Plan your studies and research
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
Scope and structure of doctoral degrees
The doctoral education offered by the University of Helsinki provides a wide range of knowledge and skills for employment, whether as a researcher or an expert carrying out demanding tasks beyond academia.
Structure and criteria of doctoral dissertations
The doctoral dissertation and related research are the most significant and extensive part of a doctoral degree. The University of Helsinki does not measure dissertations in credits, but their scope has been calculated to correspond to approximately 200 credits.
Planning and completion of doctoral studies
Prospective doctoral students must draw up their first study plan when applying for admission. However, their plan may later change and become more specific. When beginning your studies, discuss your study plan with your supervisor and, if necessary, supplement it.
Teaching for doctoral candidates
There are many ways to complete studies related to the doctoral degree and only a small share of the studies involve traditional course-based teaching.
The University of Helsinki uses the electronic Thessa tool for the planning, supervision and monitoring of doctoral studies. With Thessa, you can plan your dissertation project, track your progress and draw up a supervision plan with your supervisors.
Sisu and doctoral studies
In March 2021, WebOodi will be replaced by a new student information system Sisu. In Sisu you will plan your studies, register for courses, and when the time comes, submit your request for graduation. You can always find the link to Sisu on the navigation pane at the top of this page.
Recognition of prior learning to a doctoral degree
Students can apply for the recognition of prior studies or other learning for their doctoral degree. The level and content of such studies or learning must correspond to the learning outcomes set in the curriculum of your doctoral programme.
The University of Helsinki offers doctoral degrees as the primary postgraduate research degree, but postgraduate students can also choose to complete a research-oriented licentiate degree.
Doctoral studies at other Finnish universities (JOO)
Sometimes the topic of a doctoral dissertation or Licentiate thesis requires complementary studies at another university.