Instructions for applying for doctoral education will be updated here by early August 2017. For now, here are the main things you should know.
Who can apply
At the University of Helsinki, the term 'doctorate' refers to a PhD, and 'doctoral education' to postgraduate studies towards a PhD.
The main rule of eligibility is that you must hold either a Finnish Master’s degree or a foreign degree that is roughly comparable to a Finnish Master’s degree (ie. a so-called second cycle degree). A foreign degree is, as a rule, considered comparable when it makes you eligible to apply for doctoral studies in the country where you have completed the degree.
An important part of eligibility are the language requirements. The University of Helsinki demands an indication of academic level language skills of all applicants. Acquaint yourself with the language requirements in good time before applying to assure that you will have enough time to take a language test, if needed. More information on proving your language skills in English, Finnish or Swedish.
In many ways, the most important person in the whole process of obtaining a doctorate is your supervisor. He or she will supervise your research and guide you through your doctoral degree.
A good starting point for finding a potential supervisor at the University of Helsinki is TUHAT or the website of the doctoral programme that you are interested in applying for,
The research proposal is the most important part of your application. In the research plan, you should describe the topic of your proposed doctoral research, how it would link up with existing research, the sources or materials and methods to be used and so forth.
The study plan should include studies that support the completion of your doctoral thesis and your development as an expert in your field. The study plan should be planned to enable you to complete your studies in four years of full-time study. More information on the degree requirements in different doctoral programmes will be available in the University’s WebOodi course catalogue service by August.
In addition to your application, you will need to provide additional documents to verify your language skills and your academic background. Unless your Master's degree is from the University of Helsinki, these documents will need to be officially certified.