Academic postgraduate degrees

Learning outcomes

The aim of postgraduate education (Government Decree on University Degrees 1039/2013, 21§) is that the person who has completed it:
1) is well-versed in his/her own field of research and its social significance;
2) has gained knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific research methods independently and
critically and to produce new scientific knowledge;
3) is conversant with the development, basic problems and research methods of his/her own field of
research;
4) 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;
5) has gained sufficient communication and language skills and other abilities to work in wide and
demanding expert and development tasks and in international cooperation.

A doctor or licentiate graduating from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Turku is ethical and promotes open science. S/he has formed a national and an international network, gained expertise in her/his field of science and achieved good work readiness

Content

A doctoral degree contains doctoral thesis work and an amount of theoretical studies ratified by the faculty. The doctoral candidate must complete the required postgraduate studies as stipulated by the faculty, demonstrate independent and critical thinking in the field of research, and write a doctoral thesis and defend it in public. (Government Decree on University Degrees 1039/2013), 22 §)

The work load of the doctoral degree is approximately 4 years of fulltime work. This consists of postgraduate studies, doctoral research and a public defence of the doctoral thesis. The licentiate degree in health sciences consists of postgraduate studies and a licentiate thesis. One can also pursue academic postgraduate degrees part-time.

A doctoral degree and a licentiate in health sciences degree are pursued in a doctoral programme. All doctoral candidates belong to the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS) through the doctoral programmes of their own faculties.

Prerequisites

Doctor of Medical Science (M.D., Ph.D.)
The right to pursue a doctoral degree in medical science may be granted by the faculty to a person who has attained a licentiate degree in medicine in Finland or a similar degree in a higher education institution in another country.

Doctor of Odontology (D.Odont., Ph.D.)
The right to pursue a doctoral degree in odontology may be granted by the faculty to a person who has attained a licentiate degree in dentistry in Finland or a similar degree in a higher education institution in another country.

When it comes to a doctoral degree in medical science or odontology, it is possible to apply for the right to study for doctoral degree already in the undergraduate stage. A person planning to pursue a doctoral degree may begin the theoretical studies already before the completion of licentiate degree.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The right to pursue a doctoral degree in philosophy may be granted by the faculty to a person who has attained an applicable higher university or polytechnic degree in a Finnish higher education institution or completed an applicable education abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for corresponding higher education.

Licentiate in Health Sciences (Lic. Sc., Health Sciences) and/or Doctor of Health Sciences (Ph.D., Health Sciences)
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's or a master's degree in health sciences or who has completed a Finnish or a foreign degree on a corresponding level.

The university may require a student admitted to study for an academic or artistic postgraduate degree complete the necessary supplementary studies in order to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for the studies. Eligible for academic postgraduate studies may also be a person whom the university judges otherwise to have sufficient knowledge and skills for the studies. (Universities Act 558/2009, 37§).

Further information

The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Turku is an innovative and high-standard educational organization in the fields of biomedicine, clinical medicine, dental science and health sciences. Faculty offers high-level doctoral training and educates skillful international researchers and experts for the needs of the working life. The Faculty of Medicine offers the following academic postgraduate degrees: Doctor of Medical Science, Doctor of Odontology, Doctor of Philosophy, Licentiate in Health Sciences and Doctor of Health Sciences. Doctoral degree consists of post graduate studies according to a personal postgraduate study plan and of a doctoral thesis and its public defence. The licentiate degree in health sciences consists of postgraduate studies according to a personal post graduate study plan and a licentiate thesis.

THE DOCTORAL DEGREE IS CONDUCTED IN ON OF THE DOCTORAL PROGRAMMES LISTED BELOW.

The Doctor of Health Sciences degree and the Licentiate of Health Sciences degree are only conducted in the Doctoral Programme of Health Sciences (DPNurs).


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Academic postgraduate degrees

Doctor of Medical Science (MD, PhD) 220 ECTS
Postgraduate studies MD, PhD 40 ECTS
General studies 10–20 ECTS
The doctoral candidate has to complete 10-20 credits. The minimum amount of general studies (10 credits) must include the obligatory Philosophy of Medicine course 2 credits. It is recommended to include 5 credits of the doctoral programme-specific studies to general studies and/or to discipline-specific studies of the postgraduate study whole (40 credits). The doctoral candidate may gather study module of other general studies from the ALTERNATIVES BELOW OR FROM OTHER CORRESPONDING TRAINING.
Doctor of Odontology (DOdont, PhD) 220 ECTS
Postgraduate studies DOdont, PhD 40 ECTS
General studies 10–20 ECTS
The doctoral candidate has to complete 10-20 credits. The minimum amount of general studies (10 credits) must include the obligatory Philosophy of Medicine course 2 credits. It is recommended to include 5 credits of the doctoral programme-specific studies to general studies and/or to discipline-specific studies of the postgraduate study whole (40 credits). The doctoral candidate may gather study module of other general studies from the ALTERNATIVES BELOW OR FROM OTHER CORRESPONDING TRAINING.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 240 ECTS
Postgraduate studies PhD 60 ECTS
General studies 12–30 ECTS
The doctoral candidate has to complete 12-30 credits. The minimum amount of general studies (12 credits) must include the obligatory Philosophy of Medicine course 2 credits. It is recommended to include 5 credits of the doctoral programme-specific studies to general studies and/or to discipline-specific studies of the postgraduate study whole (60 credits). The doctoral candidate may gather study module of other general studies from the ALTERNATIVES BELOW OR FROM OTHER CORRESPONDING TRAINING.
Discipline-specific studies 30–48 ECTS
The doctoral candidate has to complete 30–48 credits.It is recommended to include 5 credits of the doctoral programme-specific studies to general studies and/or to discipline-specific studies of the postgraduate study whole (60 credits). The doctoral candidate may gather discipline-specific studies from the ALTERNATIVES BELOW OR FROM OTHER CORRESPONDING TRAINING.
Doctor of Health Sciences (PhD, Health Sciences)/ Licentiate, DPNurs Doctoral Programme 150–240 ECTS
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.
Doctoral Programme of Clinical Investigation (CLIDP) 220–240 ECTS
Studies specific for the doctoral programme
It is recommended to include at least five (5) credits of doctoral programme specific methodology training and/or discipline specific training to the postgraduate study unit. Those can be gathered e.g. of the following: - How to present and publish my research - Other courses / course modules and seminars arranged by the doctoral programme - Annual symposium of the doctoral programme - Final Countdown / Finishing my thesis - PET basics - Statistics courses - Methodology courses related to doctoral candidate's research topic/field - National and international congresses
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