Drug Research Doctoral Programme (DRDP), 220–240 ECTS

Learning outcomes

- Readiness to conduct independent scientific research
- Ability to critically evaluate existing scientific knowledge and ability to formulate relevant research plans to produce missing information
- Good knowledge on the methods of drug research and drug discovery
- Sufficient knowledge on the bioscientific basis of drug research and research methods of drug research and drug discovery and related disciplines (pharmacology, pharmacogenetics, molecular biology, pharmacoepidemiology etc.)
- Readiness to take part in the activities of the scientific community (conferences, research centre visits, laboratory courses, publishing, peer review etc.)
- Good skills in oral and written scientific presentation
- Adoption of scientific reasoning and internalisation of good scientific conduct (research ethics)
- Ability to work in demanding and responsible tasks of an expert as a member of a multi-professional work community

Content

Drug Research Doctoral Programme offers doctoral candidates a method and substance training in their own field of research and participates with other doctoral programmes of the University of Turku in the planning and organisation of the general studies included in doctoral studies.

Doctoral candidates who have not completed drug research training in their basic studies are encouraged to attend the basic degree courses of drug discovery.

DRDP organises training as a part of a national FinPharmaNet-network which offers comprehensive training to researchers in the field of drug research. DRDP doctoral candidates have the possibility to attend all FinPharmaNet activities.

Also, for example Turku BioNet network, Graduate School of University of Turku (UTUGS) and its doctoral programmes, and Post Graduate Unit of Faculty of Medicine (PGE) organise suitable courses for the theoretical studies in doctoral education.

Further information

The doctoral candidates of Drug Research Doctoral Programme (DRDP) carry out their doctoral studies at the Faculty of Medicine or at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

The target degrees in the Faculty of Medicine are:

- Doctor of Medical Science (MD, PhD / 40 credits)
https://nettiopsu.utu.fi/opas/opintoKokonaisuus.htm?rid=31158&lang=en&uiLang=en&lvv=2016
- Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDS, PhD / 40 credits)
https://nettiopsu.utu.fi/opas/opintoKokonaisuus.htm?rid=31172&lang=en&uiLang=en&lvv=2016
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD / 60 credits)
https://nettiopsu.utu.fi/opas/opintoKokonaisuus.htm?rid=31173&lang=en&uiLang=en&lvv=2016

Doctoral candidates in the Faculty of Medicine follow the degree regulations stated on the Faculty's Academic Postgraduate Study Guide for 2016-2018. Doctoral candidates in other Faculties follow their own valid guides.

- Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The degree requirements for the doctoral candidates are stated in the Academic Post-graduate Study Guide for 2016-2018 of the Faculty of Medicine. Doctoral candidates of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences follow the degree requirements of their own Faculty. In addition to the Academic Post-graduate Study Guide, the doctoral studies in the Drug Research Doctoral Programme (DRDP) are guided by this more detailed study guide.
Doctoral candidates of DRDP will carry out their doctoral studies in research groups with high scientific standards. Each doctoral candidate focuses on a specific topic relevant for drug development, while the doctoral research training is comprehensive and covers a wide range of different fields in drug research. The training provides a general view of the drug development process, starting from molecular and mechanistic levels and continuing to preclinical and clinical drug research, pharmaceutical development, and pharmacoepidemiology. Training is largely produced within a national network of Drug Research Doctoral Programmes (FinPharmaNet; see http://fpdp.fi/, former FinPharma Doctoral Program (FPDP)), ensuring that all fields of drug development and drug research, even those not so strong in Turku, are well covered. Knowledge of the pharmaceutical sciences is strong at the Universities of Helsinki and Eastern Finland, and plays an important role in the national collaboration of doctoral training in drug research. Also, the supervisors and doctoral candidates in the field of drug research at Åbo Akademi University are involved in the network. The companies and authorities in the field of drug research are also involved in the planning and generation of training.
Drug Research Doctoral Programme has also international collaboration in research training with actors of drug research field from Nordic countries and St. Petersburg area.
DRDP serves as a postgraduate programme for graduates of the Master's Degree Programme in Drug Discovery and Development at the University of Turku but it is open to all international applicants who have a suitable M.Sc. level education and an interest in drug research.

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