InFLAMES Doctoral Module

The doctoral module of the InFLAMES Flagship (Innovation Ecosystem based on the Immune System) is aimed to prepare the doctoral candidates for the various careers in immunology and immunology-related areas in both academic and business sectors. On this website you can find information regarding the application process for, as well as the contents and completion of the doctoral module.

Please note that as many of the practical considerations regarding the module are still under construction, these sites are expected to be frequently updated.


InFLAMES Doctoral Module

The InFLAMES doctoral module is directed towards the doctoral candidates of InFLAMES-affiliated research groups focusing on the fields of immunology, immunology-based drug development and/or diagnostics. Doctoral candidates of the Åbo Akademi University may also complete the doctoral module.

The aim of the InFLAMES doctoral module is to prepare the doctoral candidates for the various careers in immunology and immunology-related areas in both academic and business sectors. The size of the doctoral module is planned to be 15 ECTS credits and it has been designed to be completed as a part of the doctoral studies education of the doctoral candidates. Doctoral candidates accepted to the doctoral module are also eligible for the InFLAMES Flagship allocated doctoral candidate positions. Successful candidates are granted a diploma upon the completion of the module.

The doctoral module is a part of the Academy of Finland funded InFLAMES Flagship organized by the University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Turku University Hospital, the City of Turku and the collaborating companies. The focus of the InFLAMES Flagship is to be an internationally recognized hub of immunological research and product development.

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Applying for the Doctoral Module

Applying for the InFLAMES doctoral module is done through the application process of the doctoral programs. Doctoral candidates of the FINDOS-, DRDP-, TuDMM-, DPCR- and DPT doctoral programs in the fields of immunology, immunology-based drug development and/or diagnostics and from the research groups affiliated with the InFLAMES Flagship can apply. The interested candidates can apply for the doctoral module through the application forms of the aforementioned doctoral programs by indicating their interest in the specifically designated section of the application form.

The selection of the accepted doctoral candidates for the doctoral module is done by the executive committee of the InFLAMES Flagship. The selection is done based on the research subject, the education and research history of the candidates and the evaluation regarding the compatibility with the goals of the Flagship.

The doctoral candidates accepted as part of the Fall applying period are informed of the results by the end of November.


InFLAMES-allocated Doctoral Candidate Positions

The doctoral candidates of the InFLAMES Flagship apply for the doctoral candidate positions of their own doctoral programmes. An additional question asking for the willingness of the applicants to also apply for the student at the InFLAMES doctoral module is included in the application form.

The InFLAMES Flagship has specifically allocated doctoral candidate positions not specific to any predetermined doctoral programmes. Doctoral candidates accepted to the InFLAMES doctoral module are eligible when these doctoral candidate positions are decided. The additional doctoral candidate positions are distributed among the applicant of the doctoral module based on the evaluations obtained from the doctoral programmes after their own doctoral candidate selections.


The Planned Study Structure of the Doctoral Module

The size of the doctoral module is 15 ECTS credits. The module consists of multiple submodules of varying sizes. The students of the module are free to compile their own 15 ECTS credits study composition by choosing their preferred submodules.

The submodules include lecture courses, seminar, research method studies communication training and education by the Flagship professors of practice, among others. More detailed information regarding the study options of the InFLAMES doctoral module can be found on this page and from the pages of the individual submodules.


The applicants selected for the InFLAMES-targeted doctoral candidate positions for the year 2022:

The Planned Submodules of the Doctoral Module

The structure of the doctoral module studies

The Planned Submodules of the InFLAMES Categorically Organized

  • Kickoff- and yearly seminars
  • InFLAMES seminar series
  • Immunology seminar series
Course Studies
  • Basic Immunology
  • Advanced Immunology
Methodological training
  • Flow cytometry
  • Immunohistology
  • Imaging - hands-on
Career Counseling
  • Discussions with the InFLAMES visiting professors
  • Discussions with the InFLAMES professors of practice
Innovation and Business Studies
  • Lectures by the professors of practice and the Unit of Innovations, Entrepreneurship and Transnational Education
  • Company visits
Communication Education
  • Training on communication, the popularization of science, pitching and presenting your own research
  • Personal and group training organized by the communication specialist
Journal Club
  • Journal club
Publishing Education
  • How to get an immunology paper into Science, Nature etc.

The Following Doctoral Programmes are the Participants of the InFLAMES Doctoral Module

The Coordinator of the InFLAMES Doctoral Module