The board of the Doctoral School in Natural Sciences has established a doctoral dissertation award programme to recognize and encourage high quality research and writing by doctoral candidates in the school. This year five outstanding dissertations were granted with an award of 1000 euro each.

This year one of the five Outstanding dissertation award 2018 was given to Jeremias Berg from DoCS. Congratulations Jeremias!


Doctoral Program in Computer Science (DoCS) received 9 applications for the University of Helsinki -funded doctoral positions starting in January 2019.

On November 12th 2018 the board of DoCS decided to award the position as below:

Chang Rajani 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022.

DoCS congratulates the successful candidates, and wishes to thank all the applicants!

PhD Seminar

PhD seminar sessions in Academic year 2018-2019 will be held on the following days:

  • Friday the 21st of September, 2018 at 14-16 in CK112,
  • Friday the 2nd of November, 2018 at 14-16 in CK112,
  • Friday the 30th of November, 2018 at 14-16 in CK112,
  • Friday the 25th of January, 2019 at 14-16 in CK112,
  • Friday the 22nd of March, 2019 at 14-16 in CK112,
  • Friday the 26th of April, 2019 at 14-16 in CK112, and
  • Friday the 17th of May, 2019 at 14-16 in CK112.


The studies in the DoCS programme consists of a doctoral thesis, scientific studies, and studies in transferrable skills.  The programme does not provide any regular courses, but it can organise intensive courses, seminars and guest lectures that are typically held by international guests. The DoCS programme organises for its doctoral students an annual PhD seminar that is a compulsory part of the studies. See more detailed under Degree structure in the DoCS programme.

Instructions about PhD studies are now available in the Instructions for Students -service.

The instructions have been divided into themes. Under the themes, you will find instructions related e.g. to planning and completing doctoral studies, the examination process of doctoral theses and practices related to thesis supervision, as well as contact information for all the support staff for doctoral education. When using the service, don’t forget to choose the doctoral programme you want from the degree programme menu on the front page, to make sure that you also see all the instructions aimed for students in that specific programme.


A supervisor of a doctoral student in the DoCS programme can be one of the professors or one of the principal investigators of the Department of Computer Science. In addition, the student may have one or several unofficial postdoc-level supervisors. Most importantly the supervisors should have expertise and competence in the sub-field of research of the doctoral student and they should be committed to supervise the student. If the supervisor of the doctoral student is not a professor, then one of the professors at the Department of Computer Science is appointed as a resonsible professor for the doctoral student.

The student has the right to receive regular supervision, but also the obligation to update his or her personal study plan regularly, to report on the progress of the research and studies, to participate in the activities of the department (teaching and departmental duties), and to inform the supervisor if the studies will be delayed.

The supervisor must provide supervision for both research and studies regularly, and also follow up the student's progress, ensure the continuity of the supervision if he or she is unable to provide supervision. The supervisor has the right to resign from the supervision relationship, if the student does not fulfil the obligations specified in his or her study plan.

Thesis committee

More information about thesis committees in DoCS can be found on the Instructions for Students web pages.

Information about travel grants and other funding opportunities for doctoral candidates can be found here.

Remeber to log in or choose the right doctoral programme on the top of page so that you see all relevant information.

DoCS can provide financial support for the organization of intensive courses, workshops, conferences and other functions which are in within the DoCS research field and benefit DoCS students.

Application for this funding is continuous, but please notice that DoCS grants funding on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application form can be found here.