For a new doctoral researcher
By selecting a degree programme you are able to see the general content as well as the possible degree programme-specific content. You do not have to select a degree programme to see the Open University's instructions.
Search for degree programme
When you search for a degree programme by name or by part of the name the options in the list of degree programmes below the search field is narrowed down. After this you have to choose the degree programme from the list.
Master's and Licentiate's Programmes
Specialist training programmes
Once you have accepted the offered study place, your information will be saved to the University of Helsinki student register Sisu within a few weeks. You will be notified by email once your information has been saved.
You can update your contact details on Sisu or notify a Student service point.
The certificate of student status is a free-of-charge certificate of attendance or non-attendance available to all degree students.
Are you moving to Helsinki? We strongly recommend that you start searching for a flat as soon as you have accepted the offered study place. There is a lack of housing in the Helsinki area and finding an available flat can take time.
Citizens of countries outside the EU, Switzerland or Liechtenstein must apply for a residence permit. You will need a hosting agreement from the university as a part of your application.
You can have an affordable lunch at the UniCafe cafeterias on all campuses. All doctoral students who have registered as attending are entitled to the postgraduate lunch discount at Unicafe.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the number of new terms you have encountered at the start of your doctoral studies? Have you taken a long break from your studies and are in need of a bit of orientation?
Discipline, doctoral programme, faculty, doctoral school? Get acquainted with the organizational structure of doctoral education.
Once you have accepted the place offered to you, activated your user account and read the key practical instructions for new students, you still face the biggest hurdle for new doctoral students: getting started with your doctoral dissertation and the related studies. Nervous? Don’t worry – you’re not alone!