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.
Page ContentDoctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG)
Rector of the University of Turku has appointed 16 doctoral programmes for the term 1.8. - 31.7.2021. Three doctoral programmes' (PCS, MATTI and DPMLS) term of office expires on 31.12.2021. No new doctoral candidates will be admitted to these end-of-term programmes.
- Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG)
- Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (DPCR)
- Doctoral Programme on Educational Policy, Lifelong Learning and Comparative Education Research (KEVEKO)
- Doctoral Programme in History, Culture and Arts Studies (Juno)
- Doctoral programme on Inequalities, Interventions and New Welfare State (DPInvest)
- Doctoral Programme in Languages and Translation Studies (Utuling)
- Doctoral Programme in Law
- Doctoral Programme on Learning, Teaching and Learning Environments Research (OPPI)
- Doctoral Programme in Mathematics and Computer Sciences (MATTI)
- Doctoral Programme in Molecular Life Sciences (DPMLS)
- Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science (DPNurs)
- Doctoral Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences
- Doctoral Programme in Technology (DPT)
- Doctoral Programme of Social and Behavioural Sciences (DPSoc)
- Doctoral Programme of Turku School of Economics
- Drug Research Doctoral Programme (DRDP)
- Finnish Doctoral Program in Oral Sciences (FINDOS Turku)
- Turku Doctoral Programme of Molecular Medicine (TuDMM)
Turku Doctoral Programme of Molecula
UTUGS provides multiple courses and activities to all doctoral candidates and early-stage researchers at the University of Turku.
UTUGS courses 2020-2022 are found in the electronic study guide. Because of the Coronavirus, the courses are carried out using remote connections during spring 2020. Please consult the course's responsible teacher to get more information and keep an eye on UTU's instructions concerning the Coronavirus.
Faculties and Doctoral Programmes can also offer courses that are sometimes open to all doctoral candidates. These are informed separately by email.
- UTUGS courses in the study guide
- Staff training courses (HRD unit)
- Online courses (FinDocNet)
- Åbo Akademi's courses
- 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
- 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
Sustainable development is one of the core values in the University of Turku (UTU) strategy. A link to UTU strategy for 2021–2030.
UTUGS and the Åbo Akademi University organize a pilot sustainable development course Multidisciplinary Approaches to Sustainability for doctoral candidates in spring 2021. See more information here.
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.
UGIS is an information system developed for the needs of the university's graduate school. It contains the information about all the doctoral candidates 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 doctoral candidates and supervisors, among UGIS users are coordinators and secretaries from the doctoral programmes and faculties.
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.
The annual progress reporting is used to monitor Doctoral Candidates' activity. More information about the activeness of Doctoral Candidates and instructions for postgraduate Students can be found here.
Educating future experts who will solve complex scientific questions and social issues and build a sustainable world is a strategic goal of the University of Turku. In doctoral training, this goal is met by providing high-quality supervision, with emphasis on supervisors’ expertise and commitment to personalised supervision of doctoral candidates. In accordance with the goals set in the strategy, supervision of doctoral candidates should be inspiring and flexible, and it should support the candidates’ research and doctoral education.
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
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:
- Doctoral Programmes of UTUGS (travel grants)
- AURORA (funding database)
- Research Professional (in Intranet)
- Turku University Foundation
- University of Turku Grants for Studies and Internships Abroad (in Intranet)
- CIMO - Centre for International Mobility
- EUI - European University Institute
- The Foundations' Post Doc Pool
- Fulbright Center
- IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
- Japan International Science and Technology Exchange Center
- Suomen tieteelliset seurat / Finnish Learned Societies
- Academy of Finland
- European University Association
- Doctoral training in Coimbra Group Universities
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 are available in the University's intranet.
Services that support Doctoral Candidates' well-being
- Campus Sport (webpage) offers sports services for students and staff.
- Study Psychologist's sevices are available to non-empoyed doctoral candidates. The Study Psychologist can offer help with: studying and learning skills, writing the thesis (for example, seminar papers and the thesis itself), matters related to motivation in studying and learning, time management and ability to study and coping. Empoyed doctoral candidates can contact occupational health care psychologists (intranet page).
- The accessibility designer guides students and staff on various accessibility issues. The aim of special arrangements for different learners is to support equal opportunities for students to complete their studies.
- The Study and Work Well-being Services (intranet page) provides university students and employees with services supporting well-being at work in a cross-functional manner, taking into account different kinds of situations. The unit provides the member of the university community with everyday support and services such as training and coaching that promotes well-being at work, supporting work communities in change, early support and mediation, coordination of student health and occupational health care, safety issues, and accessibility services.
- The Study and Work Well-being Services use the early support model (Vartu) in situations where mediation is needed within the work community. The model for early support in situations where mediation is needed within the student community is called OpintoVartu. OpintoVartu's support contact persons will also help Doctoral Candidates if needed. (The links will take you to intranet pages)
- Staff training (intranet pages) is available in Konsta. Staff training is intended for all university staff. With other funding, such as researchers working on a grant, can also participate in staff training.
- In addition to preventive occupational health care (intranet pages), the University organises medical services and other health care for its staff whose regular working hours are at least 14 hours per week. Please note that clinic visits at Mehiläinen (doctors' and nurses' appointments) are available only during weekdays 8am - 8pm (not on mid-week holidays).
- The university's Occupational Safety (intranet pages): The Occupational Safety Manager and the Occupational Safety Committee together support the university employees in occupational health and safety matters.
- The Information Security Manager (intranet page) is responsible for the development of information security, monitoring its implementation at the university, as well as external cooperation.
- Tips for working remotely (intranet pages)
- Information and tips for taking care of your well-being during the coronavirus situation and working remotely, as well as when returning to the office (intranet pages).
- Network for Early-Career Researchers in Turku (NERT): The aims of NERT are to act as mediators and communicators in varied issues; work in cooperation with different organisations in the the University of Turku and existing research communities in the Turku region; as well as create opportunities for networking, sharing information, peer support, socializing and promoting interests of its members. Join the emailing list of NERT here. Find the NERT LinkedIn group here.
- Rekry (intranet page) provides personal career guidance for students and recent graduates.
- The mentoring program for Doctoral Candidates and Postdoctoral Researchers (website) provides support in developing and identifying one's own competence.
- The feedback system supports the development of doctoral training on the basis of feedback from Doctoral Candidates, e.g. through the graduate school monitoring system.
NOTE! The use of the Peppi system will expand in August 2021, when it will replace the Nettiopsu, Opsu, EHops system, Nettiopsu Open University and Rekka. Peppi is a data system that is widely used within the educational sector in Finland. Many universities are about to implement the system in the following few years. At the moment there is a joint development project, which aims at enhancing the system to respond to universities' needs for a comprehensice student administration system.
In addition to the Peppi intranet pages (requires login), there are general instructions in English on how to use the data system. However, these instructions are only partly applicable to the University of Turku, as we do not yet have all the components in use.