As of 1.8.2017 a doctoral degree at the Doctoral Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences (CHEMS) consists of:

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

The scientific studies (at least 30 credits) 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) and CHEMS Seminar (CHEMS-001), 1-2 credits. An optional course is Book exam (CHEMS-002), 1-6 credits.

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 structure in CHEMS can be found from the WebOodi. More information on the degree structure is also available on the Univeristy's general website on doctoral education.

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

List of supervisors attached to CHEMS, grouped by research fields

Department of Chemistry

Faculty of Pharmacy

Department of Physics

Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Chemistry Teacher Education

On 26th October 2017, the steering board of CHEMS decided to award University funded doctoral candidate positions to the following applicants:

  • Kajsa Roslund, for a period of 4 years
  • Outi Haapanen, for a period of 2 years
  • Valtteri Suorsa, for a period of 2 years

The steering board congratulates the successful candidates, and wishes to thank all the applicants.

 

Follow-up of the thesis project in THESSA only for for Doctoral candidates who have received the right to pursue doctoral degree in July 2018 or later

WHY THESSA During 2018 all doctoral programmes at the University of Helsinki will start implementing Rector’s decision 801/2017. In practice this means that doctoral candidates who receive the right to pursue a doctoral degree in one of the DSHealth doctoral programmes in July 2018 or later are required to use THESSA (https://thessa.helsinki.fi/), an online tool used for planning and following up PhD studies . THESSA can be accessed with University of Helsinki login credentials or with the non-university login for those coming from outside UH. THESSA is easy to use and will not require much time to set up. Log in to the system and check the Help-page first for instructions. Before registering, contact your supervisor and the thesis committee members and let them know the instructions. This way they can expect receiving email notifications from THESSA. Please note that THESSA sends automatic email notifications that may end up in the junk mail folder. 

First task of a new doctoral candidate is to draw up a personal study plan. A doctoral candidate and his/her supervisor may sign a supervision agreement, which will be mandatory for all doctoral candidates from August 2020 onwards. The personal study plan and the supervision agreement are made electronically in the THESSA-system for doctoral candidates and thesis supervisors.

THESSA in a NUTSHELL

1. Supervision plans

The supervision plan is a set of decisions made face-to-face between the doctoral candidate and the supervisor(s) to make sure that the progress of the thesis project is as smooth as possible. The plan is created with the supervisor's account and the doctoral candidate (and the potential other supervisors) sign the plan.

2. PhD project

The PhD project is a place for doctoral candidates to plan the thesis project's parts and keep track of progress. The parts include for example publications, courses and funding. These can be stored in THESSA and accessed by the supervisors. A benefit of keeping track of the progress is that it reduces the load of writing the annual report as most of the content can automatically be copied from the PhD project to the report.

3. Annual reports

THESSA asks doctoral candidates to complete a report of their PhD project's progress at least once a year during the doctoral studies. The report is a snapshot of the current progress and that's why most of it can be automatically copied from the PhD project. There are however some additional fields that the doctoral candidate needs to complete. After submitting, all supervisors will be notified of the new report. One supervisor then reviews the report and either accepts it as it is or leaves review comments. The doctoral candidate gets a notification about review comments and is required to resubmit the report. Finally, the supervisor(s) accept the report. THESSA sends out reminder emails about reporting deadlines. The report's deadline is one year after the later date of either the last report or the beginning of doctoral studies.

SETTING UP THESSA IN 4 EASY STEPS

1. The supervisor signs in to THESSA at https://thessa.helsinki.fi (also available for supervisors outside the University of Helsinki)

2. The doctoral candidate signs in THESSA at https://thessa.helsinki.fi

3. The doctoral programme admin approves the doctoral candidates THESSA-account

4. The supervisor receives an email from thessa-admin@helsinki.fi to verify the doctoral candidate’s account

NOTE! THESSA requires that the doctoral candidate has at least one supervisor at all times. The doctoral candidate will need to find and choose the supervisor(s) in THESSA. Supervisors cannot choose doctoral candidates. In this way THESSA protects unauthorized access to the doctoral candidate's information: doctoral candidates are themselves the gatekeepers. Information about the supervisory arrangements can later be edited at the Profile page. After signing in and when the doctoral programme has approved the account, the doctoral candidate can start using the “My PhD project” section in THESSA

THESIS COMMITTEE AND FOLLOW-UP REPORTING

1. The doctoral candidate invites the thesis committee members in to sign in to THESSA 

2. The members receive an email from thessa-admin@helsinki.fi to join the thesis committee

3. Once the thesis committee is set up, the annual progress report can be generated and submitted

4. The thesis committee members can view and comment the progress report in THESSA before the meeting

5. The thesis committee meeting approves the annual progress report

6. At the end of the meeting, the doctoral candidate submits the Conclusions & Recommendations as agreed

7. One year later, THESSA reminds the doctoral candidate to organize the next thesis committee meeting

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)