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How to apply

Application period March 1 – 20, 2018

Note: The applicant has to take into account and comply with the instructions and criteria that apply to the specific application period.

Doctoral programmes of the Faculty of Medicine and their individual calls for applications and instructions:

Finnish Doctoral Program in Oral Sciences (FINDOS-Turku)
Drug Research Doctoral Programme (DRDP)
Turku Doctoral Programme of Molecular Medicine (TuDMM)
Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (TKT/DPCR)
Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science (DPNurs)

Faculty of Medicine instructions on applying for a right to study for doctoral degree

1. Who may apply

The right to study for doctoral degree at the Faculty of Medicine can be applied for by persons who meet the eligibility criteria for pursuing a doctoral degree, as stipulated in the Universities Act (558/2009, Section 37), as well as the prerequisites for pursuing a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Medicine.

Eligible for studies leading to an academic postgraduate degree is a person who has completed

1. an applicable higher university degree in Finland
2. an applicable higher polytechnic degree in Finland; or
3. an applicable education completed outside Finland which in the awarding country gives eligibility for corresponding higher education.

Degree specific prerequisites for pursuing a doctoral degree are written in the electronic curriculum 2016-2018 of the Faculty of Medicine: Academic postgraduate degrees.

2. Before applying

a) SUPERVISION: A person applying for the right to study for a doctoral degree must first discuss with his/her supervisor of the supervision of the thesis work, of the choice for a doctoral programme, the contents of the doctoral studies, the composition of the follow-up committee for doctoral training and other details related to the project (Study guide for academic postgraduate studies, chapter 4.3).

  • NB! It is recommended that at least one of the supervisors is employed by the University of Turku or has a title of docent granted by the University of Turku, since access to UTU IT-systems will be required.
  • The application form and the appendix to it include a summary of the research plan, a research plan, a schedule plan, a financing plan and a supervision plan. Additionally, the doctoral programmes may ask programme specific questions and require for specific appendixes.
  •  The supervision plan shall be drawn up together with the supervisor/-s and it must be enclosed including all signatures to the application’s appendix. The supervisor/-s are written into the application form and they give their consent to the supervision and to the submission of the application by signing the supervision plan. 

b) CONSENT OF THE HEAD OF THE DOCTORAL SUBJECT: The applicant must agree with the head of the doctoral subject on the possibility to carry out the thesis work in a given subject (department) before applying. The head of the doctoral subject gives her/his consent by signing the above mentioned supervision plan.

c) LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: The applicant needs to be proficient in either Finnish or English in order to be able to participate in teaching and to communicate with the university staff. In practice, knowledge in the English language is required always when working in an international science community. When applying for the right to study for a doctoral degree, the applicant must prove his or her language proficiency according to the instructions.

d) DEGREE GIVING THE ELIGIBILITY: To verify your eligibility, you must submit certain educational documents (conditional):

I. If the applicant has attained the higher university degree at the University of Turku or has a right to pursue specialization training at the University of Turku, doctoral degree certificate is not needed as an application enclosure.

II. If the applicant has attained the higher university degree at some other university in Finland, the degree certificates and the transcripts of study records must be attached to the electronic application form.

 III. If the applicant has completed the former degree(s), which make him/her eligible for doctoral studies, at a university abroad (i.e. outside Finland), the degree certificates, the transcripts of study records and other educational documents, which may influence on the student selection must be attached to the electronic application form. If the original degree certificates and other educational documents are not written in English, Finnish or Swedish, official translations to one of these languages are required. Translations of the educational documents must be issued by the awarding institution, officially certified copy of a translation issued by the awarding institution, translated by an official translator or an officially certified copy of a translation made by an official translator.

Please keep your original degree certificates and other relevant educational documents at hand during the application process, because the schedule for submitting the documents after the notice of acceptance is very tight. Those applicants who have been granted the right to study and who have completed their studies at a university abroad have to submit original or officially certified copies of the degree certificates, other educational documents and the official translations of the documents to the University of Turku by 15 June 2018. If the admitted applicant does not submit the degree documents in paper form as instructed in the time indicated, he/she shall forfeit the study place.
More information about the certificates needed

3. Application

The application consists of an electronic form and PDF files attached to it including all required material according to the instructions. A link to the electronic application form and the instructions for the PDF appendix files will be published on the website of each doctoral programme.

Period for applying starts on March 1, 2018 at 00:00 and ends on March 20, 2018 at 23:59:59 (time in Finland).Applications sent after the deadline will not be processed.

Applicants use the electronic form. In case problems occur in the electronic applying, contact the Chief academic officer, tel. +358-50-5634 662.

4. Evaluation of the applications

The doctoral programme evaluates the applications after the end of the application period. Common selection criteria will be found in the study guide for academic postgraduate studies. Selection criteria of each doctoral programme will be found in the call for applications of the doctoral programme at issue. Additionally, the doctoral programme evaluates how the research plan matches the profile of the doctoral programme. Applicants may be invited to an interview.

5. Decision process and accepting the study place

The decisions for the right to study for a doctoral degree from August 1, 2018 onwards are made by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine based on the proposal of the steering committee of the doctoral programme by the end of May 2018 at the latest. The applicants will be informed by email/regular mail.

NB! In spring 2018, the Faculty of Medicine is updating the rules concerning the doctoral training due to which there might be changes in the current doctoral training rules, study guide and curricula from August 1, 2018 onwards. Furthermore, the amount of postgraduate studies included in the doctoral degree of Philosophy and in the doctoral degree of Health Sciences may lower from 60 credits to 40 credits. An accepted applicant will study according to the rules coming into effect on August 1, 2018. If the postgraduate study plan has to be updated according to the new rules, it will be instructed separately.

An admitted applicant has to notify University of Turku of his/her acceptance of the study place by the 15 June 2018 at 15.00 (time in Finland) according to the instructions given in the admission notification. If the admitted applicant does not give the notification in the time indicated, he/she shall forfeit the study place. A person admitted to more than one university or polytechnic degree has to notify only the degree in which he/she accepts the study place. Notification is binding, it is not possible to cancel or change it later.

According to Finnish legislation, student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term (autumn term 1.8.-31.12. or spring term 1.1.-31.7). This rule applies to all higher education. Higher education degrees included in the rule are Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities of applied sciences, Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities and Licentiate and Doctoral degrees awarded by Finnish universities. Only exemptions are Transfer student selections, the Åland Polytechnic and the Police College of Finland.  

6. Appeal proceedings

In the case the applicant thinks that there has been a mistake in the selection procedure, he/she has the right to submit a demand for rectification of the decision concerning admission from the Faculty of Medicine within 14 days of the official publishing of the results. The demand must be made in writing and must include detailed grounds for the rectification. The demand for rectification must be sent to the Faculty of Medicine and sent to the address: Outi Irjala, Faculty of Medicine, FI-20014 University of Turku, Finland or outi.irjala(a)utu.fi.

7. Registration with the University of Turku

The postgraduate student (doctoral candidate) needs to register at the University of Turku each academic year according to the instructions of the university. Only those who have registered as attending are allowed to pursue doctoral studies, i.e. to register for a course or exam and have their credits or degree entered into the study register.

8. Additional information

Faculty of Medicine: med-doctoral(a)utu.fi

Doctoral programmes and doctoral programme specific instructions and link to the electronic application form:

Finnish Doctoral Program in Oral Sciences (FINDOS-Turku)
Drug Research Doctoral Programme (DRDP)
Turku Doctoral Programme of Molecular Medicine (TuDMM)
Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (TKT/DPCR)
Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science (DPNurs)

 

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