Info for doctoral candidates and supervisors

28.11. 2018

The board of GeoDoc has assessed the 11 eligible applications received for the university funded doctoral candidate positions starting in January 2019. The board has decided to award the positions to Toni Luoto and Tuuli Rissanen.

GeoDoc congratulates the successful candidates and wishes to thank all the applicants!


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 Shang Yuan from GeoDoc. Congratulations!

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).

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.