WHO CAN APPLY
According to the Universities Act (558/2009) section 37, admission for studies leading to a postgraduate research degree can be granted to an applicant who has 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.
Also applicants, who have not yet obtained their second cycle degree but have finalized the credits required for the degree, can apply. All credits required for a second cycle degree (or equivalent) education must be completed before the deadline for applications (see the table above), and a certificate of this degree must be presented before the doctoral study right can be granted (deadline for accepting the offer, see the table above).
More specific criteria are given in the admission criteria for the Doctoral School in Natural Sciences.
APPLICATION DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY ALL CANDIDATES
All applicants wishing to be considered must submit the following documents:
A. Electronic Application
The application form calls for information on your research and study plan, skills that support writing a doctoral dissertation, the title and abstract of your master’s thesis, as well as details on your supervisory arrangements.
The research plan is the most important part of your application, and it must be entered into the specified fields in the application form, divided into the sections described below. Please prepare your research plan according to this division and the maximum number of characters including spaces for each section. More specific information can be found below and the application form is open for approximately two weeks before the call.
The application form sections concerning the research plan (maximum number of characters including spaces in parentheses):
- Preliminary title of the doctoral thesis
- Field of research (menu)
- Specification or additional information on the field of research (unrestricted text field)
- Brief summary of the research plan (2,000)
- Research plan contains mathematical special characters or chemical formulas
- Motivation for conducting doctoral research (2,000)
- Rationale for the research project (2,000)
- Objectives of the research and scientific impact of research results (2,000)
- Research methods and materials to be used and its significance for the research project (3,500)
- Preliminary plan on the collection, use and storage of research material (1,500)
- Ethical issues (1,000)
- Does the research project require animal testing
- The most important literature references for the research plan (2,500)
- Form of the dissertation (article-based or monograph)
- Publication plan and timetable for the articles or a preliminary outline of the monograph (1,000)
- Preliminary timetable of your research (2,000)
- Planned funding for the research project including received and applied notable funding thus far (1,000)
- Estimated year of graduation
Previously acquired knowledge supporting the dissertation project and study plan (maximum number of characters, including spaces in parentheses):
- Previously acquired research knowledge (1,500)
- Possible previous publications and conference presentations (1,500)
- Possible international experience and other work experience relevant to your doctoral research (1,500)
- Possible career breaks (1,500)
Preliminary study plan (maximum number of characters, including spaces in parentheses)
- Preliminary study plan: Discipline-specific studies, 30 ECTS (1,500)
- Preliminary study plan: Transferable skills, 10 ECTS (1,500)
- Previously completed studies applicable to your doctoral degree, if any
- Title and abstract of the master’s thesis or equivalent (750)
Supervisory arrangements: supervisor(s)
B. Attachments to the Electronic Application
B1. Copies of your previous degree certificate(s) (Master's degree or equivalent, if already obtained, and potential Bachelor's degree)
B2. Transcript of records for your previous degree(s) (Master's degree or equivalent and potential Bachelor's degree)
B3. Verification of language skills, if applicable (see instructions for English, Finnish or Swedish)
B4. A permit by an Ethical Review Board and/or by the National Animal Experiment Board, if required by the research arrangement
B5. A signed letter of commitment (pdf) from the supervisor(s), who have agreed to supervise your thesis, and from the responsible professor. NOTE: If there are difficulties in obtaining the signatures due to corona virus situation, the supervisors can confirm their commitment to supervision to firstname.lastname@example.org.
C. Additional documents to be sent by post (applicants whose previous degree is not from the University of Helsinki)
C1. An officially certified copy of your previous degree certificate (Master's degree or equivalent, if already obtained)
C2. An officially certified copy a of detailed transcript of studies included in the Master's degree (or equvalent)
All educational documents must be either officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised, unless the degree has been awarded by the University of Helsinki. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish Notary Public will also be accepted. Please note, however, that there are country-specific document requirements in place for some degree-awarding countries. Documents from these countries must be attested or submitted in a certain way. These Country-Specific Requirements must be followed first and foremost, before any regular requirements for attesting documents.
C3. Verification of language skills. The University of Helsinki demands an indication of academic level language skills of all applicants. See information on the options of verifying your language skills in either English, Finnish or Swedish.
SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION
All applications must be submitted using the electronic application form. The required additional documents must be sent by post and must arrive by the end of the application period.
Applications and additional documents sent by email are not accepted. Incomplete applications are not considered.
The required additional documents should be sent to:
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
If sent via courier service, please use the following address:
Admission Services / University of Helsinki
Fabianinkatu 33, 1st floor