Courses, degree structure and other information

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 pages to stay up-to-date on courses.

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

Monthly on selected Wednesdays at 15:00

Credits: 1-3 ECTS overall (requires confirmed participation in 8 seminars)

Participation confirmation:  By signing your name to the list at the seminar room B236A or via confirmation of online viewing (see below).

Additional information:  If you are viewing the seminar from your own computer, please sign in to the online seminar room with your full name and university (e.g. Jon Doe Helsinki).

10.1. University of Helsinki:
Katja Tuomainen (MSc, PhD candidate):
Oral squamous cell carcinoma drug sensitivity and resistance testing in 3D matrices
Online link

14.2. University of Turku

7.3. University of Oulu

11.4. University of Helsinki:
Abdelhakim Salem (DDS, PhD candidate):
Histamine H4 receptor: A novel therapeutic target in oral premalignancy and tongue cancer

9.5. University of Turku




National coordinators:

Appoint a local coordinator

  • Host should open the link 15 mins before the start and test the video and audio
  • Remember to enable the microphone (so the audience can ask questions)



  • 15 mins max (of which at least 5 mins should be introduction)
  • Think of one take-home message that you wish the audience to leave with.
  • Remember that the audience is of a very mixed and diverse academic background.
  • Do not go too deeply into methodology
  • Focus key messages that will appeal to a broad audience
  • It is a good idea to give a structured presentation eg: introduction, background, context, objectives, methods, results, limitations, clinical significance/implications, conclusions.
  • Every slide should be self-explicatory (In case the audience cannot hear you)
  • Make sure to include text in the slides.


  • Speak clearly and slowly
  • Use the mouse as a pointer, not a laser pointer as participants at different location can only see your computer screen
  • Stay on camera/microphone
  • The presenter should repeat the questions asked by the audience, so that the video audience can hear the question too

Send a pdf of the slides beforehand to findos-national(at)

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

Instructions for drafting a study plan and calculating credits

FINDOS Study guide in WebOodi

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

More information on the transition period is available in Flamma.

More information on the Big Wheel reform in Flamma


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 field-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.

FINDOS programme strongly encourages doctoral candidates to participate in various student activities to create an engaging and vibrant co-curricular experience. FINDOS student activities aim to develop leadership and transferable skills among the student community. Student activities include:


FINDOS Science Club is a student-led initiative that aims to develop the student’s transferable skills through meeting regularly in an informal way, networking, and working together on various activities. Engagement in such activities will have a valuable impact on both academic and social levels.

Some previous club sessions:

  • Meet Your Colleagues & Melt the Ice
    FINDOS students attended the first session of FINDOS Science club on November 26, 2014 where they gave brief backgrounds about their research interests, and they had the chance to know each other and start networking.
  • Prepare for Your International Conference
    These are lively and interactive series of interactive sessions started on 2015. Lectures cover the most important tips for good oral/poster presentations, collaboration proposals, and networking skills during international visits of FINDOS students.
  • Nordic Young Scientist Conference in Odontology (NYSCO 2016, Finland)

For more information and/or for taking part in the student activities please contact the student representative at: abdelhakim.salem(at)

FINDOS is a truly networked national doctoral programme. The collaboration benefits all parties. FINDOS Helsinki operates in the University of Helsinki, Institute of Dentistry, and it is part of the national network that consists of the units that give dental education in the Universities of Eastern Finland, Oulu and Turku. FINDOS doctoral programme also collaborates with the Institute of Biotechnology in the University of Helsinki. The Finnish Dental Society Apollonia and Planmeca Ltd. are also important partners for FINDOS.

The leadership and the responsibilies of the operation rotates between the four dental education units. In 2010-2013 the coordination was at the University of Turku, in 2014-2017 the coordination is at the University of Helsinki, and 2018-2021 the coordinator will be the University of Turku again.

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.