Courses and events

The date and time when registration for a particular course opens in WebOodi 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.

CVM degree structure consists of 10 credits of transferable skills training and 30 credits of scientific content studies. Please see in more detail in the degree structure file.



CVM degree structure and courses in Weboodi.

You can search for courses here:

Upcoming courses:

Survey design

Time: March 27-29, 2019
Place: Viikki campus
Teacher: Marika Wenemark, PhD,
Linköping University
Division of Community Medicine
Department of Medicine and Health Sciences

Course topics will include e.g.:

Doing surveys 2019 (possibilities and difficulties, response rates)
Basic questionnaire design (basics, common mistakes, different scales)
Methods for data collection (different modes, mixed modes)
Sampling (probability sample, sample size, non-probability sample)
Web surveys (layout issues, progress indicator, skip patterns, grid questions)
Psychology of survey response (cognitive process of answering a question, context effects)
Communication and motivation (language and communication and how to motivate respondents)
Data collection in practice (cover letter, planning, implementation)
Pretesting and evaluating survey questions and data collection procedure (pilot test, eye-tracking, cognitive interviews, translation and cultural adaptation)
Survey ethics (ethical issues in questionnaire, data collection and analysis/use of data)
Total survey quality (The concept of Total Survey Error, reporting on survey quality)

More information and registration coming later!

International courses

NOVA network
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry are members of the NOVA (The Nordic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural University Network). Students of members faculties may participate on NOVA courses free of charge (travel and accommodation not included).

NorDoc – Nordic Doctoral Training in Health Sciences network provides doctoral training courses in health offered by the NorDoc partner organisations:

- Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University (Denmark)
- Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bergen (Norway)
- The Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
- Sahlgrenska Akademin, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
- Doctoral School in Health Sciences, University of Helsinki (Finland)
- School of Health Sciences, University of Iceland (Iceland)
- Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
- Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme, University of Oulu (Finland)
- Graduate School of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark (NOT AVAILABLE YET)
- Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Education Unit (PGE), University of Turku

National courses

See national course list, for example, in FinBioNet page (→ FinBioNet course calendar).

Train­ing offered by DSHealth (Doctoral school in Health Sciences)

Courses offered by the Doctoral School in Health Sciences teach skills necessary for all professional researchers and experts in other scientific positions regardless of their scientific background. Please refer to the DSHealth doctoral school website for the most recent information on available courses.

It is also advisable that all CVM students join the DSHealth mailing list to stay up-to-date on DSHealth activities. As a member of you are automatically on that list. Information on joining the mailing list is available here.

Also, The Viikki-based Doctoral School in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences (YEB) has transferable skills education.

Sem­inars and other events in Viikki

Cell Biology Club (by ILS doctoral programme)

Microbiology seminars (by MBDP doctoral programme)

Virus Club (by MBDP doctoral programme)

Developmental biology journal club

Food Science

Other courses at the University of Helsinki

You may also find relevant courses in the Master’s Programmes of the University of Helsinki.

Or you can search from all University of Helsinki courses in English.

PhD courses organised by other doctoral programmes and schools

Information skills courses by the Helsinki University Library

Career planning courses by the University of Helsinki Career Services



How to get credits from the courses you have taken at the University of Helsinki or elsewhere?

See also Instructions for students website (In Finnish only so far).

Primarily the teacher or the responsible person of the course is responsible for taking the credits to the register. You can find the teacher(s)/responsible person(s) from the Courses page or from WebOodi

When you want to register courses or other studies completed elsewhere, or register credits for a conference in Finland or abroad, please provide the following documents/info:

  • Name and study number
  • Complete name, complete date(s), place and organizer of the course/conference/event
  • Certificate of attendance (usually you get one especially if you ask for it)
  • A screenshot/photo of the abstract book showing your abstract and the conference name
  • Conference report/other documentation needed to get the credits. You can check the requirements from WebOodi.

Send all this to the planning officer of your doctoral programme.

Please note that registering the credits may take up to 1 month.

CVM-131 CVM Autumn seminar

Time: 10.-11.10.2018
Place: Meilahti & Viikki

Autumn seminar is the main PhD training event of the year in the Doctoral Program of Clinical Veterinary Medicine congregating  doctoral candidates in a semi-social setting for science,  education and good company.

Registration is open soon HERE and closes on 26.9.

Please note! Supervisors are also warmly welcome to the seminar. If you can’t make it yourself, it is important to  encourage your students to join!

Preliminary program

Wed 10.10.

Biomedicum, Faculty Club (Haartmaninkatu 8)
Theme: Writing

8.30-9 Coffee & registration
9-12 Writing workshop by Caro Kiriakos (coffee at 11:45)
12-12.45 Lunch
12.45-14.30 Workshop continues
14.30 Coffee
14.45-16.30 Speed dating
17-20 Buffet dinner and drinks (Hotel Scandic Meilahti)

Thu 11.10.

Viikki, Clinicum, Paatsama-sali (Koetilantie 4)
Theme: Research community and you

9-10.30 "Methods and processes of strengthening the reporting of veterinary studies", Professor Päivi Rajala-Schultz
10.30-10.45 Coffee
10.45-11.15 Welcome to CVM, Q&A, Liisa Uotila, planning officer of CVM
11.15-11.45 Pre-Examination process, Anne Luoma, viikki-phd student services
11.45-12.15 Thessa workshop, Liisa Uotila
12.15-13 Lunch
13-13.30 HYVÄT (University of Helsinki PhD students), Anton Saressalo
13.30-15 Occupational psychologist Max Kuznetsov (Mehiläinen)
15-15.30 Conflict solving in a work community
Tom Böhling, vice-rector of UofH (bilingual affairs, community wellbeing and campus development)
15.30-16 Coffee and wrap-up