placed on supervision, please see the programme specific selection criteria
B. Attachments to the Electronic Application
B1. Copies of your previous degree certificate(s) (Master's degree or equivalent and potential Bachelor's degree)
B2. Transcript of records for your previous degree(s) (Master's degree or equivalent and potential Bachelor's degree)
B3. Verification of language skills, if applicable (see instructions for English, Finnish or Swedish)
B4. A permit by an Ethical Review Board and/or by the National Animal Experiment Board, if required by the research arrangement
B5. A signed letter of commitment from the responsible professor as well as the supervisor(s), who have agreed to supervise your thesis, and the thesis advisory committee. Please use this form.
C. Additional documents to be sent by post (applicants whose previous degree is not from the University of Helsinki)
C1. An officially certified copy of your previous degree certificate (Master's degree or equivalent)
C2. An officially certified copy a of detailed transcript of studies included in the Master's degree (or equvalent)
All educational documents must be either officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised, unless the degree has been awarded by the University of Helsinki. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish Notary Public will also be accepted. Please note, however, that there are country-specific document requirements in place for some degree-awarding countries. Documents from these countries must be attested or submitted in a certain way. These Country-Specific Requirements must be followed first and foremost, before any regular requirements for attesting documents.
C3. Verification of language skills. The University of Helsinki demands an indication of academic level language skills of all applicants. See information on the options of verifying your language skills in either Finnish, Swedish or English.
PROGRAMME SPECIFIC CRITERIA
Selection criteria in LUOVA
SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION
All applications must be submitted using the electronic application form.
Hakulomake suomeksi: https://aava.it.helsinki.fi/aava/doctoral?locale=fi
Application in English: https://aava.it.helsinki.fi/aava/doctoral?locale=en
Ansökningsblanketten på svenska: https://aava.it.helsinki.fi/aava/doctoral?locale=sv
The required additional documents must be sent by post and must arrive by the end of the application period.
Applications and additional documents sent by email are not accepted. Incomplete applications are not considered.
The required additional documents should be sent to:
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
If sent via courier service, please use the following address:
Admission Services / University of Helsinki
Fabianinkatu 33, 1st floor
The purpose of student selection is to assess the motivation, commitment and aptitude of the applicants for studies. The right to complete a doctoral degree is granted on the basis of diplomas, certificates and other documents. The admission criteria include previous academic performance, the applicable content of previous studies to the prospective doctoral programme, the study plan and the research proposal.
When selecting students for doctoral education, it must be ensured that the admitted students have access to high-quality supervision and support related to the topic of their doctoral dissertation. Applications can be rejected if no suitable supervisor can be designated for the dissertation. See programme specific admission criteria for more details.
The doctoral programme's steering group assesses all applications to the programme that meet the formal requirements. The steering group draws up an admission proposal indicating the names of the admitted and rejected applicants, together with the reasons for each decision. The final decision is made by the degree-awarding Faculty.
Applicants will be informed of the admission results, including the reasons for them by a letter of acceptance, to be sent by e-mail to the address given in the application. Admitted applicants must report whether they accept the offer by a specified deadline. Those who fail to report whether they accept the offer or to submit the requested documents by the deadline will lose their place.
Timetable for the decisions, deadlines for accepting the offer and default dates for the beginning of the study right
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ONE PLACE RULE
The so-called one place rule has extended to cover all education leading to a university degree, including doctoral and licentiate degrees. The rule of one study place per term concerns all degree programme application options.
The main points are:
- If you are offered more than one study place at a higher education institution leading to a university degree starting at the same term, you may accept only one of them
- A place of study granted through a university-to-university transfer within Finland is not governed by this rule.
- Accordingly, you may be completing several on-going degree programmes simultaneously, but only if your admission to these programmes has been granted in different terms.
Applicants dissatisfied with admissions decisions may appeal in writing to the faculty council or a body appointed by it within 14 days of the announcement of the admission results. Should you receive a decision rejecting your application, it will be accompanied by information on the appeals procedure.
Please familiarize yourself also with the Code of Conduct of the YEB doctoral school. The code of conduct describes the minimum requirements set for all doctoral candidates and supervisors in YEB, hence for all students and supervisors in LUOVA. The aim is to establish good practices that enable completion of the doctoral degree within four years of full-time study.
The structure of PhD degrees changes on August 1st, 2017
All new doctoral candidates receiving their PhD study right on August 1st, 2017 or later will complete their degree according to the new requirements set by LUOVA. For doctoral candidates already holding a PhD study right the transition period will be three years and end on July 31st, 2020. The transition into the new degree requirements will be organised as flexibly as possible so as not to unnecessarily hamper or delay studies. During the transition period, doctoral candidates may complete their degrees in accordance with the old degree requirements, but they may also transfer to the new degree requirements. After having transferred to the new degree requirements, docotral candidates may not return to the old degree structure to complete their studies.
LUOVA degree structure (valid from 1.8.2017)