TTT2 Doctor of Health Sciences (PhD, Health Sciences)/ Licentiate, DPNurs Doctoral Programme, 150–240 ECTS

Learning outcomes

Those graduating from the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science are acquainted with general research methods of the discipline, research planning and evaluation of the results, academic writing, historical and ethical grounds for research work, and have the general transferable skills of a researcher. The objective of the discipline-specific studies is that doctoral candidates familiarise themselves in depth with the knowledge and research methods of their own field and learn to monitor the academic development in the field. Those graduating from the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science have the ability to work in an international research community.

Content

Doctor of Health Sciences consists of postgraduate studies of 60 credits, and a doctoral thesis and a public defence of the doctoral thesis of 180 credits (a total of 240 credits). Licentiate of Health Sciences consists of postgraduate studies of 60 credits and a licentiate thesis of 90 credits (a total of 150 credits).

Doctor of Health Sciences and Licentiate in Health Sciences are pursued in the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science (DPNurs).

Prerequisites

The right to pursue postgraduate studies aiming at a licentiate and/or a doctoral degree in health sciences may be granted by the Faculty to a person who has attained a Bachelor or Masters Degree in health sciences or who has completed a Finnish or a foreign degree on a corresponding level. (Universities Act 558/2009, section 37). The person should have sufficient education and knowledge of research methodology, and the grade received for the major subject of the Master's Degree should be at least "good". If the main subject is not identifiable (e.g. international students), study achievement must be proved by other means.

Further information

The Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science is well-known for its research and education both nationally and internationally. It is an integral part the University of Turku Department of Nursing Science which is among the best corresponding units in Finland.

DPNurs educates researchers of nursing science for national and international needs in the fields of social and health services, education, business, and industry. DPNurs supports expertise required in research activities and systematic career development in nursing science. DPNurs is nationally and internationally well-known for its research and education and has close connections with the Department of Nursing Science which is among the best nursing science units in Finland.

Doctoral candidates of DPNurs receive a high level of education in the areas the Programme is focused on in its profile and strategy: value basis and ethics in nursing, clinical nursing science, older people nursing, mental health, health care services and health care education. Doctoral candidates are involved in the international nursing and health science community, where the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science has strong connections.

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Doctor of Health Sciences (PhD, Health Sciences)/ Licentiate, DPNurs Doctoral Programme

Post-graduate Studies 60 ECTS
Postgraduate studies in nursing science and research seminars 30–38 ECTS
The doctoral candidate has to complete discipline-specific studies i.e. postgraduate studies in nursing science and research seminars the minimum amount of 30 credits. Postgraduate studies altogether must form 60 credits including postgraduate studies in nursing science, research seminars and studies related to the research field. E.g. If the doctoral candidate completes 30 credits of postgraduate studies in nursing science and research seminars, s/he has to complete 30 credits of studies related to the research field. The doctoral candidate may gather discipline-specific studies from the alternatives below or from other corresponding training.
Studies related to the research field 22–30 ECTS
The doctoral candidate has to complete studies related to the research field the minimum amount of 22 credits including the obligatory Ethics of Academic research course (or equivalent) 2 credits. Postgraduate studies altogether must form 60 credits including postgraduate studies in nursing science, research seminars and studies related to the research field. E.g. If the doctoral candidate completes 22 credits of studies related to the research field, s/he has to complete 38 credits of postgraduate studies in nursing science and research seminars. The doctoral candidate may gather studies related to the research field from the alternatives below or from other corresponding training.
Faculty of Medicine
DP in Medicine
Finnish Study Modules
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