WHO CAN APPLY
If you want to apply for a doctoral study right in the DoCS programme, you must fulfill the general rules of eligibility. In addition to that, your previous degree must be relevant to the planned research topic and discipline. A degree is regarded as relevant, if it includes sufficient studies in Computer Science, and it can be regarded as a suitable basis for doctoral studies. Typically, such a previous degree for the DoCS students has been a MSc degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Data Science, Mathematics, Statistics or some other related discipline.
To be able to apply for a doctoral study right, all the studies required for your previous second-cycle education or equivalent education degree you apply with must be completed before the end of the relevant admission period. A certificate of this degree must be presented before the doctoral study right can be granted.
More specific criteria is given in the admission criteria for the Doctoral School in Natural Sciences.
APPLICATION DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY ALL CANDIDATES
When you have found a supervisor for yourself, then you can start together with your supervisor to set up your application, and, especially, your research proposal (including funding plan) and study plan.
All applicants applying for a study right in the DoCS programme 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) and thesis committee
B. Attachments to the Electronic Application
B1. Copies of your previous degree certificate(s) (Master's degree or equivalent 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. Usually, this is not required in the DoCS programme.
B5. A DoCS signed approval from the supervisors, who have agreed to supervise your thesis. If your main supervisor is not a professor, then the responsible professor (an associate professor can also act as one) also has to sign the approval. See more on this under Supervision and support team. The members of the applicant's thesis committee have to sign the approval, too. NOTE: If there are difficulties in obtaining the signatures due to corona virus situation, the supervisors can confirm their commitment to supervision to email@example.com.
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).
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 online application system. 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
Note that to be able to apply for a doctoral study right, all the studies required for your previous second-cycle education or equivalent education degree you apply with must be completed before the end of the relevant admission period. A certificate of this degree must be presented before the doctoral study can be granted (befor the deadline for accepting the admission offer).