Finnish Doctoral Programme in Oral Sciences (FINDOS-Turku) - Admission Criteria and Instructions for Applicants

The right to pursue a doctoral degree within the FINDOS programme can be applied for twice each academic year: one call is open during the autumn term and one in the spring term. In the autumn call it is also possible to apply for a fixed-term funded doctoral researcher position.

More information about application periods and application instructions can be found on the websites of the University of Turku Graduate School UTUGS and the Faculty of Medicine.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE RIGHT TO STUDY FOR A DOCTORAL DEGREE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TURKU, FACULTY OF MEDICINE, FINDOS-Turku DOCTORAL PROGRAMME

Application period: 1 May- 15 May 2024

Call for applications (pdf)

Hakuilmoitus (pdf)

What can be applied for:

  • the right to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Turku from 1 August 2024 onwards

Please read carefully the Faculty of Medicine instructions -  How to Apply for Doctoral Training at the Faculty of Medicine

>> Apply here (available from 1 May onwards)

For the applicant

Checklist for the applicant
  1. Check the application period and requirements.
  2. Read the instructions of the Faculty of Medicine and the Doctoral Programme carefully!
  3. 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 their own language test arrangements.
  4. Get the required signatures in time and prepare the appendix documents as pdf's.
  5. Fill in the electric application form.
  6. Remember to apply in time. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be processed.
  7. Keep the original degree certificates and other relevant educational documents at hand during the application process.
Application requirements

Specific admission requirements in FINDOS

  • Suitable Academic Degree (Licentiate of Dentistry or equivalent, MSc level) e.g. in biology, biochemistry or biomaterials. Dental and medical students at the university of Turku may receive the right to study for a doctoral degree already before obtaining the Licentiate degree.
  • Research plan approved by the supervisor.
  • Research area in the field of oral sciences.

An application should

  • Contain a scientifically significant and feasible thesis project which thematically fits in the scope of the scientific fields represented by FINDOS.
  • Demonstrate that the applicant is motivated and has potential to develop into an independent researcher.
  • Demonstrate that the applicant will significantly benefit from the four-year PhD training program.
  • Include structured research and study plans approved by the supervisor.

The supervisor

The Follow-up committee for doctoral training

  • The follow-up committee ensures progress of the doctoral researcher's thesis work and studies, provides an external perspective on the research, and supports both researcher and supervisor(s).
  • The follow-up committee comprises of supervisors and 1-3 other researchers familiar with the research topic, one of whom must be from outside the doctoral researcher's own group.
  • The applicant negotiates with their supervisor(s) to assemble the follow-up committee and agrees with the members of the committee on annual monitoring practices.
Application period and what can be applied for

During the application period 1 –15 May 2024, you can apply for:

  • the right to study for a doctoral degree in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Turku from 1 August 2024 onwards

 

What is expected of you

When applying for a right to study

You are required to have completed a relevant Master’s degree awarded by a university or a university of applied sciences, or a relevant study programme abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for the corresponding level of higher education (Universities Act 558/2009, 37§);

You must fulfil the University of Turku language skill requirements;

You are required to fulfil the prerequisites set by the doctoral programme for granting a right to study.

The eligibility criteria and other general guidelines can be found on the web pages of the the Faculty of Medicine, and the FINDOS-Turku Doctoral Programme.

How to apply

The right to study for a doctoral degree is applied for by filling in an electronic form in My Studyinfo service and attaching the required additional documents. A link to the electronic form will be published on the website of the graduate school. The form will be accessible as the application period begins on 1 May 2024 and closes at 3 pm (local time in Finland) on 15 May 2024.

The instructions for filling in the electronic form (pdf)

Attachments to the application

When you are applying for a right to pursue a doctoral degree, you are required to submit the attachments described below. 

All of the required attachments must be submitted before the end of the application period. Applications that arrive after the application period has ended will not be processed. The application documents will not be returned to the sender.

For the application the applicant must prepare:

  • a summary of the research plan (max 1000 characters) and
  • the following documents in pdf-format:

1. Research plan (max 5 pages, see guidelines and additional points)

The research plan should follow the guidelines for the responsible conduct of research (see Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) | Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK). By attaching the research plan to the application form the applicant gives permission for checking the research plan via the Turnitin OriginalityCheck plagiarism detection software, in accordance with the quality assurance system of the University of Turku.

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) to assist in the preparation of the research plan should be clearly indicated in the research plan.

2. Curriculum Vitae of the applicant, including a list of publications when applicable. Please see the instructions of Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK) for writing a CV.

3. Motivation letter (max 1 page)

The motivation letter is a one page long freeform document, which includes the reasons for applying for the doctoral studies in the Finnish Doctoral Program in Oral Sciences (FINDOS-Turku). If the applicant has a right to study for a doctoral degree at another university or in another doctoral programme at the University of Turku, the applicant must provide reasons for changing over to FINDOS-Turku. A student may hold only one doctoral degree study right at the University of Turku at a time. 

4. Supervision and study plan (Fill in electronically, print and sign together with the supervisor/-s and the head of subject) NB! At least one of the supervisors should have access to UTU IT-systems (utu user account). Additional information is available at the Faculty of Medicine webpage, under the “Supervision” section. 

