Courses and degree structures

The date and time when registration for a particular course opens is given in the course announcement. Once the call is opened a deadline for registrations is given. Usually the call for applications opens approximately one month and closes approximately two weeks before the course starts. These are only guidelines – always check the deadlines for the course you are interested in! Please follow your email and the doctoral programme homepages to stay up-to-date on courses.

NB! All information for doctoral candidates can be found in the instructions for Phd Candidates

 

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The new degree structure applies to everyone who gain their study right after 1.8.2017. Doctoral candidates who have received their study right before this date have the option to graduate based on either the new or the old degree structure until end of July 2020. From 1.8.2020 onwards everyone will follow the new degree structure. More information on the transition period is available in Flamma.

 

E-forms for Transferring to the new degree requirements:
FI: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/81011/lomake.html
SWE: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/81011/lomake.html?rinnakkaislomake=RUtohtori
ENG: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/81011/lomake.html?rinnakkaislomake=ENGtohtori

Please see rules for transition from the degree requirements of 2014–2017 to the curriculum of 2017–2020.

Instructions for drafting a study plan and calculating credits
KLTO study guide in WebOodi
More information on the Big Wheel reform in Flamma

CURRICULA AND TRANSITION GUIDELINES FOR THE DOCTORAL PROGRAMMES

In connection with the Big Wheel degree reform at the University of Helsinki, decision-making concerning the content of doctoral education is transferred to the curricula of the doctoral programmes. Students who obtained the right to study before 1 August 2017 can complete their degree in accordance with the old degree requirements by 31 July 2020. Starting on 1 August 2020, all doctoral candidates must complete their studies in accordance with the new, doctoral programme-specific degree requirements. Doctoral candidates can also choose to transfer to the new degree system earlier.  

All doctoral candidates who are not likely to complete their degree by 31 July 2020 are recommended to transfer to the new degree programmes. Doctoral candidates who have completed studies that will expire before the transition deadline are not recommended to transfer to the new degree system. In accordance with the Rector’s decision, studies completed under the new doctoral programme-specific requirements may not include studies completed over ten years ago. Doctoral candidates who transfer to the new degree programmes must complete their degree in accordance with the guidelines for the new degrees and studies that enter into force on 1 August 2017.  Doctoral candidates, who wish to complete their degree in accordance with the new degree requirements, must transfer before beginning the preliminary examination process of their dissertation.

Because the transition period to the new doctoral programmes is quite long, doctoral candidates are encouraged to make an unhurried transition. Before deciding to transfer, doctoral candidates must carefully read the curriculum and equivalence table of their doctoral programme (WebOodi) as well as any decisions regarding the transfer. Moreover, doctoral candidates are advised to check which studies they must complete in accordance with the new degree requirements before they can submit their dissertation for preliminary examination. It is also useful to consult one’s supervisor and/or coordinating professor and, if necessary, advisory committee about transferring to the new degree system. 

Doctoral candidates can transfer to the new degree system by submitting a notice. The binding notice of transferring is given by using an e-form. NB! Doctoral candidates who have transferred to a new degree programme cannot return to the old degree structure.

What will change?

Below, we have listed the primary changes in doctoral education based on the doctoral programme-specific curricula launched on 1 August 2017:

  • A doctoral degree comprises a dissertation and 40 credits of studies divided into substance-specific studies (30 cr) and general transferable skills studies (10 cr). However, the teaching provided by the doctoral programmes is equally available to students in the old and new degree system. Doctoral candidates do not need to have their old studies recognised in the new system or change the registration method of their studies. After Doctoral candidates have completed all their studies, the credits are included in the new modules.
  • Studies completed in accordance with the new doctoral programme-specific requirements may not include studies completed over ten years ago. This applies to all studies. Related calculations are based on the date the studies were completed or the date the last course included in the relevant study module was completed. Moreover, degree programmes may impose shorter validity periods on the studies included in the study modules they offer.
  • Studies used for a prior first- or second-cycle degree at a university or a university of applied sciences may not be incorporated into a doctoral degree completed at the University of Helsinki. Doctoral candidates must consult their supervisor regarding the recognition of other prior learning.
  • For doctoral candidates who complete their degree in accordance with a doctoral programme-specific curriculum, the scope of the studies specified in the degree diploma is restricted to the statutory scope of the degree increased by 10%. However, any studies completed at the University of Helsinki that are not included in the degree are specified in the study transcript. NB! However, doctoral candidates who obtained the right to study before 1 August 2017 and transfer to the new degree system can use all the studies they have completed up to the moment of the transfer.

The doctoral programme-specific requirements and study equivalence tables are available on the websites of the doctoral programmes and in the course catalogues in WebOodi. Doctoral candidates must also read the transfer rules available on Flamma here. Please submit any further questions to your Faculty.

The Faculty of Medicine appoints one or two supervisors to a doctoral candidate based on his or her application for the right to pursue a doctoral degree. Supervisors must hold a doctoral degree, and at least one supervisor must hold the qualifications of a docent.

Should a doctoral candidate have a multidisciplinary doctoral thesis, the candidate can be appointed a third supervisor with good reasons when applying for the right to pursue a doctoral degree. In this case, at least two of three supervisors must hold the qualifications of a docent, and one of the supervisor must come from a different field than the other two. Application for appointing a third supervisor can be done afterwards as well, with an informal application signed by the interested party.