1. INTRODUCTION

 

This is the postgraduate students’ handbook for the academic years of 2001-2003 of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Turku . It also provides useful information for Faculty instructors and others dealing with postgraduate studies. Included in the guide are the decrees, Faculty regulations and procedural guidelines for the following degrees:

Doctor of Medical Sciences; Doctor of Dental Sciences; Doctor of Philosophy

Licentiate of Health Science; Doctor of Health Science.

 

Should postgraduate regulations undergo any changes during the academic years of 2001-2003, these changes will be announced separately.

 

Application and Enrolment Procedures

There is no limited application period for postgraduate studies (excluding postgraduate studies in Health Sciences). Application forms are available at the Faculty Office (tel. 02-333 8438/8487). After being accepted you must enrol as a student at the university.

 

Turku Postgraduate School of Health Sciences (PGS)

Turku Postgraduate School of Health Sciences (PGS) is the postgraduate unit of the Faculty of Medicine. Its field of operations includes all training from basic studies to additional training, such as specialist training in medicine, doctoral studies, research study lines, graduate schools, the Turku Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (TuBS), the Turku Graduate School of Clinical Sciences, the Finnish Graduate School in Musculo-Skeletal Problems, the Drug Discovery Graduate School, the Postgraduate School of Oral Health Sciences, extension studies and international activities.

 

Internet:

www.utu.fi/med/tdk

 

Study Guide

The guide is available at the University bookshop, located at Kerttulinkatu 1, 20014 Turun Yliopisto, tel. 02 - 333 6666. You can also order the guide by post.

 

 

1.1. CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Here is a list of places and people you can turn to with questions concerning postgraduate studies.

 

University administration, the so-called ‘University Hill’ (Yliopistonmäki)

* tel. 02 - 333 51

* Student Services, International Services

*  Yliopistonmäki, 20014 Tu­run yliopisto

 

Faculty of Medicine Office

Villa Medica                     

* phone extension 02 - 333 81

* street address Sirkkalankatu 1,         

* postal address  Kiinamyllynkatu 13, 20520 TurDean Jouko Suonpää (tel. 313 1502,  jouko.suonpaa@utu.fi)

 

Vice Dean Jorma Tenovuo (tel. 333 8340, jorma.tenovuo@utu.fi)

 

Vice Dean Markku Koulu (tel. 333 7548, markku.koulu@utu.fi)

 

Chair of the PGS  Steering Committee Jorma Tenovuo (tel. 333 8340, jorma.tenovuo@utu.fi)

 

Chair of the Dissertation Unit Mika Scheinin (tel. 333 7502, mika.scheinin@utu.fi)

 

Chair of the Professional Training Unit Pekka Saukko (tel. 333 7543, pekka.saukko@utu.fi)

 

Chair of the International Team Ilkka Välimäki (tel. 313 1435, ilkka.valimaki@utu.fi)

 

Chair of the Postgraduate School of Oral Health Sciences Seppo Pyrhönen (tel. 313 1800,

 

seppo.pyrhonen@tyks.fi)

 

Chair of the TuBS Steering Committee Olli Lassila (tel. 333 7411, olli.lassila@utu.fi)

 

Chair of the Research Study Orientation Group Matti Poutanen (tel. 333 7571, matti.poutanen@utu.fi)

 

 

 

 

Administrative Officer Soile Salonen (tel. 333 8467, soile.salonen@utu.fi)

Counsellor in postgraduate matters; Secretary of the Dissertation Unit

 

Office Secretary Sari Huttunen (tel. 333 8438, sari.huttunen@utu.fi)

Study plans and theoretical studies for doctoral degrees, registering dissertations, reception of manuscripts, fees of preliminary examiners and opponents, student counselling

 

 

Office Secretary Anne Johansson (tel. 333 8421, amjohan@utu.fi)

PGS courses: practical arrangements, advertising, enrolment, registering completed courses in the study register and course certificates.

