University of Turku Graduate School UTUGS - for Doctoral Candidate

The University of Turku Graduate School UTUGS is responsible for the development of doctoral education and provides support for doctoral candidates at different stages of education.

Doctoral programmes
Courses and training

​UTUGS provides multiple courses and activities to all doctoral candidates and early-stage researchers at the University of Turku.

UTUGS courses 2018-2020 are found in the electronic study guide.

Faculties and Doctoral Programmes can also offer courses that are sometimes open to all doctoral candidates. These are informed separately by email.

Courses

 


Activities

FIRST ARTICLE LANGUAGE CHECKING SERVICE (FALCS)*

  • Target group: Doctoral Candidates at the University of Turku working on their first article* for publication (in English)
  • Organizers: The University of Turku Language Centre and UTUGS
  • *nb! also parts of monografies can be checked

STATISTICAL COUNSELLING (Tilastollinen neuvonta)

  • Target group: Doctoral Candidates at the University of Turku who need counselling with their statistical analyses
  • Organizers: The Center of Statistics,  University of Turku

SUOMEN KIELEN KLINIKKA FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND STAFF

  • Target group: all non-Finnish speakers at the university who already are at the level of being able to express themselves in written and oral Finnish (=B to C-level)
  • Further information: Markku Nikulin (marnik-at-utu.fi)
  • Organizer: suomen kielen oppiaine   

 
Career guidance

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

University of Turku organises the Three Minute Thesis competition for doctoral candidates in February-March. The competition provides the participants excellent practice for presenting, popularising, and summarising their own research topics. The participants will receive 1 credit for their UTUGS science communication studies.

Please find more information from the webpages of 3MT: https://www.utu.fi/en/research/utugs/for-doctoral-candidate/3mt

UGIS – Information System of the Graduate School

UGIS is an information system developed for the needs of the university's graduate school. It contains the information about all the doctoral students and their supervisors in each doctoral programme at the university. UGIS covers the life cycle of doctoral education in its entirety (from an applicant all the way to a disputant). Its function is to act as a portal, which offers instructions as well as digital services such as accepting doctoral studies credits and e-forms related to the dissertation process. The supervisor is able to see all his/her students and monitor their progress. In addition to students and supervisors, among UGIS users are coordinators and secretaries from the doctoral programmes and faculties.

>> https://ugis.utu.fi  

How to use UGIS

Annual progress reporting

As an attending student, a doctoral candidate is required to hand in an annual progress report to their doctoral programme in January. However, a doctoral candidate has to report his/her progress for the first time when his/her right to study for a doctoral degree has started one academic year or one and a half academic year ago. The instructions on how to hand in the progress report are sent by the coordinator of the Doctoral Programme annually.

Passive study right

Please find the general passive register information here: https://www.utu.fi/en/study-at-utu/registration/passive

Information especially about the activeness of a doctoral candidate and passive register instructions for postgraduate students can be found here: https://www.utu.fi/en/study-at-utu/registration/passive/instructions-for-postgraduate-students.

Mentoring

A joint mentoring programme of University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University supports doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers in their career development and in recognizing one's professional skills and expertise. Mentoring is a guidance process during which a competent and experienced expert (mentor) provides support to a person (mentee) motivated to develop their skills. Mentoring is carried out in small groups or in pairs (1 mentor and 1-2 mentees). Mentoring can be useful, for example, for planning or redirecting one's career, expanding networks and recognizing one's expertise. Mentoring is based on openness, confidentiality and commitment. Taking part in the mentoring programme requires commitment, active participation and professional interest in the mentor and his/her expertise.

Mentees for the mentoring programme are selected based on the applications. The mentoring programme begins every year in January and ends in October. The application period for the mentoring programme is in September. Enrollment for the mentors is open all year round.

>> What is mentoring? Read more about mentoring and the mentoring programmes at the University of Turku
 

>> Read about mentors and mentees' experiences in the mentoring process
 

>> How to apply for the mentoring programmes of doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers

Guidelines for dissertation defence
Funding opportunities and international collaboration

The Graduate School organizes calls for funded doctoral candidate positions once a year, in autumn. The calls for UTUGS-funded doctoral programme positions are organizedat the same time in each UTUGS Doctoral Programme. Please check the call for application from the webpages of the Doctoral Programme you are applying to:

Other funding opportunities and research mobility:

See also 'Research Abroad' web pages at UTU Intranet.

Researcher mobility plays an essential role in the emergence of new topics, technologies, networks and results of research. Thus, science is international by nature and internationality plays an integral part throughout the researcher career, starting from the doctoral training stage. 

Graduate School's policies and guidelines

Graduate School's policies and guidelines are available in the University's intranet.

> Graduate School's intranet pages

Annual registration with the University