Doctoral Programme in Physical and Chemical Sc.

Doctoral Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences

Doctoral Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences (PCS) is responsible for the doctoral education in astronomy, chemistry, materials science, physics and theoretical physics in the University of Turku.

In the Doctoral Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree can be completed in the following research areas (major subjects in parenthesis):

  • Materials Physics (physics, materials science)
    • Magnetism and superconductivity, Nanophysics, UV radiation induced dissociation of molecules, Computational materials physics, Electrostatics, Porous materials, Pharmaceutical physics
  • Theoretical and Experimental Quantum Physics (theoretical physics, physics)
    • Atomic hydrogen, Quantum optics, Open quantum systems, Complex systems, Quantum technologies, Quantum information theory and Operational quantum physics
  • Astronomy and Space Research (astronomy, physics)
    • Observational astronomy from radio to gamma-rays, Theoretical astrophysics and cosmology, High-energy astrophysics, Astrobiology, Experimental and computational heliophysics
  • Materials Chemistry and Chemical Analysis (chemistry)
    • Conjugated polymers and the Spectroelectro-chemistry of Thin Films, Graphenes, Fullerenes, Ionic Liquids, Layer-by-Layer Thin Films: Fabrication and Mechanical Properties, Applied NMR, Luminescence, Metal-Organic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology (chemistry)
    • Bio-organic chemistry with emphasis on bio-organic syntheses and
      mechanisms, Tannin and polyphenol chemistry, Analytical organic chemistry, Physical organic structural chemistry, Structure-activity relationships, Chemical biology and ecology


Intended learning outcomes

The aim of postgraduate education is that the person who has completed it:

  • is well-versed in his/her own field of research and its social significance;
  • has gained knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific research methods independently and critically and to produce new scientific knowledge;
  • is conversant with the development, basic problems and research methods of his/her own field of research;
  • has gained such knowledge of the general theory of science and of other disciplines relating to his/her own field of research as enables him/her to follow developments in them;
  • has gained sufficient communication and language skills and other abilities to work in wide and demanding expert and development tasks and in international cooperation.


Doctoral studies 60 ECTS

Doctoral thesis and a public defense 180 ECTS

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Finnish Study Modules
Postgraduate Degrees, sci