How to apply to the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research?

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1 Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (DPCR) 

Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (DPCR) promotes high quality clinical research and supports doctoral training and research in clinical medicine and other related branches of science. A basic degree in medical science is not compulsory in this multidisciplinary doctoral programme, and a person with another suitable degree may apply, if his/her research topic is related to a medical issue, or to development of methodologies required to solve one. The doctoral candidates of DPCR pursue a doctoral degree either in the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Social Sciences or Faculty of Science and Engineering. Turku Brain and Mind is a subprogramme of DPCR. 

2 Application period and what can be applied for 

Application period starts on March 1, 2018 at 00:00 and ends on March 20, 2018 at 23:59:59 (time in Finland).
Applications are invited for a right to study for a doctoral degree in the University of Turku at the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Social Sciences or Faculty of Science and Engineering in a Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (starting August 1, 2018).

The right to study for a doctoral degree in the University of Turku can be applied by: 

Persons who meet the eligibility criteria for pursuing a doctoral degree, as stipulated in the Universities Act (558/2009, Section 37), as well as the prerequisites set by the faculty in question. The eligibility criteria and general guidelines for applying (incl. possible language skills requirements) specific to each faculty can be found on www-pages: 

3 Application procedure 

3.1 Application 

The application for the right to study for a doctoral degree consists of an electronic form and attached PDF files including all required material according to the instructions.
  • A link to electronic application form will be available during the application period through the tab 'Apply here' (above)
  • Guide for filling in the form
For the application the applicant must prepare
  • a summary of the research plan (max 1000 characters) and
  • the following documents in pdf-format: 
  1. Research plan - Please note the DPCR model
  2. CV of the applicant including the list of publications
  3. CV from one supervisor (max 2 pages) and the list of publications 2016-2018
  4. Postgraduate study plan. Mark the studies you have already completed. Instructions for the study plan: Instructions and material for applicants
  5. Signed supervision plan - Fill in electronically, print, sign together with the supervisor/-s and the head of subject and scan as an attachment (a mandatory attachment).
    NB! It is recommended that at least one of the supervisors is employed by the University of Turku or has a title of docent granted by the University of Turku, since access to UTU IT-systems will be required.

    The need for the following attachments are conditional and depend on the applicant, so please check the instructions:

  6. Justified application for the approval of a third supervisor, when proposing three supervisors
  7. Required educational documents -  see the instructions:  2 d) DEGREE GIVING THE ELIGIBILITY 
  8. A copy of the language test result, if needed – see the instructions
  9. Signed notice of consent giving permission to check the authenticity of the documents provided with a copy of the passport (instructions and the form)
When applying for the right to study for a doctoral degree in the Faculty of Social Sciences or Faculty of Science and Engineering, the required attachments may vary from the above-mentioned. Please check and follow the detailed instructions on the www-pages of the faculty in question. 

3.2 Assessment of applications 

The steering committee of the DPCR will process the applications. The quality, suitability and feasibility of the research plan will be evaluated. Also the CVs and publication lists of both the applicant and the supervisor, and resources to complete a doctoral degree (incl. financing plan) within the presented time frame will be assessed in the selection of doctoral candidates.

The multidisciplinary nature of the doctoral programme will be taken into consideration, and therefore the aim to cover all the different disciplines in the doctoral programme may have an effect on final selection.

4 Process of approval and accepting the study place 

Information on the process of approval, accepting the study place, appeal process and registration on www-pages:


  • Director of the Doctoral Programme: Associate Professor Antti Saraste, antti.saraste[a]
  • Coordinator: Kristiina Nuutila, kristiina.nuutila[a], +358 50 313 5224


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 Check-list for the applicant

  • ​Check the application period >>
  • Read the instructions of the faculty in question and the doctoral programme carefully!
  • If you are going to verify your language skills with a language test, make sure that you book your test time well in advance. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make his/her own language test arrangements >>
  • Get the required signatures in time and prepare the appendices.
  • Fill in the electric application form.
  • Remember to apply in time.  
  • Keep your original certificates at hand and prepare to acquire officially certified copies if needed!

Both the application form and the attachments are required for the application to be valid.

Please click the 'Apply here' tab (above) to open the electronic application form. The form will be available during the application period.

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