Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science - Admission Criteria and Instructions for Applicants

The next application period for the right to study for a doctoral degree and for a fixed-term funded doctoral candidate position will be on 30 August - 17 September 2021. The right to study for a doctoral degree will start on 1 January 2022.

The right to study for a doctoral degree can be applied for twice a year: in the spring and in the autumn. In the September call it is also possible to apply for a fixed-term funded doctoral candidate position.

Hakuilmoitus syksy 2021

Call for applications autumn 2021

How to apply

Admission criteria

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).
 
Prerequisites for pursuing a doctoral degree are written in the curriculum of the PhD in health sciences (2020-2022). (Click "Show description" on the page.)

The right to pursue a doctoral degree in health sciences may be granted by the faculty to a person who has attained a Masters Degree in health sciences or who has completed a Finnish or a foreign degree on a corresponding level. The person should have completed sufficient, scientific university level studies in research methodology. The grade received for the major subject of the Master's Degree should be at least "good" (3 on scale 1–5). If the main subject is not identifiable (e.g. international students), study achievement must be proved by other means.

The university may require a student admitted to study for an academic or artistic postgraduate degree complete the necessary supplementary studies in order to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for the studies. Eligible for academic postgraduate studies may also be a person whom the university judges otherwise to have sufficient knowledge and skills for the studies. (Universities Act 558/2009, 37§).

The first step

Before applying for the right to study for doctoral degree the applicants shall contact the Director of DPNurs, Professor Riitta Suhonen (email riitta.suhonen@utu.fi) or some of the heads of the research programmes at the Department of Nursing Science as early as possible to confirm that the applicant’s research theme ties in with the Department´s research areas (initial contact preferably by e-mail). Please attach a tentative research plan and a CV to the email.

A prerequisite for admission is that there is at least one person who has agreed to act as a supervisor and who fulfils the qualification requirements for supervisors. Finding a supervisor is the responsibility of the applicant.

See more information: Before applying / Doctoral training at the Faculty of Medicine

Application period and what can be applied for

During the application period 30 August–17 September 2021 the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science invites applications for:

a) the right to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Turku (from 1 January 2022 onwards)

b) fixed-term Doctoral Candidate positions

c) both of the above (a and b)

Application and instructions

The right to study for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Medicine are applied by filling in an electronic form and attaching the required additional documents into the electronic application form. Application documents are specified below.

A link to the electronic application form will be published on the website of the University. The application form opens 30 August 2021 and closes at 11:59 pm (UTC +3) on 17 September 2021.

The application documents will not be returned to the sender.

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    The guide for filling in the electronic form
    Ohje sähköisen lomakkeen täyttämiseen


In addition to the electronic form the following documents must be submitted. All documents must be in PDF format.

Those applying for the fixed-term, Doctoral Candidate position, who already have the right to study for a doctoral degree in the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science, submit appendices 1–5.

1. Research plan (max 5 pages) (research plan instructions)
By attaching the research plan to the application form the applicant gives permission for checking the research plan with Turnitin Originality Check (system for electrical plagiarism detection).

2. Postgraduate study plan (a template)

3. Progress and resource plan (an example of the progress plan)

4. Curriculum Vitae of the applicant (a template)

5. List of publications (following the instructions of the Academy of Finland)

6. Signed supervision plan Fill in electronically, print and sign together with the supervisor/-s and the head of subject (Professor Helena Leino-Kilpi) and scan as an attachment. This is a mandatory attachment in the Faculty of Medicine.

7. Degree certificates and transcripts of study records

A. If the applicant has completed the former degree(s), which make them eligible for doctoral studies at a university in Finland, the degree certificates, the transcripts of study records and other educational documents, which may be of relevance in the student selection must be attached to the electronic application form.

B. If the applicant has completed the former degree(s), which make him/her eligible for doctoral studies at a university abroad (i.e. outside Finland), they must attach the following items to the electronic application form:

  • scanned original degree certificates (in the same language as the degree was completed in)
  • scanned original transcripts of study records (in the same language as the degree was completed in)
  • scanned other original educational documents which may be of relevance in the student selection
  • If the original degree certificates and other educational documents are not written in English, Finnish or Swedish, official translations to one of these languages must also be submitted. An official translation here refers to a translation of the educational documents issued by the awarding institution or a translation made by an authorized translator. A transcript in English can be replaced by a Diploma Supplement awarded by a European educational institution if it contains the information about completed courses and other study attainments.

