Applying for the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind, University of Helsinki

The application periods during the academic year 2017 - 2018 are 1-14.9.2017 and 3-16.4.2018.  

University of Helsinki's general information on doctoral training and applying for doctoral studies:



  • Motivation and CV of the applicant, success in previous studies
  • Demonstration of adequate knowledge in relevant fields and potential of the applicant to develop into an independent researcher
  • Scientific relevance and ambition of the research plan, use of relevant methodology
  • Thematic fit of the research plan with the doctoral programme profile
  • Funding plan and feasibility of the thesis project within the intended timeframe (net time 4 years)
  • Supervisory and follow-up of progress arrangements, quality of the research environment 

In addition, the doctoral programme may organize an interview or an entrance exam.



There are two application periods per academic year, one during the spring term and one during the autumn term. If you are interested in doctoral training, please familiarise yourself with the application guidelines well before the next application period. A carefully prepared application is the first step towards the doctoral degree.


The application periods in the academic year 2017 - 2018 are 1-14.9.2017 and 3-16.4.2018


Eligible applicants have a Master's degree or equivalent and a background in biology, medicine, psychology, cognitive sciences, physics, technology or another relevant field.


  • The application form is electronic and is open only during the application period. The application may be prepared in advance according to the following instructions.
  • Degree diplomas: Officially certified copies of the degree diplomas must be delivered to the admission services by the end of the application period. More details information about the application documents will be available at the UH web pages.
  • Language certificate: The language certificate must be delivered to the admission services by the end of the application period. More details information about the application documents will be available at the UH web pages.
  • Supervisor: Each doctoral candidate has a personal supervisor/supervisors. It is the responsibility of the applicant to find a supervisor and to discuss and agree on the research and study plans with him/her. Contact a principal investigator who is working in a field that matches your background knowledge and interests in research. An updating list of principal investigators is available here: www.brain-mind/group-list. In addition, you can look for other potential supervisors from the University's research portal TUHAT (
  • Research plan is an important part of the application and it should be composed according to the instructions of the University of Helsinki.
  • Study plan is made according to the Doctoral Programme's degree requirements. B&M degree structure and course catalogue in UH WebOodi
    The degree requirements are summarized as:
      • Doctoral thesis
      • Discipline specific studies (30 ECTS)
      • General competence studies (10 ECTS)

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