How to apply

1. Turku Doctoral Programme of Molecular Medicine (TuDMM)

Turku Doctoral Programme of Molecular Medicine is a doctoral programme established in the Faculty of Medicine. The programme offers diverse and high-standard doctoral training in the broad field of molecular medicine. The traditionally strong research areas of bio- and clinical medicine at the Turku Campus, such as cancer research, endocrinology and metabolism, immunology, microbiology, and connective tissue research, are all represented among the research groups affiliated to our Programme. TuDMM works together with the other local doctoral programmes operating in biosciences and will also participate in the national networks of doctoral programmes in the area of life sciences.

2. Closing date for applications and what can be applied for
From September 3rd, 2018 to September 21st, 2018 one can apply for:
a) a fixed-term doctoral candidate position
b) a right to study for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Medicine
c) both of the above (a and b)

The link to the electronic application form will be open from September 3rd 00:00 to September 21st, 23:59). TuDMM ID number is 6104.
TuDMM application must be done in English.

(Saimin ohje hakijalle_TuDMM_2_2018.pdf)

Faculty of Medicine website:
3. Eligibility
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), as well as the prerequisites for pursuing a doctoral degree (incl. possible language skills requirements) at the Faculty of Medicine.

Eligible for studies leading to an academic postgraduate degree is a person who has completed
1. an applicable higher university degree
2. an applicable higher polytechnic degree; or
3. an applicable education completed abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for corresponding higher education.

Degree specific prerequisites for pursuing a doctoral degree are written in the electronic curriculum 2018-2020 of the Faculty of Medicine: Postgraduate studies

The applicant must have the degree certificate of Master studies latest  on September 21st 2018!

4. Applying

4.1 Application documents
The application should contain
1) electronic application form (link will be open from September 3rd, 2018 to September 21st, 2018  23:59)
2) Pdf files
The application should include the following:

Motivation letter (Max 1 page)
CV of the applicant (it is mandatory to use this attached CV model)

Research plan (max 3 pages, Arial, font 12). The plan should consist of: abstract, background, aims and hypotheses, significance, how will the plan be carried out in practice, research environment, timetable and funding plan.

The postgraduate study plan - Use this template. Mark to the plan the studies you have already taken.
Supervision planthe Faculty’s form (Fill in electronically, print and sign together with the supervisor/-s and the head of subject)
Subjects in doctoral training and heads of doctoral subject

University degree certificate, if the applicant has attained the higher university degree somewhere else than in the University of Turku, and in addition, a transcript of studies if the degree has been completed outside Finland (please see the detailed instructions on the Faculty’s www-page ( in section “Before applying”)

An application for approval of a third supervisor containing an explanation, when proposing three supervisors

Signed notice of consent giving permission to check the authenticity of the documents provided with a copy of the passport (instructions and the form)

If applicant has to pass a language test, the copy of the language test result must be attached to the application

4.2 Assessment of applications
4.2.1 Assessment and selection criteria
The steering committee of the doctoral programme will evaluate the applications with the help of out-side experts. The applicant's motivation and ability to complete a doctoral degree, CV and list of pub-lications, previous studies, as well as the quality and feasibility of the research plan (including realism and adherence to the timetable guidelines for completing a doctoral degree) are taken into considera-tion when assessing the applications. The evaluation process is stepwise: After the assessment of the applications some of the applicants will be invited to be interviewed. The invitation will be sent by e-mail. 

4.3. Decisions

The decisions on granting the right to pursue a degree as well as the decisions on employing the can-didate on fixed-term doctoral candidate positions are made by the Dean of the Faculty in question based on the proposal of the steering committee of the doctoral programme.

The decisions on employing the candidate on fixed-term doctoral candidate positions and /or on grant-ing the right to pursue a degree are made and informed to applicants latest at the end of November 2018 by e-mail and the decisions can also be found at

5. Additional information:

TuDMM director Kati Elima, kateli(at)
TuDMM coordinator Eeva Valve, eeva.valve(at)




 Check list

  • ​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. 
  • Keep your original certificates at hand and prepare to acquire officially certified copies if needed.

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