When you are accepted as a doctoral student at the University of Helsinki you will receive an acceptance letter from your faculty. In the acceptance letter you will find instructions on how to accept your place of study and how to enroll for your first year as a doctoral student.

If you don't accept the place of study by the deadline given by the faculty, you will lose your right to study at the University of Helsinki.

Please note that a first-year student may register as non-attending for the first academic year for the following reasons only:

  • service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995);
  • maternity, paternity or parental leave;
  • the student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury.

When your right to pursue a doctoral degree is registered in the student information system, your basic personal information is also registered. Also the information on which doctoral programme you belong to as well as the information on the activity of your studies, i.e. are you completing your studies full- or part-time, is registered in the student register.

If you have been granted a study right as a doctoral student already earlier, you can find more information on the annual registration on the Registration for the academic year.

One place rule will be extended to cover all education leading to a university degree. This change will affect programmes that begin on August 1, 2016 or later. This 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.
  • This change affects also postgraduate studies of the licentiate and the doctor.
  • 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.

With a certificate of student status you can prove that you are a student at the University of Helsinki. A certificate of student status will be mailed to you after your information has been saved in the university's student register.

After you have received an email or a certificate of student status from the student register you can activate your username. Detailed instructions on how to activate your username can be found on a page maintained by Helpdesk.

At the University of Helsinki there is a system for monitoring doctoral (postgraduate, PhD) students’ study progress. The system offers support and academic advice to doctoral students whose studies are in danger of being delayed.

The system screens out students who were granted the right to pursue a postgraduate degree six years ago or more, and who have not completed their degree. The study progress is surveyed annually in the spring.

As a doctoral student, if your degree is not completed before the end of the academic year (31 July), you must devise a personal study plan.

The screening does not affect your right to pursue a degree, but a registration block will be set. The registration block will be removed when you present a study plan that is approved by your faculty. After this you may register as an attending student and continue with your studies.