Do you wish to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki? Congratulations, you’ve come to the right place! Read all the available instructions carefully and start preparing your application well in time before the next round of applications. On this page, you will find a step-by-step breakdown of the entire application process. Start here and then proceed to the more detailed instructions available elsewhere on this site and the website of your chosen doctoral programme. A carefully prepared application is the first step on the road to a doctorate!

All of the University's 32 doctoral programmes admit new doctoral students twice a year, in September and in April. Some of the doctoral programmes also admit new students in November and February. Once you’ve chosen a doctoral programme, check your programme's website to see which application periods are in use in your chosen programme. During the academic year 2017-2018 the admission periods are as follows:

1-14 September 2017
1-14 November 2017 (only some doctoral programmes)
1-14 February 2018 (only some doctoral programmes)
3-16 April 2018