Doctoral Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences - Admission Criteria and Instructions for Applicants

Next call for applications for a right to study a doctoral degree in PCS doctoral programme at the Faculty of Science or at the Faculty of Technology (materials engineering) is open 1-19 March 2021.

Hakuilmoitus, maaliskuu 2021

Application call, March 2021

Before applying
  • Make sure you are eligible to apply for a study right in the Faculty of Science, or in the Faculty of Technology
  • In spring call it is possible to apply for a right to pursue a doctoral degree
    • An applicant has to agree with supervisors and a research director about supervision and research plan before the application can be made. This means that you must contact potential supervisors and make a supervision plan and a research plan in collaboration with them.
  • In the autumn call it is possible to apply for both a right to pursue a doctoral degree and a funded doctoral candidate position.
    • The application process of having the right to pursue a doctoral degree has two application phases: In the first phase an applicant leaves her/his application and attachments to the electronic application form. The steering committee of the doctoral programme assesses the first round applications. The particular assessment criteria is stated in the call for applications in question. Best applicants will be invited to the second phase and the steering committee will suggest them supervisors. The second phase application includes a research and a supervision plan. An applicant will prepare these documents in collaboration with supervisors.
  • Prepare a funding plan as a right to study does not include funding or scholarship from the University
  • Prepare all the required application attachments according to the instructions
  • Prepare your degree certificates for the application and require officially certified copies with English translation if needed
When applying
  • Read the guidelines (below under "Applications documents and guidelines") before filling in the electronic application
  • Make sure you have attached all the required documents
Application documents

All the mentioned documents are mandatory (if not otherwise mentioned below).

In the autumn call, if applying for a right to study, an applicant will prepare a research plan and a supervision plan in the second application phase together with her/his supervisors.

1. Curriculum vitae:
Please see the instructions of TENK for writing a CV. Attach as a pdf (titled Surname_cv).

2. List of publications:
Please see the instructions in English. Attach as a pdf (titled Surname_publications).

3. Research plan:

In the spring call, the research plan must be attached to the electronic application.

In the autumn call: If applying for a right to study, an applicant will write a research plan in the second application phase together with her/his supervisor. If an applicant has already the right to study at the Doctoral Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences, then she/he has to attach a research plan to her/his electronic application.

The research plan should include the name of the applicant and planned title of the doctoral dissertation, and it should describe the research topic in the context of the field, scientific motivation and goals, methods and environment of the research, applicants own role and specialization in the study, timetable of research and the current state of doctoral thesis and post-graduate studies. Research plan in total must not exceed three A4 pages. Attach as a pdf (titled Surname_researchplan).

4. Copies of the degree certificates and the transcripts of study records:

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

B. If the applicant has completed the former degree(s) which make her/him eligible for doctoral studies at a University abroad (i.e. outside Finland), s/he 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, transcript of study records and other educational documents are not written in English, Finnish or Swedish, official translations of the documents 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.

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. If the admitted applicant does not deliver the required certificates by the deadline set in the admission notification, she/he forfeits the study right. Instructions on delivering certificates and country-specific requirements are available here.

C. If the degree that gives eligibility for the study right for a doctoral degree is not completed by the deadline of application time, an up-to-date transcript of study records must be attached to the application.

Please keep your original degree certificates and other relevant educational documents at hand during the application process.

5. Supervision plan signed by supervisors, a research director and the applicant (only applicants for a right to study):

In the spring call, the supervision plan must be attached to the electronic application.

In the autumn call, an applicant will prepare a supervision plan in the second application phase together with her/his supervisor.

Fill in the form Supervision plan. Sign the form by yourself and collect signatures of your research director and supervisors into it. Scan it and attach to the application as a pdf (titled Surname_supervisionplan).

6. 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 language requirements on the webpage of the university’s graduate school. 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

5. Motivation letter (applicants for a right to study)

Motivation letter is one page long freeform document, which includes the reasons for applying for the doctoral studies in the Doctoral Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences.

After you have applied
  • Prepare to deliver your original or originally certified degree certificates to the University of Turku if you are granted the right to study a doctoral degree

Applications documents and guidelines

For all PCS applicants:

For the PCS applicants applying for a study right in the Faculty of Science:

For the PCS applicants applying for a study right in the Faculty of Technology (materials engineering):

Contact information

Email: sci-docstudies@utu.fi

PCS Director:
Professor Juri Poutanen

PCS Coordinator:
Coordinator Nina Lehtimäki