All of the University's 32 doctoral programmes admit new doctoral students twice a year, in September and in April.
Recruitement as a PhD student primarily follows these steps:
- Contact a principal investigator who is working in a field that matches your background knowledge and interests in research. More information on how to find a supervisor below.
- If you and the principal investigator mutually agree on a common research project, start preparing your research and study plans, keeping in mind that the aim is to complete the doctoral degree in 4 years net time.
- Make a funding plan with your supervisor for the duration of the doctoral thesis work (more info on funding options here).
- Apply for a right to pursue doctoral degree in the University. More info on that is here →
Where to look for a supervisor
The first step towards doctoral studies is to find a supervisor for your PhD project. The University of Helsinki hosts many internationally prominent neuroscience research groups.
- Research at the Department of Biosciences
- Research at the Neuroscience Center
- Research in the Biomedicum Helsinki
- Research at the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE)
The supervisor can also be someone who is currently not on the list. Information on all researchers at the University of Helsinki is available at the research portal where here.
Once you have found a supervisor and agreed on a PhD project with him/her the next step is to apply for a doctoral study right at the University of Helsinki.
During the academic year 2017-2018 the admission periods are as follows:
1-14 September 2017
3-16 April 2018
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Admission criteria in the Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind:
- Motivation and CV of the applicant, success in previous studies
- Demonstration of adequate knowledge in relevant fields and potential of the applicant to develop into an independent researcher
- Scientific relevance and ambition of the research plan, use of relevant methodology
- Thematic fit of the research plan with the doctoral programme profile
- Funding plan and feasibility of the thesis project within the intended timeframe (net time 4 years)
- Supervisory and follow-up of progress arrangements, quality of the research environment
- In addition, the doctoral programme may organize an interview or an entrance exam.