The doctoral education system of the University of Helsinki consists of four doctoral schools and 32 doctoral programmes. New doctoral candidates apply doctoral programme membership at the same time as they apply postgraduate study right at the doctoral programme.
AIMING FOR A DOCTORATE IN THE DOCTORAL PROGRAMME IN CLINICAL RESEARCH (KLTO)
All doctoral candidates in the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research complete their doctoral degree in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki. There are two application periods per academic year, one during the spring term and one during the autumn term. If you are interested in doctoral training, please familiarise yourself with the application guidelines well before the next application period. A carefully prepared application is the first step towards the doctoral degree.
ADMISSION CRITERIA IN THE DOCTORAL PROGRAMME IN CLINICAL RESEARCH (KLTO)
- Scientific relevance and ambition of the research plan, use of relevant methodology
- Motivation and CV of the applicant, success in previous studies
- 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)
- Demonstration of adequate knowledge in relevant fields and potential of the applicant to develop into an independent researcher
- Supervisory and follow-up of progress arrangements, quality of the research environment
The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (KLTO) reserves the right to organize an interview.
When to apply?
The application periods in the academic year 2017 - 2018 are 1.-14.9.2017 and 3.-16.4.2018.
Who can apply?
According to the Universities Act (558/2009) section 37 eligible applicants for studies leading to a postgraduate research degree have completed
- An applicable second-cycle university degree
- An applicable second-cycle degree from a university of applied sciences, or
- An applicable education at an institution abroad providing eligibility for equivalent higher education in the country in question
- In addition, applicants who have been accepted to complete a Licenciate of Medicine or Licenciate of Dentistry degree in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, are eligible to apply.
An applicant may also be admitted to pursue a postgraduate research degree if the university finds him or her to have otherwise obtained the required knowledge and skills.
The doctoral programme's steering group assesses all applications to the programme that meet the formal requirements. The steering group draws up an admission proposal indicating the names of the admitted and rejected applicants, together with the reasons for each decision. The final decision is made by the degree-awarding Faculty.
Once the decisions have been made, applicants will be informed of them. If the decision is positive, the offered study place must be accepted within the set time limit. Should the decision be negative, it will be accompanied by information on the appeals procedure.
GRANTING THE RIGHT TO PURSUE A DOCTORAL DEGREE
The applications are evaluated by the Doctoral Programme’s board based the admission criteria. The Faculty of Medicine grant the right to pursue a doctoral degree based on the recommendation of the Doctoral programme’s board. All applicants are informed about the decision by e-mail. The offered study right has to be accepted within a month after the decision has been sent.
The so-called one study right rule has extended to cover all education leading to a university degree in Finland, including doctoral and licentiate degrees. The change will affect all studies that begin on August 1, 2016 or later. The rule of one study right means that if you are offered more than one study right at a higher education institution leading to a university degree starting at the same term, you may accept only one of them.