Those applicants who have been granted a right to study and who have completed their prior degree abroad have to submit either the original degree certificates or certified copies of the degree certificates and other educational documents and the official translations of the documents to the University of Turku as instructed in the admission notification by 4 March 2022 at the latest. If the admitted applicant does not deliver the required certificates by the deadline, they forfeit the study right. Instructions on delivering certificates and country-specific requirements are available here: https://www.utu.fi/en/study-at-utu/accepted-students/original-documents.

8. Verification of language proficiency

The University of Turku follows the Rector’s decision (15 Aug 2019) on the means of verifying one’s language proficiency. See the language requirements on the webpage of the university’s graduate school: https://www.utu.fi/en/research/utugs/how-to-apply/language

If the applicant is required to prove their language proficiency with a language test, a scanned certificate of a completed language test must be attached to the application.

9. When only one supervisor for doctoral training is proposed, the supervisor’s justified plea for approval of only one supervisor must be attached to the application. See Before applying / Doctoral training at the Faculty of Medicine > Supervision at https://www.utu.fi/en/university/faculty-of-medicine/doctoral-training-at-the-faculty-of-medicine/how-to-apply-for-doctoral-training-at-the-faculty-of-medicine/before-applying

The applicant must deliver all required documents by the end of the application period. Any late submissions will not be processed.

Assessment of applications

The steering committee of the doctoral programme will evaluate the applications. Applications may also be sent for evaluation to national and/or international reviewers. Applicants may be invited to an interview by the DPNurs steering committee. The research plans attached to the applications may be checked with the Turnitin OriginalityCheck plagiarism detection software in accordance with the University of Turku quality assurance system.

In the selection the following issues are emphasized: quality, feasibility and social relevance of the research plan. In addition, applicant’s merits, completed studies, capability, and motivation to complete a doctoral degree are evaluated. Any other funding received by the applicant for doctoral studies is taken into consideration when determining the duration of the Doctoral Candidate position.

When admitting the right to study for a doctoral degree, the eligibility criteria of the applicant and the selection criteria of the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science are considered in addition to above-mentioned criteria. A prerequisite for admission is that there is at least one person who has agreed to act as a supervisor and who fulfils the qualification requirements for supervisors. In addition, the applicant’s research topic must fit in with the profile of the Doctoral Programme.

Decisions

The Dean of the Faculty of Medicine decides on granting the right to study for a doctoral degree (1 January 2022 onwards) based on the proposals of the steering committees of the Doctoral Programmes. All applicants will be personally informed about the decisions.

The names of the applicants who have been selected for a funded Doctoral Candidate position will be announced on the website of the doctoral programme by the end of November 2021. All applicants will also be personally informed about the decisions. The decision on employing the doctoral candidate position is made by the head of the institution/department.

An admitted applicant has to notify the University of Turku of his/her acceptance of the study place by 3:00 pm (UTC +2) on 15 December 2021 according to the instructions given in the admission notification. If the admitted applicant does not give the notification by the end of the allotted time period mentioned above, he/she forfeits the study place. A person admitted to more than one university or polytechnic degree programme only notifies the one educational institution at which he/she accepts the study place. Notification, i.e. accepting a study place, is binding and may not be cancelled or changed later.

According to Finnish university legislation, a student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term (autumn term 1 Aug – 31 Dec or spring term 1 Jan – 31 Jul). This rule applies to all higher education, i.e. Bachelor and Master level degrees awarded by Finnish universities of applied sciences, Bachelor and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities, and Licentiate and Doctoral degrees awarded by Finnish universities. This regulation is not applied to study rights received in transfer student selections, from the Åland University of Applied Sciences, from the Police University College, and from institutions of higher education outside Finland.

The applicants who have completed their prior degree in a country other than Finland and who are granted a study right in this call, need to deliver either the original degree certificates or certified copies of the original degree certificates and their translations to the University of Turku as instructed in the admission notification by 4 March 2022 at the latest. If the admitted applicant does not deliver the required certificates by the deadline, they  forfeit the study right. Instructions on delivering certificates and country-specific requirements are available here: https://www.utu.fi/en/study-at-utu/accepted-students/original-documents.

Appeal for rectification

If an applicant is dissatisfied with the result of the student selection (right to study for a doctoral degree), they have the right to submit an application for the rectification of the decision to the Faculty of Education within 14 days of the official publishing of the results. Contact information: med-doctoral@utu.fi.

Checklist
  • 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 their own language test arrangements.
  • Get the required signatures in time and prepare the appendix documents.
  • Fill in the electric application form.
  • Remember to apply in time. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be processed.
  • Please keep your original degree certificates and other relevant educational documents at hand during the application process. 
Contact

DPNurs Director
Professor Riitta Suhonen
riitta.suhonen@utu.fi   

DPNurs Coordinator
PhD Maiju Kannisto
maiju.kannisto@utu.fi