Apply to the Doctoral Programme
At the Doctoral Programme in Molecular Life Sciences you can study for
Doctor of Philosophy degree in:
  • Biochemistry
  • Food Chemistry
  • Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics
  • Molecular Plant Biology
Doctor of Science (PhD Tech.) degree can be completed in:
  • Analytical Biotechnology
  • Food Development

Current call for applications and application forms

The next application period for doctoral studies at DPMLS is:

In this application call you may apply for:

  • The right to pursue a doctoral degree in DPMLS at the Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Fixed-term funded doctoral candidate position in DPMLS at the Faculty of Science and Engineering


The application for study right is prepared on electronic application form, which will be active during the application period. During the application period, the link to the application form can be found by clicking "APPLY HERE" banner on the upper right corner of this page. In addition to electronic application form the application consists of application attachments. Please, read from the Application Guidelines how to submit the attachments. 


In order to be eligible for doctoral studies in DPMLS, you must have an appropriate university degree (typically MSc). Eligibility criteria and the responsibilities of doctoral students can be found from the instructions concerning doctoral training given by the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Before applying, you must create personal connections with the professor and other researchers at the department. This is because you need supervisors for your PhD research, and you will have better chances to prepare applicable plan for your doctoral studies.
Both your research plan and the supervision arrangements have to be approved by a professor in the department in question. This professor will become your research director ("valvoja" in Finnish) if your application for the right to study is approved. 
You need a funding plan, since money is needed both to secure your livelihood during the doctoral studies and to carry out the research you are aiming to do. The funding plan has to be credible. Note that foreigners cannot obtain a residence permit in Finland without a documented source of income. A right to study does not include funding or scholarship from the University.
Keep your original degree certificates at hand and prepare to aquire officially certified copies with an English translation if needed. 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. Please note that the schedule for submitting the documents after the notice of acceptance is very tight. More information.




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