How to apply

1. Turku Doctoral Programme of Molecular Medicine (TuDMM)

Turku Doctoral Programme of Molecular Medicine is a doctoral programme established in the Faculty of Medicine. The programme offers diverse and high-standard doctoral training in the broad field of molecular medicine. The traditionally strong research areas of bio- and clinical medicine at the Turku Campus, such as cancer research, endocrinology and metabolism, immunology, microbiology, and connective tissue research, are all represented among the research groups affiliated to our Programme. TuDMM works together with the other local doctoral programmes operating in biosciences and will also participate in the national networks of doctoral programmes in the area of life sciences.
2. Closing date for applications and what can be applied for
From March 1, 2018 to March 20, 2018 one can apply for:

a right to study for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Medicine
The link to the electronic application form will be open from March 1st  00:00 to March 20th 23:59). TuDMM ID number is 5176.
TuDMM application must be done in English.

Faculty of Medicine website:
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 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 23:59)
2) Pdf files
The application should include the following:

Motivation letter (why do you wish to perform doctoral studies in this doctoral
CV of the applicant (it is mandatory to use V of the applicant (it is mandatory to use this attached CV model)

Research plan (max 3 pages, Arial, font 12). The plan should consist of: abstract, background, aims and hypotheses, significance, how will the plan be carried out in practice, research environment, timetable and funding plan.

The theoretical study plan. Mark to the plan the studies you have already taken.
Supervision plan – the Faculty’s form

University degree certificate, if the 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 ( in 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)

If applicant has to pass a language test, the copy of the language test result must be attached to the application

4.2 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.
5. Additional information:
TuDMM director Kati Elima, kateli(at)
TuDMM coordinator Eeva Valve, eeva.valve(at)




 Check list

  • ​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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