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University of Turku Graduate School UTUGS and Doctoral Programmes

The University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS) consists of doctoral programmes which cover all disciplines and the approximately 2,000 doctoral candidates of the University. 

The aim of the Graduate School is to provide systematic and high quality doctoral training for the doctoral candidates of the University of Turku. Each doctoral candidate has a personal supervisor and the progress of the doctoral dissertation is followed regularly. The aim of doctoral training is to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.


The responsible Director and the Steering Committee of the Graduate School are appointed by the Rector of the University of Turku.

UTUGS Steering Committee, term until 31 December 2019

  • UTUGS Director Pirjo Nuutila, Chair
  • Vice Rector Kalle-Antti Suominen
  • Vice Dean Risto Rinne, Faculty of Education
  • Vice Dean Baoru Yang, Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Vice Dean Markus Juonala, Faculty of Medicine
  • Vice Dean Päivi Lappalainen, Faculty of Humanities
  • Vice Dean Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi, Faculty of Law
  • Professor Mika Vaihekoski, Turku School of Economics
  • Vice Dean Heikki Hämäläinen, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Veronika Laippala, Faculty of Humanities
  • Assistant Professor Tapio Pahikkala, Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Director of Development Riitta Mustonen
  • Director of Educational Affairs Petri Sjöblom
  • Doctoral Candidate Anne-Elina Salo, Faculty of Education
  • Doctoral Candidate Aki Stubb, Faculty of Medicine

The Steering Committee's Coordinator and Secretary is Head of Research Career unit Elise Pinta.

Contact information


Visiting address: Hämeenkatu 4, 20500 Turku

Mailing address: Turun yliopiston tutkijakoulu, 20014 Turun yliopisto

Director of the University of Turku Graduate School: Professor Pirjo Nuutila

Graduate School Coordinator: PhD Elise Pinta