Finnish Doctoral Programme in Oral Sciences - for the Doctoral Candidate

FINDOS-Turku doctoral candidates are privileged to participate in an excellent Doctoral training program including basic and advanced research courses in oral science, as well as extensive transferable skills offered by the doctoral program, FINDOS network and UTUGS. The goal is to achieve the doctoral degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku in four years net time in the doctoral program. In addition to the supervisor, the progress of the doctoral candidate is supported by a carefully selected Follow-up group and FINDOS.


The purpose of the FINDOS doctoral programme is to provide high quality education in different fields of oral sciences leading to a PhD degree. In addition, the programme is aimed at improving contacts between the doctoral candidates and research groups in the field of oral sciences. This may open new views and bring motivation in the PhD work.

Training and teaching in FINDOS are based on locally organized regular seminars and journal clubs complemented with joint annual symposia, summer schools and research training courses. The guiding principle is to invite the doctoral candidates and their supervisors to jointly participate in seminars, thematic symposia with international partners, laboratory-oriented methodology workshops, summer schools and journal clubs organized by the FINDOS and its members.

General instructions for doctoral studies

University of Turku Graduate School UTUGS is responsible for the development of doctoral education and provides support for doctoral candidates during doctoral training.

General instructions for doctoral studies

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Postgraduate studies

Doctor of Dental Science
Doctor of Medical Science
Doctor of Philosophy

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FINDOS-Turku programme 2020

3.2.2020 at 9.15-14.00
My UTUGS - Tools for Doctoral Researchers
Lecture hall Laurén 2, Medisiina D, 1st floor

FINDOS-Turku seminars / National FINDOS video seminars
Seminars take place on selected Wednesdays.

16.9.2020 at 9.15-14.45
My UTUGS - Tools for Doctoral Researchers

December 2020 - postponed
The 2nd FINDOS-Turku Annual Meeting for Doctoral Candidates and Supervisors

All FINDOS-Turku doctoral candidates and supervisors are welcome to attend. Doctoral students have possibility to give short presentation about the topic and progress of their dissertation. Doctoral candidates get 1 ECTS for participating in the full program including the oral presentation.

For more information, please see the 1st FINDOS-Turku seminar programme 2019: Programme - Welcome to FINDOS-Turku Annual Meeting

Courses and local seminars in Turku

FINDOS Symposium

10.12.2020 webinar at 13:00-16:30

National FINDOS network

Helsinki: FINDOS-Helsinki

Oulu: University of Oulu Graduate Schoole UniOGS

Kuopio: UEF Doctoral School / Doctoral Programme of Clinical Research

Applying for study credits

Attendance to postgraduate courses, scientific seminars, conferences etc. organized outside UTU can be accepted as part of your postgraduate studies with an electronic form which you can find in UGIS portal (if you have been granted the right to study for a doctoral degree after 1 January 2013).

 > UGIS portal > Links > Apply for study credit / Yksittäisen opintosuorituksen hyväksyntä

Follow-up committee meeting and annual progress report

Doctoral candidate should convene a follow-up committee meeting and report to the members on the progress of the thesis work and doctoral training at least once a year. The follow-up committee members will have valueable impact on the thesis work in general, and in particular if any difficulties emerge. The task of the follow-up group is to help and support the doctoral candidate in scientific and other issues. The Follow-up group will monitor the progress of the doctoral candidate’s PhD project until the dissertation.

The progress of the doctoral candidates in FINDOS is evaluated annually by the follow-up group (annual follow up group meeting) and by the FINDOS doctoral programme (annual progress report). The purpose of the annual monitoring is:

  • to check on individual progress (both research and formal training)
  • to ensure that the points raised are appropriately addressed
  • to discern trends and issues which may need addressing in a more generic manner

The progress of the thesis work and the result of the meeting should be stated in an annual progress report form given by the doctoral programme. The purpose is to monitor the realisation of the supervision plan and the activity of the follow-up committee.

Doctoral candidate fills in an electronic progress report to the doctoral programme in January - instructions at the Faculty of Medicine

In order to maintain an active study right, a doctoral candidate is required to enrol every year, either as an attending or a non-attending student. As an attending student, a doctoral candidate is required to hand in an annual progress report to their doctoral programme in January. In addition, the supervisor needs to express their support for maintaining the active study right.

Dissertation process and graduation

Instructions for dissertation process are in the UGIS portal and the whole process is carried out in the portal.

>UGIS portal

See also instructions at the Faculty of Medicine website.

FINDOS-Turku steering committee

The term of office: 1.1.2020-31.7.2021

Assistant Professor Ulvi Gürsoy (Chair of the board National FINDOS)

Professor Arzu Tezvergil-Mutluay (Deputy Director)
Professor Timo Närhi
Professor Hanna Thorén
Professor Ilkka Julkunen
Professor Satu Lahti
Docent Vuokko Loimaranta
University Lecturer Jaana Willberg
Liisa Lehto, DDS, Doctoral Candidate