Admissions

The doctoral education system of the University of Helsinki consists of four doctoral schools and 32 doctoral programmes. New doctoral candidates apply for doctoral programme membership at the same time as they apply for postgraduate study rights in one of the faculties.

Doctoral candidates in the Doctoral programme in Clinical Veterinary Medicine CVM may complete the following degrees: Doctor of Food Sciences, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Science (Agriculture and Forestry).

CVM’s responsible faculty is the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and its partner faculty is the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. Please, check which degree is available in the chosen faculty with your background studies. Both the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry have more specific instructions about its degrees.

CVM has four application periods in the academic year 2019-2020: in September, November, February and April.

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 https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/units-and-faculties

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

Other partners

  • 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

To start with, you should read the University’s general instructions for doctoral applicants where you can find detailed instructions on how to prepare the required documents for your application. Once you are acquainted with those, come back here to read more about the programme-specific selection criteria and instructions for applicants.

Eligibility to apply for

A successful application is formally eligible and scientifically suitable (in quality and in substance) for the doctoral programme. Eligibility is estimated in regards of background degree and included studies, and language proficiency. Only applications meeting the eligibility criteria continue for scientific evaluation in doctoral programmes.

To be able to apply, you must have your Master’s degrees studies (or equivalent) completed. If you have not graduated yet, you need to have your required studies (incl. thesis) completed, graded and registered by the end of the application period. This must be confirmed in a free-of form certificate by an official representative (e.g., Student Services Office) of the university admitting the degree. Applicants who are granted study rights must be able to present a verified copy of their official degree diploma before accepting the offered study place.

Applicants who have been admitted to pursue a licentiate degree in medicine or dentistry at a Finnish university or a licentiate degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Helsinki can also be admitted to pursue a postgraduate research degree. Furthermore, applicants licensed as a healthcare professional by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health or veterinarians licensed by the Finnish Food Authority who have completed applicable education abroad in their home country equivalent to a second-cycle university degree or a second-cycle degree from a university of applied sciences can be admitted.

Applicants who have been admitted to pursue a licentiate degree in medicine or dentistry at a Finnish university or a licentiate degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Helsinki can also be admitted to pursue a postgraduate research degree. Furthermore, applicants licensed as a healthcare professional by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health or veterinarians licensed by the Finnish Food Authority who have completed applicable education abroad in their home country equivalent to a second-cycle university degree or a second-cycle degree from a university of applied sciences can be admitted.

Next application period

The next application period is between 115 September 2020, 03:00 PM EEST.

Applicants will be informed of the decisions by November 27, 2020. Those granted a study right must accept it by December 11, 2020. Study rights granted in the September round of applications will begin on January 1, 2021.

During the autumn term 2020 and spring term 2021, the application periods will be:

  • 3–17 November 2020 (beginning of the study right 1.3.2021)
  • 2–16 February 2021 (beginning of the study right 1.5.2021)
  • 1–15 April 2021 (beginning of the study right 1.8.2021)

 

Applications must be submitted via the online application form. The link for the form can be found in the section ‘Submitting the application’.  Prepare your application carefully, concentrating on the sections below, supervision arrangements and in addition, to the educational documents required to support your application. Please, prepare your application and its documents in good time before the deadline. You may use this checklist to ensure, that you have all the necessary document.

Documents required for the application attached as scanned copies:

  • degree diploma
  • transcript of studies
  • language proficiency test result
  • approval by supervisors and members of the thesis committee

Documents needed as certified hard copies in mail:

  • certified official copies of your degree diploma, transcript of studies and official translations of these documents (if needed)
  • language proficiency test result (original)

Sections submitted directly to the application form

1. The research proposal is the most important part of your application. In the electronic application form, the research proposal is divided into the fields listed below. Prepare your research proposal right from the start to fit the different fields and their maximum lengths, so you will not need to start re-editing the proposal when filling in the application form.

