Apply to the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science

Information about application periods and application instructions at the Faculty of Medicine.


Call for applications for
the right to study for a doctoral degree and/or fixed-term doctoral candidate positions
at the
University of Turku, Faculty of Medicine,
Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science

Application period 3 - 21 September 2018

Hakuilmoitus (pdf)
Call for applications (pdf) 

Number of the electronic application form: 6084

What can be applied for

  • the right to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Turku
  • a fixed-term doctoral candidate position
  • both of the above


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 (2018-2020). (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 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§).

A doctoral candidate position can be applied by:

  • Persons who have the right to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Turku and who have not previously received four years of full-time funding for their doctoral studies.
  • Persons who have not yet been granted the right to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Turku, but match the profile of the doctoral programme and meet the eligibility criteria for the right to study for doctoral degree (see 3.1). As the right to study for a doctoral degree is a precondition for receiving a Doctoral Candidate position funded by the University, the person must apply for both the right to study for a doctoral degree and a Doctoral Candidate position.

Persons who already have a doctoral degree from a Finnish university cannot apply for the Doctoral Candidate position.

The first step 

Before applying for the right to study for doctoral degree the applicants shall contact the Director of DPNurs, Professor Helena Leino-Kilpi (email 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). It is an advantage to attach a tentative research plan and a CV to the email.

Heads of the research programmes in 2018 are:


The application for the right to study for a doctoral degree and for fixed-term doctoral candidate positions consists of an electronic form in English and attached PDF files including all required material according to the instructions.

A link to the electronic application form can be found on the top right of this page (click the picture Apply here).

For the application the applicant must prepare:

  • an abstract of the research plan (max  1000 characters) and
  • the following documents in pdf-format in English:
  1. Research plan (max 5 pages) (research plan instructions)

  2. Theoretical 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)

  7. A copy of the Master of Nursing Science degree or equivalent diploma and other educational documents required. Required educational documents -  see the instructions on the Faculty website:  2 d) DEGREE GIVING THE ELIGIBILITY
     If the applicant has attained the higher university degree at the University of Turku, the diploma/certificate is not needed as an application enclosure. 

    NB! Those applicants who have been granted the right to study and who have completed their studies at a university abroad have to submit original or officially certified copies of the degree certificates, other educational documents and the official translations of the documents to the University of Turku by 14 December 2018.
     (See detailed instructions on the Faculty's www-page)

  8. A copy of the language test result if needed. Please see the language requirements. NB! All language test results must be sent also directly by the test organizer to the University of Turku by the application deadline. 

  9. An applicant who, according to the guidelines of the Faculty of Medicine, does not have to attach a language test result in her/his application, will submit a free form proof of her/his English skills. (E.g. a language pass or other justifications for language skills.)

  10. Authorisation form (not needed if the degree giving eligibility has been gained in Finland)

  11. When proposing three supervisors, an application and a justification for approval of a third supervisor.

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.


Try to avoid the last application submission date (the electronic application system may get jammed on the last day). 

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be processed. 

Evaluation of the applications and process of approval, see How to Apply from the Faculty of Medicine



  • 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. 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.


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