Doc­toral can­did­ates and Su­per­vi­sors

There are more than 170 supervisors and co supervisors who guide the scientific work.

Doctoral education in CVM includes national and international courses, congresses and work visits outside own working place. CVM has wide network of experts representing several fields in clinical veterinary medicine in the Universities, institutions, national organisations and industry. In addition, doctoral candidates’ own activities (Student council) and peer support helps in networking. Research expertise, other skills and career planning are followed in annual thesis committee meetings where outside scientific experts support the progress of doctoral candidates.

All doctors graduated from CVM are employed in expert positions in various fields in translational and clinical veterinary medicine in addition to animal welfare posts in academic, authority, clinical teacher, in clinical practice and industry as well as being independent entrepreneurs.

Fac­ulties and part­ners of CVM

University page:

University of Helsinki:

– Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
– Veterinary teaching hospital in Helsinki   (horses, small animals) and in Mäntsälä, Saari (production animals).
– Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
– Faculty of Biological and Environmental sciences
– Faculty of Behavioural Sciences
– HiLIFE: Institute of Biotechnology, Neuroscience Center

University of Turku, University of Eastern Finland, Åbo Akademy University, Tampere University of Technology, University of Oulu

Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira

Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)

Private sector, industry, authorities

NOVA (Nordic), BOVA (Baltic) networks

New doctoral candidates apply for the right to pursue a doctoral degree from their chosen doctoral programme. Make sure you are eligible for doctoral studies before applying! Applications are submitted via an electronic application form, please see more below.

The next application period is from April 2, 2019 09:00 AM EEST until April 15, 2019 03:00 PM EEST.
Applicants will be informed of the decisions by June 14, 2019. Those granted a study right must accept it by June 28, 2019. Study rights granted in the autumn round of applications will begin on August 1, 2019.

During the academic year 2018-2019 the application periods are as follows for Doctoral Programme:

  • 14 - 27 September, 2018
  • 1 - 14 November, 2018
  • 1 - 14 February, 2019
  • 2 - 15 April, 2019

General information on University webpages:

Apply for doctoral education (including information regarding language requirements)


Please read carefully all the criteria before applying. All the applications, which do not fulfill the guidelines and criteria, will be rejected.

General guidelines on doctoral admissions in the University of Helsinki:

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 Veterinary Medicine, Licenciate of Medicine or Licenciate of Dentistry degree in the University of Helsinki, are eligible to apply.

The purpose of student selection is to assess the motivation, commitment and aptitude of the applicants for studies. The right to complete a doctoral degree is granted on the basis of diplomas, certificates and other documents. The admission criteria include previous academic performance, the applicable content of previous studies to the prospective doctoral programme, the study plan and the research proposal.


  • 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


Applications are submitted via an electronic application form. The application form can be completed in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Follow the link - links are open when the call is open:

Finnish application form
Swedish application form
English application form

Prepare your application carefully, concentrating on the following sections below and all the required attachments to support your application.

  • Find a supervisor: In many ways, the most important person in the whole process of obtaining a doctoral degree is your supervisor. He or she will supervise your research and guide you through your studies. Applications to CVM require that you have a supervisor when you submit your application. A good starting point for finding a potential supervisor at the University of Helsinki is TUHAT. TUHAT is the University’s research portal where UH researchers update their latest publications and other activities. List of CVM supervisors is on our webpage. After finding a potential supervisor, contact him or her to discuss your research ideas and plans. Please note that professors and principal investigators get dozens of emails from potential doctoral candidates. If you want to get your email noticed, you must give the professor/ principal investigator the information they need, quickly, clearly and professionally.
  • Find a responsible professor and follow-up group for your doctoral studies and thesis
  • Write a research plan, it should be written directly to the electronic application form in English. Please see some guidelines for the research plan and the required documents. The following fields related to the research plan are included in the electronic application form (the number in parentheses indicates the maximum number of characters per field, spaces included):

