Doctoral Training in the Faculty of Science

High quality research is a strength of this multidisciplinary faculty, in which numerous research projects offer inspiring assignments for doctoral candidates. Doctoral training is organised into doctoral programmes, which actively develop the contents of the education and support internationalisation.

The faculty offers high-quality education which aims for a Doctor of Philosophy degree in natural sciences.
Timetable of the faculty's decisions concerning doctoral education

Dean's decisions

The most matters concerning doctoral education are decided by the Vice Dean. Such matters include:

  • appointing pre-examiners, Opponent and Custos;
  • the permission to send a thesis manuscript to pre-examination;
  • the permission for the defence of dissertation;
  • postgraduate degree study rights;
  • updates to supervision plans;
  • other postgraduate matters

Documents for decision-making should be submitted a couple of days before the closing date.

Preliminary timetable for Vice Dean's decisions

The Vice Dean makes decisions on the dates specified in the schedule. Documents for decision-making should be submitted a couple of days earlier.

  • 27 August 2021
  • 10 September 2021
  • 24 September 2021
  • 8 October 2021
  • 22 October 2021
  • 5 November 2021
  • 19 November 2021
  • 3 December 2021

Faculty Board

The Faculty Board makes decides on accepting doctoral dissertations.

The meeting timetable of the Faculty Board:

  • 26 August 2021
  • 23 September 2021
  • 28 October 2021
  • 25 November 2021
  • 16 December 2021
Change in the doctoral programme structure

The Rector has decided that the doctoral programme structure of the University of Turku will change. The following doctoral programmes will not continue
beyond 2021.

  • Doctoral Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences (PCS)
  • Doctoral Programme in Mathematics and Computer Sciences (MATTI)
  • Doctoral Programme in Molecular Life Sciences (DPMLS)

Doctoral candidates who are pursuing their doctoral degrees in these doctoral programmes are transferred by the decicion of Deans on 1 January 2022 to doctoral programmes in the new doctoral programme structure as follows:

  • All doctoral candidates in the Doctoral Programme in Molecular Life Sciences (DPMLS) are transferred to the Doctoral Programme in Technology (DPT).
  • Doctoral candidates in the Doctoral Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences (PCS) studying Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Theoretical Physics or Astronomy as their major are transferred to the Doctoral Programme in Exact Sciences (EXACTUS). Doctoral candidates studying Materials Engineering as their major are transferred to the Doctoral Programme in Technology (DPT).
  • Doctoral candidates in the Doctoral Programme in Mathematics and Computer Sciences (MATTI) studying Mathematics, Applied Mathematics or Statistics as their major are transferred to the Doctoral Programme in Exact Sciences (EXACTUS). All other doctoral candidates in the programme, i.e. those studying Phonetics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Information and Communication Technology or Information Systems Science as their major, are transferred to the Doctoral Programme in Technology (DPT).

Changes in study requirements

The study requirements of EXACTUS do not fundamentally differ form requirements of PCS and MATTI.

The code of conduct of postgraduate studies of the faculty says that postgraduate students who have begun their training before 1 August 2018 are able to complete postgraduate studies in accordance with the old study requirements of the faculty (60 ECTS) until 31 July 2024 after which all postgraduate degrees are subject to the applicable degree requirements.