5. A copy of the degree certificates and transcripts of study record

a. If you have completed your former degree(s) that make you eligible for doctoral studies at a higher education institution in Finland, you must attach your scanned original degree certificates, transcripts of study records and other educational documents which may be of relevance in the selection to the electronic application form.

b. If you have completed your former degree(s) that make you eligible for doctoral studies at a higher education institution abroad (i.e. outside of Finland), you must attach the following items to the electronic application form:

  • scanned original degree certificates (in the language that the degree was completed in)
  • scanned original transcripts of study records (in the language that the degree was completed in)
  • scanned other original educational documents which may be of relevance in the student selection and that you are applying based on.

If the original degree certificates or transcripts of study records are not written in English, Finnish or Swedish, official translations 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 and a translation made by an authorised translator. A transcript in English can be replaced by a Diploma Supplement (DS) awarded by a European educational institution, provided that it contains the information about completed courses and other study attainments.

Please make sure that all attachments are good-quality, easy to read, full colour scans or photographs of the complete required document. Attachments that do not meet these requirements may be rejected.

Those applicants who have been granted a right to study and who have completed their prior degree abroad have to submit either the original degree certificates or certified copies of the degree certificates and other educational documents and the official translations of the documents to the University of Turku as instructed in the admission notification by 6 September 2024 at the latest. If the admitted applicant does not deliver the required certificates by the deadline, they forfeits the study right. Instructions on delivering certificates and country-specific requirements.

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 the language requirements on the webpage of the university’s graduate school: https://www.utu.fi/en/research/utugs/how-to-apply/language

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.

7. When only one supervisor for doctoral training is proposed, the supervisor’s justified plea for approval of only one supervisor must be attached to the application. See Before applying / Doctoral training at the Faculty of Medicine under section Supervision. 

8. Copy of a valid passport

Attach a copy of your valid passport or official identification card with photo and information on citizenship. If you have a Finnish personal identity code and you have entered it on the application form, you do not need to attach a copy of your passport.

The applicant must deliver all required documents by the end of the application period. Late submissions will not be processed.

Assessment of applications

Assessment procedure 

The FINDOS-Turku steering committee will process the applications. Applications may also be sent for evaluation to national and/or international reviewers. 

The research plans attached to the applications may be checked with the Turnitin OriginalityCheck plagiarism detection software in accordance with the University of Turku quality assurance system.

Assessment and selection criteria

In the selection, the following issues are emphasized: quality and feasibility of the research plan, the applicant’s research merits and completed studies. Additionally, the applicant’s capability and motivation to complete a doctoral degree are evaluated. The applicant’s research topic must fit in with the profile of the Doctoral Programme.

When admitting the right to study for a doctoral degree, the eligibility criteria of the applicant and the selection criteria of the Faculty of Medicine together with the selection criteria of the FINDOS-Turku doctoral programme are considered. 

Decisions

The Dean/ Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine decides on granting the right to study for a doctoral degree based on the proposals of the steering committees of the doctoral programme.

The admission decisions for the call from 28 February to 28 March are made by the end of May 2024. The admission decisions for the call from 1 to 15 May are made by 12 June 2024. All applicants will be personally informed about the decision.

An admitted applicant has to notify the University of Turku of their acceptance of the study place by 3:00 pm (Finnish time) on 14 June 2024 according to the instructions given in the admission notification (the call from 28 February to 28 March). An admitted applicant has to notify the University of Turku of their acceptance of the study place by 3:00 pm (Finnish time) on 19 June 2024 according to the instructions given in the admission notification (the call from 1 to 15 May). If the admitted applicant does not give the notification by the end of the allotted time period mentioned above, the applicant forfeits the study place. A person admitted to more than one university or polytechnic degree programme only notifies the one educational institution at which they choose to accept the study place. Notification, i.e. accepting a study place, is binding and may not be cancelled or changed later.

According to Finnish university legislation, an applicant may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term (autumn term 1 Aug – 31 Dec or spring term 1 Jan – 31 Jul). This rule applies to all higher education, i.e. Bachelor’s and Master’s level degrees awarded by Finnish universities of applied sciences, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees awarded by Finnish universities, and Licentiate and Doctoral degrees awarded by Finnish universities. This regulation is not applied to study rights received in transfer student selections, from the Åland University of Applied Sciences, from the Police University College, and from institutions of higher education outside Finland. 

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, on 6 September 2024 at the latest. If the admitted applicant does not deliver the required certificates by the deadline, they forfeit the study right.  Instructions on delivering certificates and country-specific requirements.

Appeal for rectification

If an applicant is dissatisfied with the result of the student selection (right to study for a doctoral degree), he/she has the right to submit an application for the rectification of the decision to the Faculty of Medicine within 14 days of the official publishing of the results. Contact information: med-doctoral@utu.fi.

Other

In the spring of 2024, the faculty is in the process of updating the curricula. The instructions and regulations regarding doctoral education, which will lead to e.g. the regulations regarding postgraduate studies and the dissertation may change from August 1, 2024. The accepted applicant will complete their doctoral degree in compliance with the regulations that come into effect on August 1, 2024. Any updating of the graduate study plan to comply with the new regulations will be instructed separately.

Additional information

FINDOS-Turku

Faculty of Medicine

Contacts:

Director of the FINDOS-Turku Ulvi Gursoy, ulvgur@utu.fi

Coordinator Sanni Helander sanni.helander@utu.fi

findos@utu.fi 

Funded Doctoral Researcher positions

The application period was open 28 August -15 September 2023

> Decisions 2024-2025 (pdf)