How to Apply to Doctoral Training in the Faculty of Science and Engineering

The doctoral degree in the Faculty of Science and Engineering can be completed in six doctoral programmes.

The following four programmes are coordinated in the Faculty of Science and Engineering:

It is also possible to belong to the doctoral programmes coordinated in the Faculty of Medicine and complete your degree in the Faculty of Science and Engineering:

Disciplines of postgraduate studies at the faculty

NATURAL SCIENCES

  • BIOSCIENCES
    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics
    • Food Chemistry
    • Molecular Plant Biology
    • Environmental Science
  • CHEMICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
    • Physics
    • Materials Science
    • Theoretical Physics
    • Astronomy
    • Chemistry
  • GEOSCIENCES
    • Geologia / Geology
      • Geology and mineralogy
      • Quaternary geology
    • Geography
      • Physical geography
      • Human geography
      • Regional geography
      • Geoinformatics
      • Economic geography
  • MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES AND STATISTICS
    • Mathematics
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Statistics
  • COMPUTER SCIENCES
    • Computer Science

TECHNOLOGY

  • BIOTECHNOLOGY
    • Biotechnology
    • Food Development
    • Sustainanbe Bioenergy
  • MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • MATERIALS ENGINEERING
    • Materials Engineering
  • INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
    • Information and Communication Technology

HUMANITIES

  • COMMUNICATION SCIENCES
    • Phonetics
Graduate School's call for applications

Graduate School's call for applications

You can see the call for applications only during the application period.

 

Application periods and forms

There are two application periods for the doctoral study right each year (in March and September). The next application periods are

  • 2-20 March 2020. Decisions will be announced by 31 May 2020. The study right begins on 1 August 2020.
  • 1-18 September 2020. Decisions will be announced by 30 November 2020. The study right begins 1 January 2021.
  • 1-19 March 2021. Decisions will be announced by 31 May 2021. The study right begins 1 August 2021.

The application is filled in via the electronic application form of the doctoral programme.

The application call, a link to the application form and detailed instructions for applying will be published on the websites of each doctoral programme. Please read carefully the instructions of the doctoral programme before your start filling in the application form.

The application is made electronically and it consists of the application form of a doctoral programme and required attachments. See the required attachments in the instructions of the doctoral programme.
 
 
Who can apply

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 eligibility criteria for the right to study for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Eligible applicants for studies leading to an academic or artistic licentiate or doctoral degree have completed

  1. a relevant Master’s degree awarded by a university;
  2. a relevant Master’s degree awarded by a university of applied sciences; or
  3. a relevant applicable study programme abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for the corresponding level of higher education.
Before Applying
  • For the March application round, it is a prerequisite that, before applying, the applicant has discussed supervision arrangements with his/her future supervisor and drafted a study plan. In this plan, supervision arrangements are agreed upon: supervisors and the Research Director are named.

  • For the September application round, not unlike the March application round, most doctoral programmes require that the applicant has discussed his/her study plan with the future supervisor beforehand. See the requirements on the doctoral programme's page.

  • Ensure that you have the necessary documents of your certificates. See Delivering degree certificates below.

  • Prepare all required application documents. See Application documents below.

  • Consider your possibilities for funding the doctoral training.

  • Read carefully the application instructions of your doctoral programme and the application call.

Application documents

Attach to your electronic application as a scanned copy:

  1. Degree certificate and the transcript of study records

    • If the applicant has completed the former degree(s) which make him/her eligible for doctoral studies at a university in Finland, the degree certificates, the transcripts of study records and other educational documents which may be of relevance in the student selection must be attached to the electronic application form.

    • 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), s/he must attach the following items to the electronic application form:

      • scanned original degree certificates (in the same language as the degree was completed in)

      • scanned original transcripts of study records (in the same language as the degree was completed in)

      • scanned other original educational documents which may be of relevance in the student selection

      • If the original degree certificates and other educational documents are not written in English, Finnish or Swedish, official translations to one of these languages must also be submitted. An official translation here refers to a translation of the educational documents issued by the awarding institution or a translation made by an authorized translator. A transcript in English can be replaced by a Diploma Supplement awarded by a European educational institution if it contains the information about completed courses and other study attainments.

