Info for doctoral candidates and supervisors


Application for salaried doctoral candidates positions is open in September 14-27. Read instructions on how to apply here!

Geodoc organizes events for its students. If you are interested in Geodoc's student activies or you have suggestions about what Geodoc could organize, you can contact the board's student representatives Julia Kemppinen or Minja Seitsamo-Ryynänen (firstname.lastname (at)

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
  • 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 Geosciences 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, GeoDoc Milestone Seminar (GEOD-001), 1 credit, Literature and Seminar in Field of Research (GEOD-002), 10 credits. Other possible courses are From draft to publication (GEOD-003), 2 credits, GeoDOc research ethics (GEOD-004), 1 credit and Colloquium in geosciences (GEOD-005), 2 credits. Rest of the courses for the module must be anvanced-level courses in either the master programme in geology and geophysics, the master programme in geography or other courses which support the dissertation work. 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**)

General 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).

Students in the new degree system

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).

Students in the old degree system

This form is used to register the study modules completed for the doctoral degree according to the previous study requirements (min. 60 credits). Fill in two forms (discipline-specific and general competence studies) with the studies you want to incorporate to your doctoral degree and give them to your responsible professor or responsible person of your studies. He/she revises and accepts the study modules. The signed forms are submitted to If you need help with filling in the forms, please send e-mail to