How to apply

1. Drug Research Doctoral Programme (DRDP)

Doctoral candidates of DRDP will perform their doctoral studies in research groups with high scientific standards. Each doctoral candidate focuses on a specific topic relevant for drug development, but the doctoral research training is comprehensive and covers a wide range of different fields in drug research. The training provides a general view of the drug development process, starting from molecular and mechanistic levels and continuing to preclinical and clinical drug research, pharmaceutical development and pharmacoepidemiology. The education will largely be provided within a national network, ensuring that all fields of drug development and drug research, even those not so strong in Turku, will be well covered. Knowledge of the pharmaceutical sciences is strong at the Universities of Helsinki and Eastern Finland, and plays an important role in the national collaboration of doctoral training in drug research.

2. Closing date for applications and what can be applied for

From September 1, 2017 to September 20, 2017 one can apply for:

a) doctoral candidate position (starting January 1, 2018)
b) doctoral candidate position (starting January 1, 2018) and the right to study for doctoral degree (Spring term 2018)
c) the right to study for doctoral degree (Spring term 2018)

The link to the electronic application form will be open from September 1st  00:00 to September 20th 23:59). DRDP ID number is 4194.

DRDP application can be done either in English or in FInnish..

General guidelines for postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Medicine:
http://www.utu.fi/en/units/med/studying/postgrad/doctoral/apply/Pages/home.aspx

3. Eligibility

The right to study for doctoral degree at the Faculty of Medicine can be applied for 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 for pursuing a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Medicine.

Eligible for studies leading to an academic postgraduate degree is a person who has completed
1. an applicable higher university degree
2. an applicable higher polytechnic degree; or
3. an applicable education completed abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for corresponding higher education.

Degree specific prerequisites for pursuing a doctoral degree are written in the electronic curriculum 2016-2018 of the Faculty of Medicine: Academic postgraduate degrees.

The eligibility criteria and other general guidelines (incl. language requirements):
o    Faculty of Medicine:
http://www.utu.fi/en/units/med/studying/postgrad/doctoral/apply/Pages/home.aspx
o   
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences: http://www.utu.fi/en/units/sci/research/postgraduate/Pages/home.aspx

The applicant must have the degree certificate of Master studies latest  on September 20th 2017!

4. Applying

4.1 Application documents.

The application should contain
1) electronic application form (link will be open from September 1st 00:00 to September 20th 2017 23:59)
2) Pdf files

The application should include the following:

  • Motivation letter (why do you wish to perform doctoral studies in this doctoral programme)
  • CV of the applicant (it is mandatory to use attached CV model)
  • Structured research plan approved by the supervisor (max 5 pages) Guidelines find at http://www.utu.fi/en/units/med/studying/postgrad/doctoral/forms/Pages/home.aspx
  • The theoretical study plan. Mark to the plan the studies you have already taken.
  •  Funding plan for the doctoral studies
  •  Signed declaration about other funding for the applicant from supervisor (required for PhD candidates performing full time research only).
  • Supervision plan – the Faculty’s form (the plan can be included without supervisor’s signature to the application)
  • A university degree certificate, if applicant has attained the higher university degree somewhere else than in the University of Turku and in addition, a transcript of studies if the degree has been completed outside Finland (please see the detailed instructions on the Faculty’s www-page (A university degree certificate, if applicant has attained the higher university degree somewhere else than in the University of Turku and in addition, a transcript of studies if the degree has been completed outside Finland (please see the detailed instructions on the Faculty’s www-page (http://www.utu.fi/en/units/med/studying/postgrad/doctoral/apply/Pages/home.aspx on section “Before applying”)

  • An application for approval of a third supervisor containing an explanation, when proposing three supervisors

  • Signed notice of consent giving permission to check the authenticity of the documents provided with a copy of the passport (instructions and the form)

5. Decisions

The decisions on granting the right to pursue a degree are made by the Dean of the Faculty in question based on the proposal of the steering committee of the doctoral programme.

The decisions on granting the fixed-term doctoral candidate positions and also the right to pursue a degree are made and informed to applicants latest at November 30th 2017 by e-mail.

 6. Additional information: DRDP coordinator Eeva Valve, eeva.valve(at)utu.fi

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 Check-list for applicant

 
  • ​Check the application period.
  • Read the instructions of the Faculty 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 appendix document.
  • Fill in the electric application form.
  • Remember to apply in time. 

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