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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.
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.