Doctoral degrees offered by the University of Helsinki are of a high quality and enjoy international recognition. Doctoral graduates from the University of Helsinki possess excellent skills and knowledge for research work and other demanding expert positions in both Finnish and international businesses and organisations. Would you like to be one of them?

Faculties and departments organise doctoral education in the form of systematic and goal-oriented doctoral programmes, which offer training that can be included in doctoral degrees completed at one or several faculties. A doctoral degree may, as decided by the faculty, include courses and modules offered by one or several doctoral programmes and doctoral schools.

A doctoral degree awarded by the University of Helsinki consists of a doctoral dissertation and related research as well as postgraduate studies of a scope of 60–80 credits (40–60 credits in degrees in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine). The postgraduate studies include courses and modules in the students’ research fields as well as more general studies that enhance their expertise.

Starting in autumn 2017 the University of Helsinki will have common admission periods for doctoral candidates. During the academic year 2017-2018 the admission periods are as follows:

1-14 September 2017
1-14 November 2017
1-14 February 2018
3-16 April 2017

In September and April all doctoral programmes admit new doctoral candidates; in addition some doctoral programmes admit new candidates also in November and April. Specific information on the application periods for each doctoral programme will be available in April 2017.