Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science
DPNurs is responsible for the doctoral education in health sciences in the University of Turku. DPNurs educates high-level researchers and experts in nursing science who promote innovative and scientifically competent research in different fields of nursing science, nursing and health care.
The Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science is a part of University of Turku Graduate School UTUGS and a part of the Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Education Unit. It is also part of the Finnish Doctoral Education Network in Nursing Science which is currently coordinated by the University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science.
Furthermore, the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science has close cooperation with the European Academy of Nursing Science, Reflection Network and the International Nursing PhD Collaboration, IIANR. Doctoral Candidates can also take advantage of the Department’s collaboration through the Erasmus programmes and other international contacts. The Department has a bilateral agreement of cooperation with the University of Lisbon and the University of Toronto for the development of postgraduate education in nursing science.

Education in nursing science at the University of Turku Faculty of Medicine first started in 1986. The Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science (DPNurs) was established in 2004, and again 2013.
The first doctoral dissertation was examined and accepted in 1990, and by year-end 2014 a total of 99 PhDs and 33 licentiate degrees had been awarded in health care/health sciences to graduates majoring in nursing science. There are about 65 active Doctoral Candidates in the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science.

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“Collaboration and discussions with other doctoral students and supervisors are the salt of the doctoral studies. When discussing with others, receiving feedback and constructive criticism, you develop your thoughts and make progress in your studies. But as important parts of this collaboration are support, encouragement, laughter and relaxing get-togethers."

Doctoral candidates Heidi Parisod, Lotta Kauhanen and Anni Pakarinen, and Professor Sanna Salanterä

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