 

 

Administrative Officer Tuike Lehtonen (tel. 333 8405, tuike.lehtonen@utu.fi)

International postgraduate students

 

Institute of Dentistry

*tel. 02 - 333 81

*Lemminkäisenkatu 2, 20520 Turku

Head of Department Pentti Kirveskari

(tel. 333 8354, pentti.kirveskari@utu.fi)

 

Department of Nursing Science            

* tel. 02 - 333 81

* Lemminkäisenkatu 1, 20520 Turku

 

Head of Department Helena Leino-Kilpi

(tel. 333 8404, heleiki@utu.fi)

Department Assistant Asta Uski

(tel. 333 8499, asta.uski@utu.fi)

Office Secretaries Satu Jokinen (tel. 333 8409, satu.jokinen@utu.fi) or

Tuulia Luntamo (tel. 333 8401, tuulia.luntamo@utu.fi)

 

 

1.1.1. Tiedekunnan muut opinto-oppaat, PGSn kurssitiedot,il­moi­tus­tau­lut

 

a.      Study Guide for the Licentiate of Medical Sciences

* information on the Faculty, its Departments, Disciplines and Administration 

* index of personnel according to Disciplines and Faculties

* distribution: Disciplines, Department Offices and the Faculty Office

 

b. Finnish Post-Graduate School in Nursing Science

* course requirements and annual courses for licentiate and doctoral studies in Health Sciences

* available at the Department of Nursing Science and on the internet at: http://www.uku.fi/laitokset/hoitot/hoitval.htm

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b.      Study Guide for Specialist Training in Medicine

*  for sale at the University bookshop

*  copies at the Faculty Office and at Disciplines

d. Study Guide for Specialist Training in Dentistry

*  for sale at the University bookshop

*  copies at the Faculty Office and at Disciplines

 

The PGS course programmes for the autumn and spring semester  will be distributed to all the Disciplines of the Faculty at the start of the semester. Information on upcoming events will be available in the Kiinamylly calendar, a weekly bulletin of the Faculty. Information is also published in the Finnish Medical Journal and The Finnish Dental Journal. Further information is available at the PGS Office (Anne Johansson tel. 333 8421, amjohan@utu.fi) and on the Faculty’s website www.utu.fi./med/tdk.

 

The individual Disciplines provide information on their courses.

 

The PGS notice boards are located in:

 

1) the lobby of Medisiina at ­­Kiina­myl­lynkatu 10

2) the office of the Lääke­tie­teen Kandidaat­tiseura, Medisiina

3) the Faculty Office

4) the lobby of Mikro, Kiinamyllynkatu 13

 

On the notice boards you will find information on courses and the meeting dates of the Dissertation Unit and the Faculty Council.

1.1.2. Turun yliopiston tutkimusrahoitustiedotus

The research funding database TURA, founded and maintained by the Research Service Unit of the University of Turku, contains basic information on approximately 600 sources of research funding: domestic foundations and funds, the Academy of Finland, TEKES (the National Technology Agency), Nordic, European and other international, private and public sources. The database contains basic information on sources for financing research activities in different disciplines.

 

A quarterly Apurahatiedote, [Financial AidNewsletter - only available in Finnish],  a booklet based on this database, is sent to the faculties, departments, disciplines and the discipline research contact persons. The TURA database and the booklets are available in the Turku University net at http://www.utu.fi/tutkimuspalvelut.html. The website also contains a notice board which provides information on current research funding issues.

 

In addition, the Research Services Unit sends funding-related booklets to the units and research contact persons via email.

The research contact persons relay this information to their units. A list of research contact persons at the Faculty of Medicine is available onthe website mentioned above.

 

Further information relating to the ‘Financial Aid Information’ booklet, TURA and other research funding matters is available at the Research Services, tutkimuspalvelut@utu.fi, tel. 333 6054 and 333 6076.

 

It is also advisable that you follow up on notices published in the Turku University newsletter ‘Yliopistotiedot’ [University information - only available in Finnish].

 

 

1.1.3. Travel Grants for postgraduate and research training at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Turku and Travel Expenses Allocations of the Turku University Foundation.

 

Travel Grants for postgraduate and research training at the Faculty of Medicine

-         application periods both in the autumn and in the spring

-         application notices, forms and application guides are available at the disciplines, the offices of PGS and the faculty,  on the faculty website (www.utu.fi/med/tdk) and at the porter’s booth in Medisiina.

 

Please note: When you apply for a faculty travel grant you need to be enrolled as an attending postgraduate student at the university. Further information: Riitta Paju (tel. 333 8487, email: riipaju@utu.fi) or Soile Salonen (tel. 333 8467).

 

Travel Expense Allocation of the Turku University Foundation 

  application times twice a year

-  you must use the forms provided by the Turku University Foundation. These forms are available at the University information desk and at the Turku University Foundation office at Verkatehtaankatu 4, room 226, 20100 Turku , (tel. 275 1672).

