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 March 1, 2018 to March 20, 2018 one can apply for:

the right to study for doctoral degree (Autumn term 2018)

The link to the electronic application form will be open from March1st  00:00 to March 20th 23:59). DRDP ID number is 5177.

Guide to fill in Saimi application:


In Finnish:


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

General guidelines for postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Medicine:

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 (incl. possible language skills requirements)  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:
Faculty of Science and Engineering:

The applicant must have the degree certificate of Master studies latest  on March 20th 2018!

4. Applying

4.1 Application documents.

The application should contain
1) electronic application form (link will be open from March 1st 00:00 to March 20th 2018 23:59)
2) Pdf files

The application should include the following:

  1. Motivation letter (why do you wish to perform doctoral studies in this doctoral programme)
  2. CV of the applicant (it is mandatory to use attached CV model)
  3. Structured research plan approved by the supervisor (max 5 pages) Guidelines find at
  4. The theoretical study plan. PDF Summary (without doctoral programme-specific studies).  Mark to the plan the studies you have already taken.
  5. Supervision planthe Faculty’s form (Fill in electronically, print and sign together with the supervisor/-s and the head of subject)
  6. 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 ( on section “Before applying”)
  7. An application for approval of a third supervisor containing an explanation, when proposing three supervisors
  8. Signed notice of consent giving permission to check the authenticity of the documents provided with a copy of the passport (instructions and the form)
  9. If applicant has to pass a language test, the copy of the language test result must be attached to the application

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 right to pursue a degree are made and informed to applicants latest at June 3rd 2018 by e-mail.

 6. Additional information:

DRDP director Eriika Savontaus, eriika.savontaus(at)

DRDP coordinator Eeva Valve, eeva.valve(at)



 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. 
  • Keep your original certificates at hand and prepare to acquire officially certified copies if needed.

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