As of 1.8.2017 a doctoral degree at the Doctoral Programme in Materials Research and Nanosciences (MATRENA) 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 the module are:

  • Research ethics (DONAS-401), 1 credit
  • MATRENA seminar (MATRENA-002), 1-2 credits and
  • Personal study plan (MATRENA-000).

MATRENA seminar (MATRENA-002) is organized once a year:

  • For 1 credit you need to participate in 4 seminars without poster- or oral presentation.
  • For 2 credits you can participate in 2 seminars, and at least once to have poster or oral presentation.

Some examples of courses supporting the thesis work in MATRENA: Book or article exam (MATRENA-003), 3-5 credits, Special course in material- and nanosciences organized by MATRENA (MATRENA-004), 1-2 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**)

More information on the degree structure is also available on the University's general website on doctoral education.

for students in MEDICAL PHYSICS: guidebook for medical physics

IMPORTANT:

All MATRENA Doctoral Students should subscribe to Thessa, the doctoral studies planning and reporting tool. If you cannot find your supervisor in Thessa, please ask him/her to sign up there.

Trans­fer­ring to the new de­gree struc­ture

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

An extensive list of MATRENA supervisors can be found from the University of Helsinki research database

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 kumpula-student@helsinki.fi. If you need help with filling in the forms, please send e-mail to kumpula-student@helsinki.fi

2.11.2018: DECISION: University of Helsinki -funded doctoral positions starting in January 2019

Doctoral Program in Material Research and Nanosciences (MATRENA) received 16 applications for the University of Helsinki -funded doctoral positions starting in January 2019. 

The applications were evaluated by the MATRENA board. 

On November 2nd, 2018, the board of MATRENA has decided to award the positions as below:

  • Hanna Korolainen 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022
  • Heta-Elisa Nieminen 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022
  • Emil Levo 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2019

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

MATRENA Seminar 2018 (MATRENA-002) : 1.11.2018

All MATRENA Doctoral Students should subscribe to Thessa, the doctoral studies planning and reporting tool. If you cannot find your supervisor in Thessa, please ask him/her to sign up there.

3.11.2017

On 2nd November 2017, the steering board of MATRENA decided to suggest the following applicants for University funded doctoral candidate positions, starting on January 2018:

Jasmi Kiiskinen 3 years

Basil Gonsalves 4 years

MATRENA congratulates the successful candidates, and wishes to thank all the applicants.