        Those applicants who have been granted a right to study and who have completed their prior degree abroad have to submit either the original degree certificates or certified copies of the degree certificates and other educational documents and the official translations of the documents to the University of Turku as instructed in the admission notification. If the admitted applicant does not deliver the required certificates by the deadline set in the admission notification, he/she forfeits the study right. Instructions on delivering certificates and country-specific requirements are available here:

  2. Language test certificate (if required, see Language requirements for admission)
  3. Supervision plan signed by supervisor(s), a research director and the applicant
  4. Curriculum vitae: Please see the instructions of TENK for writing a CV.
  5. List of publication: Instructions in English and in Finnish
  6. Research plan: See instructions on writing the research plan from the websites of doctoral programmes.
  7. Doctoral programmes can have their own additional requirements of the documents. See, more information of required documents on the websites of programmes.

 

Delivering degree certificates

When applying for a study right, the degree certificate and transcript of studies of the degrees (Master's or equivalent) which grant the eligibility to apply as well as other selection criteria-related study certificates must always be attached to the electronic application as scanned copies.

If the certificates are in a language other than English, Finnish, or Swedish, a scanned copy of an official translation to one of these languages must be attached to the electronic application. A translation provided by the institution which has granted the degree, a translation by an authorized translator, and a certified copy of the institution's or an authorized translator's translation all count as an official translation.

  1. If the applicant has completed the prior degree which grants the eligibility to apply in a Finnish institution and enters his/her Finnish ID number in the application, verifying the degree will be conducted in the My Studyinfo (Opintopolku) system, and the degree certificates do not need to be delivered later on. If verifying the degree on My Studyinfo can not be conducted, the certificates need to be delivered as described in point 2 below.
  2. Accepted applicants who have completed their prior degree abroad, must deliver certified copies of the certificates and transcripts and their translations to the University of Turku as instructed in the acceptance letter. If the applicant does not deliver the certificates as required, the study right will be cancelled.
Verifying language proficiency

Applicants must have good English language skills and a certificate that proves those skills.

Language requirements for right to study for a doctoral degree

Evaluation of applications and selection criteria

The doctoral programme evaluates the applications once the application period is over. Selection is based on the information presented in the application and its appendices. If necessary, the doctoral programme may use external experts for review purposes and also evaluate the suitability and motivation of an applicant by conducting interviews.

In addition to the eligibility criteria for doctoral degrees, the educational and research-related merits, the quality of the research plan, and the research potential based on the application are used in the evaluation and selection of doctoral candidates. In the selection process, applicant's motivation, merits, completed studies, and the grade a Master's thesis (or equivalent) will be taken into account. An absolutely necessary prerequisite is that the doctoral candidate can be assigned a supervisor who has the scientific merits required of a supervisor. The doctoral candidate's research topic must fit in with the faculty's and its departments' reserach profile.

In order to be accepted as a doctoral candidate, an applicant is required to have completed the advanced studies in the Master’s degree with a “Good” grade or equivalent (Grade 3 in the Finnish grading system). If this is not the case, or if the subject of the Master’s degree differs from the field of research of the intended postgraduate studies, candidates will be asked to supplement their knowledge and skills to achieve the required level.

Decision and the appeal process


Vice Dean of the faculty decides on the study rights based on the evaluation of the doctoral programme and the statement from the department. The applicants will be individually informed about the decisions.

Should an applicant be dissatisfied with the decision, he/she may appeal against it by delivering a written, substantiated appeal to the Faculty of Science and Engineering within 14 days of being informed about the decision. The address for the appeals is:

The Faculty of Science and Engineering
Development services, Research career unit, Main building
20014 University of Turku
Finland

or by email to address: sci-docstudies@utu.fi.

Registration

A student completing a postgraduate degree is required to enrol annually as instructed by the university. Only a student who has enrolled as "attending" may participate in teaching and complete studies at the university.

Registration with the University for Postgraduate Education

  • Accept the offered study place at Studyinfo. You will have instructions in the acceptance email.
  • Your first registration as attending student for PhD studies is done automatically

After registration of your study right

UTU Account and Password

Further information

All questions regarding applying can be sent to sci-docstudies@utu.fi

Contact information for the faculty's doctoral training

Information for a new doctoral candidate