Apply to the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science

Information about application periods and application instructions in the Faculty of Medicine


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


Call for application.pdf

Next application period 1.-20. September 2017


 Number of the electronic application form: 4065



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 study guide (2016-2018) of the DPNurs and in the electronic curriculum (2016-2018) of the Faculty of Medicine: Academic postgraduate degrees.
In addition, the right to pursue postgraduate studies aiming at a  doctoral degree in health sciences may be granted by the Faculty to a person who has attained a Bachelor or Masters Degree in health sciences or who has completed a Finnish or a foreign degree on a corresponding level. (Universities Act 558/2009, section 37). The person should have sufficient education and knowledge of research methodology, and the grade received for the major subject of the Master's Degree should be at least "good". If the main subject is not identifiable (e.g. international students), study achievement must be proved by other means.
Before applying for the right to study for doctoral degree applicants shall contact Director of DPNurs, Professor Helena Leino-Kilpi (email. or some of the directors of research projects 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).
Directors of research projects in 2017 are:
Docent, PhD Anna Axelin, email.
Professor, PhD Elina Haavisto, email.
Professor, PhD Helena Leino-Kilpi, email.
Professor, PhD Sanna Salanterä, email.
Professor, PhD Riitta Suhonen, email.
Professor, PhD Maritta Välimäki, email.
Docent, PhD Leena Salminen, email.
Docent, PhD Kirsi Valkeapää, email.
PhD Maija Hupli, email.



The application consists of an electronic form and PDF files attached to it 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). Please follow carefully the instructions for filling the application.
In case problems occur in the electronic applying, contact the Chief academic officer, tel. + 358 50 563 4662.
The application material should contain:  
  • An electronic application form in English 
  • PDF-files in English
  • Abstract of the research plan (max 1000 characters)
  • Theoretical study plan (see study guide)
  • Curriculum Vitae of the applicant
  • A copy of the Master of Nursing Science degree or equivalent diploma. If the applicant has attained the higher university degree at the University of Turku, the diploma/certificate is not needed as an application enclosure. If the applicant has attained the higher university degree outside Finland the required enclosures are the degree certificate and the transcript of study records (see instructions on page 'How to apply')
  • Cerficate of English language skills. Informal or formal verification is needed depending on applicants´ situation. Foreign applicants are required to proof their knowledge of English with formal verification.  Please, see detailed instructions on the Faculty’s instructions on language requirements and University of Turku instructions on generally recognized International English language tests Faculty's www-page Language requirements of the Faculty of Medicine).
  • When proposing three supervisors, an application and a justification for approval of a third supervisor.
  • Authorisation form. Applicants who received their previous diploma from the University of Turku do not need to attach the authorization form

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Instructions for filling the application form


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 Faculty of Medicine

DPNurs Director Professor Helena Leino-Kilpi,   
DPNurs Coordinator PhD piia af Ursin, tel. 0505723219, 



  • 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.

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