A doctoral degree consists of a doctoral dissertation in addition to studies worth 40 credits. If you study on a full-time basis, you can complete your degree in approximately four years.
The primary focus of the degree is on research work and activities in the academic community. The doctoral thesis presents the results of your research work. See more information on the scope and structure of a doctoral thesis in the article Structure and criteria of doctoral theses.
In all the University of Helsinki doctoral programmes, the studies included in the degree are divided into two study modules:
- Discipline-specific studies (30 credits)
- Transferable skills (10 credits)
You can complete as much studies as you like, but a max. 45 credits can be included in your degree.
Teaching is carried out in accordance with the doctoral programme's curriculum. Each study unit in the curriculum has one or several methods of completion (e.g., lecture course, independent studies, exam, seminar), and after their successful completion, you will have completed the study unit in question and will receive a grade.
The faculty councils make decisions on the curricula, and the curricula are valid always for three academic years. Currently all teaching is arranged according to the 2020–2023 curricula. Get to know the curriculum of your doctoral programme right at the beginning of your studies and plan your studies using the instructions on the Planning your doctoral studies page.
Teaching for the coming academic year is published in Sisu and Courses as a rule by the end of June. Final teaching programmes contain information on the schedules, facilities, teachers, languages of instruction, methods of completion and enrolment. For more information on teaching and enrolment, please see page Teaching and course registration for doctoral researchers.