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Join us for your doctoral studies at the University of Turku!

“The research conducted at the University of Turku is ethical and scientifically excellent. Our research has significant impact and meets future global challenges. Close national and international research collaboration strengthens the University’s position among the leading research universities in the world.”
(Strategy 2030 of the University of Turku).

The University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS) provides an international research community and a high-quality supervision, with emphasis on supervisors’ expertise and commitment to personalized supervision of doctoral researchers.

There are 16 Doctoral Programmes covering all the disciplines at the University of Turku, with approximately 2,000 doctoral researchers in total from over 70 countries. More than 180 doctoral degrees are completed each year. 

Right to study for doctoral degree are applied through doctoral programmes. Application periods are decided by the University of Turku Graduate School's Steering Committee, and are published on this website. There are approximately 200 doctoral researchers funded positions which you can apply in the autumn application period.

Next application period (only some doctoral programmes):

1 May 2024 – 15 May 2024 at 3 pm  (Europe/Helsinki). Study right begins on 1 August 2024.

In this application period you can apply for the following doctoral programmes:

  • Doctoral Programme in Exact Sciences (EXACTUS)
  • Finnish Doctoral Programme in Oral Sciences (FINDOS Turku)
  • Doctoral Programme on Educational Policy, Lifelong Learning and Comparative Education Research (KEVEKO)
  • Drug Research Doctoral Programme (DRDP)
  • Turku Doctoral Programme of Molecular Medicine (TuDMM)
  • Doctoral Programme on Learning, Teaching and Learning Environments Research (OPPI)
  • Doctoral Programme in Technology (DPT)
  • Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (DPCR)

Application instructions will be published on the doctoral programme website before the application period opens.

Application periods for the academic year 2024 - 2025:

  • 28 August -13 September, 2024 (right to study from 1 January 2025 and doctoral researcher positions with employment contract)
  • 3 March - 14 March, 2025 (right to study from 1 August 2025)  
Doctoral candidate Armin Nabizadeh
Most of the PhD projects at UTU are in collaboration with other universities all around the world which helps the students build their own networks.
Armin Nabizadeh, Doctoral Researcher

Ready to start your research career at the University of Turku?