New doctoral candidate, welcome to the Faculty of Science and Engineering

On this page, we have collected information about what you should know when you start doctoral training at the University of Turku, Faculty of Science and Engineering.

My UTUGS -Tools for Doctoral Researchers

University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS) organizes a Welcome to UTUGS event twice a year which is intended for all new doctoral candidates. Participation to this event is highly recommended to all new doctoral candidates. The event includes infomation session of the faculty and its doctoral programmes as well.

  • My UTUGS -Tools for Doctoral Researchers, 16 September 2020. Lecture hall Laures 2, Medisiina D, 1st floor.
  • Information of the event
  • The session of the Faculty of Science and Engineering and its doctoral programmes will be orgnised on the same afternoon.


Registration with the University
  • Doctoral candidates need to register each academic year as an attending (present) or non-attending (absent) student. Only doctoral candidates registered as attending student can get credits entered into study register and can get a degree certificate. The registration period is annually 1 June – 31 August.
  • When you get the doctoral study right, your enrollment to your first academic period is done automatically. If you do not begin your studies and want to register as non-attending please notice that you'll need to have a special reason.
  • Registration with the university for postgraduate education
UTU account
  • With UTU account you can sign in to almost all the University’s data systems and all information of the University and doctoral programme is delivered using email (same as UTU account). The UTU account is created automatically but it needs to be activated.
  • Instruction for activating UTU account.
  • The faculty and doctoral programs use utu e-mail to convey messages. Please, read your utu e-mail!



UGIS is University of Turku Graduate School information system that digitizes the life cycle of doctoral training. UGIS can be used with Firefox, Chrome or Opera but not with Explorer or Edge. You can find UGIS from

Annual progress reporting
  • Monitoring the progress of the doctoral candidates is one of the key elements ensuring the quality of doctoral training. Monitoring the progress benefits especially the doctoral candidates but also the development of doctoral training in the doctoral programme and in the graduate school.
  • Doctoral candidates have to report their progress annually in January. New doctoral candidates report progress of their training for the first time after one, or one and a half years.
  • Annual progress reporting is also used to evaluate the activeness of the doctoral candidates.
Career and review discussion

University of Turku Graduate School aims to enable an opportunity for annual career and review discussion to all doctoral candidates. Doctoral candidates can have the discussion with their supervisor or as a part of the advisory committee meeting.

Career and review instructions in Intranet of UTU

Contact information

Contact information at the Facutly of Science and Engineering

  • You can find your doctoral programme coordinator (BGG, DPMLS, MATTI and PCS), chief academic officer and education secretary from Maaherran makasiini (Henrikinkatu 10, courtyard side).
  • Coordinators of DPCR and DRDP are in Medisiina (Medisiina, C7-kerros, Kiinamyllynkatu 10).



Postgraduate studies

Study guide
  • Study requirements are in the study guide.
  • Doctoral degree (240 ECTS) consist of a dissertation (200 ECTS) and postgraduate studies (40 ECTS).
  • From the study guide you can find curriculum of the your doctoral programme, UTUGS courses on general studies and courses offered by the departments.
Personal study plan

A new doctoral candidate must make a personal study plan within six months after the study right has started. You will make your personal study plan in eHOPS system. You will get instructions on how to make your study plan from the coordinator of your doctoral programme.

You can find instruction also from UGIS!

Registering study credits

Credits from courses you take at the University of Turku are registered routinely by the course teacher. Other credits (such as a presentation in a conference, teaching practise) are registered via electronic Apply for study credit form.

Other things

Research portal

Research portal is used for managing the data collected on research, maintaining the researchers' profile information (e.g. areas of expertise, research, teaching), and recording professional merits. Everyone should input their published articles' information to research portal annually.



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