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

1.1.4. Information on Academy of Finland grants, research training programmes and research positions

 

- The Turku University ‘Financial Aid Information’ booklet

- The TURA database

- An Academy of Finland ‘Guide for Applicants’ (available at the University information desk, main building, tel. 333 6149, 333 6150)

- the monthly Suomen Akatemia tiedottaa [The Academy of Finland  magazine - only available in Finnish]

- internet:   www.aka.fi

 

Academy of Finland co-operates with several international scientific organisations. You can apply for both allocations and grants.

 

The ‘Suomen Akatemia tiedottaa’ magazine contains articles and notices on research grants and other funding. The magazine also provides information on, for instance, the EMBO (European Mole­cular Biology Or­ganization) course times and contact persons. The magazine is available at the faculty library (Medisiina, 2nd floor) and the PGS office. It is also sent to all researchers of the Academy of Finland .

 

In addition, the Academy of Finland sends out notices concerning research allocations and research position application procedures.  

 

 

1.1.5. Postgraduate training and research training abroad

The Nordic Academy for Advanced Study NorFA funds research training courses, research networks and appropriates mobility stipends of differing lengths. Nor­FA guides (NorFA info), application forms and research course lists are available on the NorFA website http://www.norfa.no/.

 

The EU research framework programme also funds research training and research mobility. Marie Curie Fellowships, intended for individual researchers, can either be applied for by the researcher (Individual Fellowships) or by the host department (Host Fellowships). The amount of funding is affected by the researcher’s qualifications, (post-graduate level, post-doctoral level, experienced researcher), country of destination and country of origin.

The funding is intended for salary or other related expenses, taxes and statutory social security contributions and research-related travel, publishing, conference, and other costs. The individual researcher applies for funding in collaboration with the host department, which has to be in another country participating in EU research programmes. The EU Commission grants funding to the receiving organisation, which then takes care of the researcher’s monthly expenses (rent, travel expenses). In addition, the host organisation receives a fixed payment to cover the costs of the research visit (900-1200 EUR/month).

Further information on Marie Curie Fellowships is available at http:/www.cordis.lu/improving/.  Information on positions at the Marie Curie training units can be found at http://improving-mcf.sti.jrc.it/project.

 

Additional information on research scholarships is available from the TURA database, the ‘Financial Aid Information’ booklet and at the Research Services Unit at the University of Turku , tel.

333 6165 and 333 6054.

If you are planning on applying for a EU research programme, be sure to contact the Research Services Unit well in advance (http://www.utu.fi/tutkimuspalvelut.html).

Information on EU research programmes is also available in the Eurotutkimus booklet published by the Finnish Secretariat for EU R&D (also available in English). You can order cost-free information from the secretariat, fax (010) 521 5908, email eurotutki­mus@te­kes.fi. Documents for all research programmes are available in the Cordis database of the Commission. ( www.cordis.lu ).

 

 

1.2.  TURKU POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES (PGS)

 

The postgraduate training unit, the Turku Postgraduate School of Health Scien­ces, was founded in the Faculty in 1993. Its field of operations includes scientific and professional postgraduate training, graduate schools, research study lines, further education studies and international activities.

 

The PGS governing board is in charge of planning, co-ordinating, developing and assessing postgraduate and research training. Professor Jorma Tenovuo is Chairman of the Board. 

The PGS Governing Board consists of the following members until 31.03.2004:

 

Prof. Jorma Tenovuo (Chairman), Professor Sirkka-Liisa Kivelä, Docent Olli Lassila, Professor Helena Leino-Kilpi, Professor Jussi Mertsola, Professor Jukka Nikoskelainen, Bachelor of Medicine Laura Patrikainen, Docent Matti Poutanen, Professor Seppo Pyrhönen, Docent Toivo Salmi, Professor Pekka Saukko, Professor Mika Scheinin, Professor Ilkka Välimäki and Administrative Officer Soile Salonen as the secretary.

 

Several groups work under the authority of the Governing Board. They are the Unit of Professional Training, the Dissertation Unit, the Steering Committee of the research study lines, the Governing Board of TuBS, the Governing Board of the Turku Graduate School of Clinical Sciences and the International Affairs team.

The ­Committee of Docents and the Stipendiary Committee are also part of the PGS Unit.

 

1.3 THE  DISSERTATION UNIT

 

A Dissertation Unit appointed by the Faculty has been in force at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Turku since 1988.