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 (menu)
  • 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 or chemical formulas
  • 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 and materials to be used and its significance for the research project (2000)
  • Research methods 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 literature references for the research plan (2500)
  • Form of the dissertation (an article-based dissertation or a monograph)
  • Publication plan and timetable for the articles or a preliminary outline of the monograph (1000)   
  • Preliminary timetable for your research (2000)   
  • Planned funding for the research project including received and applied notable funding thus far (1000)
  • Estimated year of graduation
  • PLEASE NOTE that the in CVM, the research plan (the section of research methods) should include a description of the methods to be used and those who will be conducting the work in practice. The number of animals/samples needed for the study should be justified by running sample size calculations. If sample size calculation is not performed, this decision should also be justified. The research material field should include information on how and where the animals/samples are obtained. The research material field should include information on how and where the animals/samples are obtained.

2. Previously acquired knowledge supporting the dissertation project (the number in parentheses indicates the maximum number of characters per field, spaces included):

  • Previously acquired research knowledge
    Previous experience in research work, other scientific work and/or scientific merits, including possible academic awards and other academic acknowledgements.
  • Possible previous publications and conference presentations (1500)
  • Possible international experience and other work experience relevant to your doctoral research (1500)
  • Possible career breaks (1500)
    Here you have the option to list reasons that may have caused delay in your studies (for example: possible family leaves, military or civilian service).

3. A study plan (the number in parentheses indicates the maximum number of characters per field, spaces included):

  • Preliminary study plan: Discipline-specific studies, 30 ECTS (1500)
  • Preliminary study plan: General competence studies, 10 ECTS (1500)
  • Completed doctoral studies (in ECTS) up to date, if any

Doctoral programme degree structures can be found in WebOodi (Course catalogues – Doctoral Schools and Programmes) or consult the CVM degree structure and requirements to plan your doctoral studies.

4. The title and summary of your Master´s thesis or equivalent (750).

5. Supervision arrangements: supervisors and members of a thesis committee

In CVM a doctoral candidate must have 1-3 thesis supervisors with doctorate degrees. At least one of the supervisors must in addition hold the title of docent or have equivalent academic qualifications. In case where supervisor is also the responsible professor, another supervisor is required. The application must be supplemented with a supporting statement signed by the proposed thesis supervisor/supervisors.More information about potential CVM supervisors and their research interests can be found from University of Helsinki Research Portal.

All CVM supervisors commit to adhere to University instructions on supervision practices and to responsible conduct of research of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK. Supervision agreement in Thessa (a tool for the planning, supervision and monitoring of doctoral studies) obligatory for all new students and their supervisors starting from August 2020.

Every applicant needs to have also a responsible professor (a person in charge of studies) and a thesis committee when applying for the doctoral study right. See also Instructions how to get a thesis committee

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.

Your supervisors, responsible professors and thesis committee members must commit to support you during your doctoral studies by signing the form below which must be attached to your online application.

If you find it difficult to get signatures for your application due to the corona situation, you can ask the supervisors, responsible professor and thesis committee members to send a confirmation of their support directly to viikki-phd@helsinki.fi.

Approval for supervisors and members of the thesis committee - form

The applications, along with the required additional documents, must be submitted by the end of the application period. Applications are submitted using an electronic application form, which closes at 3 PM (Helsinki time) 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.

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 visit the page Eli­gib­il­ity and edu­ca­tional doc­u­ments.

For further information, please contact phd-admissions@helsinki.fi

If you have technical problems relating to the application form itself, please contact aava-admin@helsinki.fi

Study right applications submitted on 15 April

Applicants were informed of the decisions by June 12, 2020. Those granted a study right were required to accept it by June 22, 2020. Study rights granted in the April round of applications will begin on August 1, 2020.

Student admissions for doctoral programmes follow the general admissions policies for studies leading to a doctoral degree and clarifications to these policies specific to doctoral programmes. The Doctoral School in Health Sciences has decided the common criteria for all of its doctoral programmes, which have also been confirmed by each Faculty. See the exact criteria of the doctoral programmes of the Doctoral School in Health Sciences.