In addition to the doctoral thesis, 30 credits of scientific content studies and 10 credits of general competence studies must be completed.

Degree requirements according to the Faculty system (60 credits) are only valid until 31.7.2020

Old degree requirements are in Instructions for Students web site.

  • Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

Each AGFOREE doctoral candidate must have a follow-up group that evaluates the candidate's progress and offers the candidate support throughout his/her doctoral studies. The first meeting must be arranged within four months after being accepted to AGFOREE after which the subsequent meetings must take place annually. Reports of the meetings must be submitted to AGFOREE in a timely manner.

The follow-up group’s tasks are to:

  • discuss the candidate’s research plan with him or her to ensure the plan is clear, feasible and relevant,
  • give the candidate constructive feedback on the progress of his or her postgraduate studies and research,
  • issue recommendations on studies supporting the candidate’s research work,
  • take up problems and/or issues that need to be addressed and notify the programme coordinator of them, and
  • help the candidate plan his or her post-dissertation career.

Group mem­bers

The candidate and the supervisor(s) together should assemble the candidate's follow-up group. The group must have at least two specialist members from a relevant field of research. Two of the members must hold the qualifications of a docent or equivalent knowledge and, to ensure objectivity, all of them must be independent of the candidate and the supervisor at the time of appointment. It should be noted that at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, only one of the two dissertation pre-examiners may be a member of the thesis advisory committee.

There are no limitations as to where the group members come from but it should be noted that neither AGFOREE nor faculties can offer financial support for their travel expenses. Many AGFOREE candidates may find at least one suitable group member from one of the governmental research institutes (SYKE, LUKE or Metsähallitus). It is also advisable that at least one of the group members is well familiar with the requirements for a PhD degree to make sure that the candidate completes the obligatory studies early on in the course of his or her doctoral studies.

While the group members may help the candidate in conceptual matters, and - should they and the candidate's research group so choose - even engage in scientific collaboration, it should be kept in mind that they are busy with students of their own and thus cannot be expected to contribute to data analysis etc.

The first meet­ing

The purpose of the first meeting is that the doctoral candidate introduces him/herself and the research plan to the follow-up group. The candidate is responsible for arranging the meeting and he/she should start scheduling it well in advance due to the hectic schedules of researchers. It is also good to book a room for the meeting early on.

At least one week prior to the scheduled meeting the candidate must send the committee his/her research plan and personal study plan. In the meeting, which format is flexible, the research plan and the personal study plan should be discussed. At the end of the meeting there should be a session where the doctoral candidate may discuss with the group without the supervisor being present, after which the supervisor may discuss with the group without the candidate being present.

An­nual meet­ings

Meetings with the follow-up group must take place annually, although on mutual agreement they may take place more often than once a year. If the first meeting was held during the spring term the annual meetings may also take place during the spring term.

The doctoral candidate must send the group members a report of his or her progress and an up-dated research plan at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting. Main emphasis of the discussion should be placed on the report and the candidate's future plans. As the research plan was already introduced in the first meeting it is not necessary to go through it once again unless major changes have been made.

At the end of the meeting there should be a session where the candidate may discuss with the group without the supervisor being present, after which the supervisor may discuss with the group without the candidate being present.

The pro­gress re­port

Please use the e-forms below to submit your yearly progress report

  1. Follow-up group meeting 1 e-form
  2. Follow-up group meeting 2 e-form
  3. Follow-up group meeting 3 e-form
  4. Follow-up group meeting 4 e-form 



AGFOREE alumni from the period 2014 - 2017 can be found here. Please note that the list is no longer updated.