 

The responsibilities of the Unit:

 

1.      To prepare issues related to the doctorate degree for the faculty council

2.      To register dissertation plans

3.      To send the dissertation for preliminary reading

4.      To see to the legal protection of doctoral students

5.      To develop doctoral training at the faculty and to oversee the quality standards of the dissertations

6.      To co-ordinate postgraduate training at the Faculty

 

The Unit represents the different fields within the Faculty as equally as possible.

It consists of the following members until 31.3.2004:

 

Pro­fessor Mika Scheinin (Chairman), Docent Juha Grönroos, Senior Research Associate Kristiina Heikinheimo, Professor Pirkko Härkönen, Docent Kerttu Irjala, Licentiate of Medicine Samuli Rautava, Docent Matias Röyttä, Docent Toivo Salmi, Docent Tarja Suominen, Docent Olli Vainio, Professor Juha Varrela and Administrative Officer Soile Salonen as the secretary.

 

Please note:  When taking care of practical issues concerning your dissertation you should take the meeting schedules of the Dissertation Unit and the Faculty Council into consideration. Information on these will be sent to the disciplines and posted on their notice boards in advance every semester. For technical reasons, the documents should be taken to the office of either the Faculty or PGS (Sari Huttunen/Soile Salonen) approximately a week before the meeting of the Unit!

 

 

 

2. STUDYING FOR THE DOCTORATE OF MEDICINE AND DENTAL SCIENCES

 

2.1. STANDING REGULATIONS

 

(Decision of the Faculty Council 16.2.1983. Amendment 7.12.1983. Amendment 16.12.1992. Amendment 24.3.1993. Amendment  11.12.1996) You are eligible to participate in studies towards a doctoral degree in Medicine or Dentistry if you have a Licentiate of Medicine or Licentiate of Dental Sciences from Finland or a comparable degree from a university in another country.

 

Participating in a doctoral degree means you must participate in taught courses in the manner determined by the Faculty, and publish a dissertation.

 

In order to be accepted into doctoral training you need to apply for the right to study from the Faculty. After getting accepted you need to enrol in the University of Turku . Further information can be found on p. 13.

 

After beginning your studies you should provide a study plan for the theoretical training of your doctorate and register your dissertation research. Further information can be found on p. 16.

The study and dissertation research plans are approved by the Dean  on the recommendation of the Dissertation Unit.

 

2.2. THE STRUCTURE AND EXTENT OF THE DEGREE

(dissertation + 20 credits)

 

A Doctoral degree in medicine or dental medicine requires approximately three years of full-time studying. The degree consists of 20 credit units of theoretical, course-form training (general training 5 credits and specialisation training 15 credits) and the dissertation.

Those who have applied for the right to study for a doctoral degree before 1.8.1993 are only required to complete 13 credits of theoretical training (general training 3 credits).

 

The aim of the general training portion of the theoretical training is to initiate the student into the general research methods, the planning of research and assessment of results, scientific writing in the field of medicine and dentistry, and the historical and ethical basics of research.

A postgraduate student can participate in the general training before completing the Licentiate degree.

 

The aim of the specialisation training portion of the theoretical training is for the student to gain an in-depth awareness of the information and research methods of the field, as well as learning about its scientific development. The Faculty can accept other training as specialisation training if it is well-grounded.

A postgraduate student can participate in the differentiation training before completing the Licentiate degree.

 

2.2.1. The content of theoretical training (20 credits)

 

One credit unit equals 40 hours’ worth of completed work, which can include lectures, group work or other guided teaching of 20 hours at most.

 

A. GENERAL TRAINING  5 credits

 

A:1

1.Section on general research methods (1 credit)

Compulsory for all

- A course on the theory of medical science

If you cannot take part in the course, see  Professor Pentti Ala­nen (tel. 333 8383, pealan@utu.fi) about completing the course.

 

A:2

2. Other general training (4 credits)

For example.:

- courses on biostatistics

- language courses

-a course on laboratory animals

The course on laboratory animals is compulsory for those who wish to gain a licence to perform independent testing on laboratory animals. Further information: Director of the Central Animal Laboratory, Docent Ulla-Marjut Jaakkola,

(tel. 333 7275,  ulla-marjut.jaakkola@utu.fi )

 

 

B SPECIALISATION TRAINING  15 credits

 

-thisshould be related to the theme of the dissertation

 

B:3

3. Course-form methodology training (3 credits)

Compulsory for all

Training in the following fields, depending on the subject of your dissertation:

