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Doctor of Philosophy
For doctoral studies leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree, the faculty may admit applicants who have
1) earned a Master's degree in Finland
2) earned a Master's degree or a corresponding degree in a country other than Finland
3) demonstrated their knowledge in some other way.

Doctor of Medical Science
For doctoral studies leading to the Doctor of Medical Science degree, the faculty may admit applicants who hold the Finnish degree of Licentiate in Medicine or a corresponding degree from an institution of higher education abroad.

Doctor of Health Sciences
For doctoral studies leading to the Doctor of Health Sciences degree, the faculty may admit applicatns who hold the Finnish degree of Master of Health Sciences or a corresponding degree from an institution of higher education abroad.

Licentiate of Philosophy
According to section 23 of the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004), a doctoral student may apply for the licentiate degree after he/she has completed the postgraduate studies required for a licentiate degree as determined by the University. An integral part of the licentiate degree is the licentiate thesis, through which the student must demonstrate that he/she is well-versed in his/her own research field and can apply research methods independently and critically.

Students take the same number of doctoral courses for the licentiate degree and the doctoral degree.

The faculty issues more specific admissions criteria and selects the students to be admitted.


Applications are submitted through an electronic application system at Please see more information at What is study info?.  A link to the application form is available during the application period.

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Applicants are notified of the selection results by post.

An applicant who is dissatisfied with the student selection may submit a written request for reconsideration to the Faculty Council. Such requests must be submitted within 14 days of the declared announcement date. The request, together with the reasons, shall be addressed to: University of Tampere, Registry (Kirjaamo), 33014 University of Tampere, Finland.

One study place per term provision

A person accepted at a Finnish university or a polytechnic may accept only one study place in a degree programme leading to a higher education degree during one academic term.

Confirmation of the right to enrol

To maintain your right to enrol in the degree programme, you must fill in and deliver the confirmation form you receive from the University of Tampere. The confirmation must reach the University of Tampere by the date indicated, at the latest. If your confirmation has not arrived by the date indicated above, you will lose your right to enrol in the degree programme.


Doctoral students are required to re-enrol at the beginning of each academic year according to instructions given by the University. Only students enrolled as 'present' may pursue studies at the University.

Doctoral students who fail to enrol either as 'present' or 'absent' within the given deadline will lose their right to study and their right to use the computer services provided by the University. Should students later wish to continue their studies, they must make a written request to the Faculty requesting re-admission.


The Scientific Post-Graduate Committee assesses the ability and commitment of doctoral students on the basis of the following principles:

  • The innovativeness of the research topic, the realism and clarity of the research plan, and the feasibility of their implementation
  • The suitability of the research topic in the doctoral programme
  • The scientific and practical relevance of the research topic
  • The student's success at undergraduate and graduate level
  • The student's methodological and theoretical abilities
  • The student's international competence and the language proficiency necessary to complete the doctoral programme
  • The availability of competent supervision

If the committee considers it necessary, it may assess the level of promise and motivation demonstrated by the applicant by interviewing him/her.

Doctoral students may apply to have their dissertation published even before they have finished their Master's degree. In such cases, the faculty may grant or deny a student permission to publish.

The Faculty may restrict the number of its doctoral student intake based on insufficient supervision resources.

Each postgraduate student must choose a field of study for their dissertation or licentiate thesis and find a supervisor (a professor or docent) from the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences. Together with the supervisor, the student should also propose members for the dissertation follow-up group.

After finding a Supervisor, the applicant must

  • Gain approval from the Supervisor (or Supervisors) for a research plan, a tentative study plan, and for the actual application form for a right to study.
  • Ask the Professor (or person in charge) of the field of study in question to sign the application form.
  • Submit the application form and its enclosures to the Scientific Postgraduate Committee for assessment via the electronic application system (

The following documents must be attached to the online application in

  • Application form for the right to study, signed by the Professor (or the person in charge) of the field of study and the Supervisor/s
  • Research plan
  • Postgraduate study planinstructions
  • List of publications
  • Statements from the Ethics Committee and/or the Laboratory Animal Committee or an explanation why such a statement is not necessary
  • Registration form
  • Copies of degree certificates or transcripts of previous academic work. The applicant must also present the original certificates at the Faculty. This enclosure is not necessary if the degree was completed in a Finnish university.
  • A copy of the applicant’s ID (driver’s licence, passport or another identification document containing a photo). This is not required if the applicant has previously studied at the University of Tampere.
  • Follow-up group members agreements (2-3 expert members who hold a doctoral degree)

Research plan

A research plan of 3 to 5 pages must be enclosed to the application for completing a scientific postgraduate degree and registrating the doctoral dissertation/licentiate thesis. The research plan must have the acceptance of the main supervisor and the follow-up group. The research plan should cover the entire dissertation/thesis project. If the subject of the dissertation/thesis or the mode of completion (e.g. from an article-based dissertation with articles published separately to a monograph) changes substantially, a new research plan should be submitted for approval to the Scientific Postgraduate Committee of the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences.

1. Title of the study

2. Background of the study 

A short summary of the background of the study with relevant references.

3. Aims of the study 
The aims should be defined and presented clearly (e.g. overall and detailed objectives). Different components of the sub-aims should be connected to each other.

4. Subjects and methods 
A general, relevant description of the methods, study design, animals, patient data and statistics. Remember to consider the following points:

  • Choice of methods and their justification
  • Description of methods: explain the principle instead of technical details
  • Description and justification for the use of animals
  • Number of patients/study subjects and selection criteria
  • Data sources (e.g. measurements, case histories, registers) and method of data collection (prospective, retrospective)
  • Variables used in analysis: response variable, independent variables, confounding variables
  • Sample size and sample size rationale, preferably statistical power analysis and expected number of response events or expected distribution of response magnitude and the magnitude of the significant difference in biological/clinical/public health terms
  • Description of statistical operations (methods, randomization, validity, sample sizes etc.)
  • Qualitative research designs described according to the respective methodological principles

5. Implementation of the study 
Type of dissertation (monograph or article-based dissertation)
Division into sub-studies and a description of problem formulation/content

6. Timetable of the study 
A timetable of the different phases of the study and a publication plan

7. Ethical considerations 
Does the study require a permission from the Ethics Committee or from the Laboratory Animal Committee?

8. References 
Most important/essential references of the study field. The list of references must cover the references used in detail.


You must be able to prove your educational background by means of officially authenticated copies of your documents. If the documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, both the authenticated copies of the documents in their original language and an officially confirmed, complete and precise translation into one of the languags mentioned above are required.

In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents issued in certain countries have more specific requirements for submission. Please go through the requirements carefully and check the country-specific requirements for your degree awarding country before applying.

If selected, you will have to present your original educational documents upon arrival at the University of Tampere in order to be able to register at the university.


Head of Educational Affairs
Sari Orhanen
Sähköposti: sari.orhanen(at)
Puhelin: 050 437 2657