The Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences (ATM-DP) invites letters of intent for doctoral studiesin order to bring together excellent doctoral student candidates from outside the network of ATM-DP and doctoral student supervisors within ATM-DP. Through this contact the best students will have significant advantage for future calls for funded doctoral student positions, as well as for other funding opportunities appearing within ATM-DP network.

More information about the call

Application form (opens May 1st)

ATM-DP organizes events for its students. These are advertised via the mailing list.

The University of Helsinki has many events, organizations and associations for doctoral candidates. These include

  • The Association of Doctoral Students at the University of Helsinki. Visit the Association's blog and join in!
  • Kumpula Campus' Women in Science Group. Visit the group's blog for more information. All genders are welcome!
  • A Buddy programme for (new) international staff and doctoral students. For more info email unibuddy@helsinki.fi.
  • Tsemppi PhD. Take a look at the Tsemppi Blog where you will find relevant information on grant calls, academic and social events.

More information about joining the community can be found here

As of 1.8.2017 a doctoral degree at the Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric sciences consists of

  • a doctoral dissertation
  • scientific studies (at least 30 credits), and
  • studies in transferrable skills (10 credits).

The scientific studies consist of discipline-specific studies supporting the thesis research work as well as a course in research ethics. Compulsory courses in this module are: Research ethics (DONAS-401), 1 credit, Advanced analysis of atmosphere-surface interactions and feedbacks (ATMDP-003), 5 credits, and Postgraduate seminar (ATMDP-002), 2 credits. The course Climate change now (ATM-302), 5 credits, is recommended if the student does not possess necessary knowledge of climate change. The course Literature review in thesis subject (ATMDP-001), 1 credits, is recommended if the student does not have necessary knowledge of literature. Other courses in the module must be advanced-level courses in the master programme of atmospheric sciences which support the dissertation work. The courses can also be arranged by other institutes. The supervising professor will decide if the courses are suitable for the module.

The requirements for transferrable skills studies are common to all programmes of the Doctoral School in Natural Sciences and consist of

  • courses in different skills related to academic work (at least 4 cr; codes DONAS-1** or PED-5** or other suitable courses)
  • international activity and mobility (1-4 cr; codes DONAS-2**)
  • societal communication and organising tasks (codes DONAS-3**)

Information on degree requirements and courses offered can be found from the WebOodi Course Catalogue Service.

More information on the degree structure is also available on the University's general website on doctoral education.

Instructions for doctoral candidates on transferring to new degree structure (more detailed information can be found on Flamma).

This form can be used for the registration of study modules for doctoral students who are completing their degree according to the new degree structures (40 ECTS).

If you are completing your degree according to the old degree structure (60 ECTS), please contact your education coordinator (kumpula-student@helsinki.fi)

Instructions for defending your PhD can be found here.

The Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences offers both individual supervision and horizontal peer support for all doctoral candidates. Each candidate has up to three supervisors in order to ensure the required level of close contact with the student, level of academic expertise, and multi-disciplinary supervision. Additionally, all the candidates meet regularly in a guidance group, where students, post-doctoral researchers and professors share and acquire useful information both in practical and scientific issues.

The Programme carefully looks after the continuous planning and follow-up of the doctoral studies and of the succesfull co-operation between the candidate and the supervisors.