    - Preliminary title of the doctoral thesis
    - Field of research
    - Specification or additional information on the field of research
    - Language of the dissertation
    - Other language skills needed for completing the doctoral dissertation
    - Brief summary of the research plan (2000)
    - Research plan contains mathematical special characters
    - Motivation for conducting doctoral research (2000)
    - Rationale for the research project (2000)
    - Objectives of the research and scientific impact of research results (2000)
    - Research methods (2000)
    - Research material to be used and its significance for the research project (1500)
    - Preliminary plan on the collection, usage and storage of the research material.  (1500)
    - Ethical issues (1000)
    - Does the research project require animal testing? (Yes or no)
    - The most important research literature references for the research plan (2500)
    - Form of the dissertation (an article-based dissertation or a monograph)
    - Publication plan (including a preliminary outline of the monograph) (1000)
    - Preliminary timetable and funding plan of your research (2000)
    - Grants and/or funded doctoral candidate positions applied / received thus far. (500)
    - I am planning to research: full-time / part-time
    - Estimated year of graduation

  • Compose a study plan: consult the Doctoral Programme degree structure to plan your doctoral studies. In the study plan, please indicate the course name (and code), credit number and estimated time of completion if known. You can find courses arranged by CVMon our webpage.

Documents to be attached to your electronic application form:

  • Copies of your previous degree certificate(s) (Master's degree or equivalent and potential Bachelor's degree)
  • Transcript of records for your previous degree(s) (Master's degree or equivalent and potential Bachelor's degree)
  • Certificate of language proficiency from a language test rather than through your educational background. NOTE! This document must also be sent in paper form to Admissions Services AND must arrive by the application deadline. Instructions for English, Finnish or Swedish language proficiency.
  • A permit by an Ethical Review Board and/or by the National Animal Experiment Board, if required by the research arrangement
  • A signed letter of commitment from your supervisor(s), the responsible professor as well as the proposed members of your thesis committee

Additional documents to be sent by post (NOTE: Only applicants whose previous degree is not from the University of Helsinki):

  • An officially certified copy of your previous degree certificate (Master's degree or equivalent)
  • An official transcript of studies included in the Master's degree (or equivalent)
  • Certificate of language proficiency from a language test

Please see more instructions here, please check also if the country-specific requirements apply to you. NOTE: The copies that are not certified as required will be invalid for the application process and the application will be rejected.

Submitting the application

Applications, along with the required additional documents, must be submitted by the end of the application period. Applications are submitted via an electronic application form, which closes at 15:00 EEST on the last day of the round of applications. Those applicants who are required to send certified copies of the additional documents by post must make sure that these documents arrive by the end of the application period. Applications and additional documents sent by email are not accepted. Incomplete applications are not considered.

The certified copies of additional documents must be delivered to the Admissions Services of the University of Helsinki. For instructions on how to submit your documents, please see here. For further information, please contact admissions[at]


The doctoral programme's board assesses all applications to the programme that meet the formal requirements. The board 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.

All applicants are informed about the decision by e-mail. The offered study right has to be accepted within a set time limit after the decision has been sent. Those who fail to report whether they accept the offer or to submit the requested documents by the deadline will lose their place.


Timetable for the decisions:

Application period

  Letters of acceptance to be sent by

  Deadline for accepting the offer

 Study right begins

14. - 27.9.2018




1. - 14.11.2018 31.1.2019 15.2.2019 1.3.2019
1. - 14.2.2019 1.4.2019 15.4.2019 1.5.2019
2. - 15.4.2019 14.6.2019 28.6.2019 1.8.2019

The so-called one place rule has extended to cover all education leading to a university degree, including doctoral and licentiate degrees. The rule of one study place per term concerns all degree programme application options.

Applicants dissatisfied with admissions decisions may appeal in writing to the faculty council or a body appointed by it within 14 days of the announcement of the admission results. Should you receive a decision rejecting your application, it will be accompanied by information on the appeals procedure.


For further information, please contact the University of Helsinki Admission Services,