- biomedicine

-         Public Health Science/ Social Dental Science

-         Clinical Medicine/Clinical Dentistry

 

Examples of courses:

- many of the courses provided by PGS

- international or domestic national postgraduate/methodology courses, e.g. courses provided by EMBO and NorFA

- studying at a foreign university as a part of the ERASMUS programme

 


 

 

B:4               

4. Other specialisation training (12 credits)

For example:

-         postgraduate seminars in your discipline/project or methodology training

-         personal supervision (max 3 credits)

- as a participant in international conferences, by giving a poster or other presentation

- participation 0.5 credits

- poster/presentation 1 credit/conference

- a maximum of  4 credits (special reasons if you want to deviate from the maximum amount)

 

Please note: If you have more than the compulsory 1 credit of studies in general research methods for part A:1, you can include the rest in part A:2 (other general training).

Accordingly, if you have more than the compulsory 3 credits of studies in course-form methodology training, you can include the rest in part B:4 (other specialisation training).

 

Participating in the courses mentioned in parts A:1, A:2 and B:3 is supervised. You can only be granted attending student status by attending class. Likewise, completion of studies in part B:4 has to be proven by separate certificates (by a programme, a poster list etc. from the proceedings of the conference).

 

After completing the theoretical training you have to write a summary following the structure above and attach a transcript from the student register and possible course certificates. The documents are to be taken either to the Sari Huttunen (tel. 333 8438) or to Soile Salonen (tel. 333 8467) at the Faculty Office. The theoretical training module is approved by the Dissertation Unit.

 

 

2.2.2. Dissertation

 

There are separate instructions for the dissertation, the publication and the public examination (see p.15-18).

 

2.3. THE DOCTORAL DEGREE CERTIFICATE

 

After completing your compulsory theoretical courses and after your dissertation has been approved by the Faculty Council, you will be issued a certificate for your doctoral degree.


3. STUDYING FOR THE DOCTORATE OF PHILOSOPHY

 

3.1. PYSYVÄIS-MÄÄRÄYKSET

(Decision of the Faculty Council 9.2.1994)                                                           

 

 

You are eligible for studies towards the degree of Doctor of Philosophy if you have a master’s degree at a university in Finland or a comparable degree from abroad, or if the Faculty is satisfied that you have equivalent knowledge and competence.

 

In order to be accepted for doctoral training you have to apply for the right to study from the Faculty. You must attach a verified copy of your master’s degree to your application. After being accepted you need to enrol as astudent at the University of Turku . Further information can be found on p. 13.

 

After beginning your studies you should provide a study plan for the theoretical training of your doctorate and register your dissertation research. Further information can be found on p. 16.

The study and dissertation research plans are approved by the Dean  on the recommendationof the Dissertation Unit.

 

 

 

3.2. THE STRUCTURE AND SCOPE OF THE DEGREE

(dissertation + 40 credits)

 

 

3.2.1. The structure of theoretical training (40 credits)

 

Theoretical traing consists of two components:

1. Postgraduate studies and research seminars in your major subject  (20‑25 credits)

2. Studies of fields relating to your field of study (15‑20 credits)

 

It is possible to include study modules and entities from the intermediate or advanced level into the postgraduate studies in the research field. The courses in component 1 and 2 are approved in the discipline by the appointed person. See also the instructions in appendix 6. If you already have another postgraduate degree, being exempted from or needing to supplement  the studies mentioned in component 1and 2 will be decided by the Dean on the recommendation of the Dissertation Unit in conjunction with approving your study plan.

 

After completing the theoretical training you have to make a summary and attach  copies of your certificates of education. The summary and its attachments are to be taken either to Sari Huttunen (tel. 333 8438), the secretary at the faculty office, or to the Administrative Officer Soile Salonen (tel. 333 8467). The theoretical training module is approved by the Dean on the recommendation of the Dissertation Unit.

 

 

3.2.2. The dissertation

 

There are separate instructions for the dissertation, the publication and the public examining (see pp.15-18).

 

 

 


 

3.3. THE DOCTORAL DEGREE CERTIFICATE

 

After your compulsory theoretical courses and your dissertation have been approved by the Faculty Council, you will be issued a certificate certifying completion of the doctoral degree.

 

 

4. STUDYING FOR THE LICENTIATE OR DOCTORATE OF HEALTH SCIENCES

 

4.1. STANDING REGULATIONS

 

You are eligible for studies towards the degree of Licentiate or Doctor of Health Sciences if you have a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree from a Finnish university or a comparable degree from either Finland or abroad, or if the Faculty is satisfied that you have equivalent knowledge and competence.

 

In order to be accepted into the study programme you have to take an entrance exam, after which you must apply for the right to study. You must attach a verified copy of your master’s degree to your application. After being accepted you need to enrol as a student of the University of Turku . Further information can be found on p. 13 (section 5.1.).

 

After beginning your studies you should provide a study plan for the theoretical training of your licentiate or doctorate and register your dissertation research. Further information can be found on p. 16.

The study plan and licentiate thesis or dissertation research plan are approved by the Dissertation Unit.

It is possible to include study modules and entities from the intermediate or advanced level in the postgraduate studies in the research fields. The courses in component 1 and 2 are approved at the discipline by the appointed person. A part of your studies will be completed in the Finnish Post-Graduate School in Nursing Science. Their programme is available at the Department of Nursing Science and on their website (http://www.uku.fi/laitokset/hoitot/hoitval.htm).

 

 

4.2. THE STRUCTURE AND SCOPE OF THE DEGREE

(Licentiate thesis/dissertation + 40 credits)

 

4.2.1. The structure of theoretical training

1. postgraduate studies and research seminars (20-25 credits)

-a maximum of 5 credits of research seminars and personal supervision will be accepted

          - conferences will be accepted as follows (max 4 credits)

- participation 0.5 credits

- poster/presentation 1 credit/conference

2. Studies in fields relating to your field of study (15‑20 credits)

 


 

 

4.2.2. Licentiate thesis/dissertation

 

The licentiate degree requires a licentiate thesis; the doctoral degree requires a dissertation and a public defence thereof.

 

In your licentiate research you need to demonstrate your ability to work independently within your field of study, to critically apply methods of scientific research to solve research problems and your ability in scientific writing.

 

In your dissertation you need to demonstrate your ability to work independently within your field of study, to critically apply methods of scientific research to solve research problems and your ability in scientific writing. In addition, you need to demonstrate wide expertise in your own field, in other related fields, and an ability to independently create new information. There are separate instructions for the dissertation, the publication and the public examination (see pp.15-18).

 

 

4.3. THE LICENTIATE DEGREE CERTIFICATE FOR

 

Studies approved by your supervisor are entered into the study register. If there are any changes to your study plan, all changes and courses deviating from the plan have to be approved by the appointed person in the discipline.

You need to take all the certificates, both from studies and courses within your study plan and those separately approved, to the Department Assistant of the Department of Nursing Science Asta Uski (tel. 333 8499). Courses completed at PGS will be entered into the registry by the Faculty.

When you have completed all of your courses, you need to take a transcript copy of your study register to the faculty office secretary (tel. 333 8438) or to the administrative officer (tel. 333 8467).

The Faculty approves the theoretical studies on the recommendation of the Dissertation Unit. When the theoretical studies and the licentiate thesis have been approved by the Faculty Council, you will be issued a certificate for completing the degree.

 

 

Approval of the Licentiate Thesis

 

After you have completed your licentiate research project, you need to submit a completed manuscript to the Faculty. The Faculty will appoint the preliminary readers on the recommendation of a discipline professor or someone of equal ability, and you should provide them with copies of your manuscript. You will negotiate on possible modifications with the readers. After the preliminary readers have approved your manuscript you need to submit one copy of your Licentiate Thesis to the Faculty for approval. In addition, you must provide three copies to the Department of Nursing Science to be distributed to the libraries.

 

 

4.4. THE DOCTORAL DEGREE CERTIFICATE

 

Completed studies approved by the supervisor are entered into the study register. If there are any changes to your study plan, the changes and courses outside the plan have to be approved by the appointed person at the discipline. To have courses entered into the register you have to submit all course and study certificates to the Department Assistant at the Department of Nursing Science (Asta Uski, tel. 333 8499). Courses arranged by PGS are automatically entered into the register by the Faculty.

 

When all the required studies have been completed, you need to submit a transcript from the study register to the faculty secretary (tel. 333 8438) or to the administrative officer (tel.333 84679). The Faculty approves the theoretical studies on the recommendation of the Dissertation Unit. When your theoretical studies and your dissertation have been approved in the Faculty Council, you will be issued a degree certificate.

 

 

 

5. PRACTICAL MATTERS CONCERNING THE DOCTORAL DEGREE

 

5.1. RIGHT TO STUDY AND ENROLLING AS A POSTGRADUATE STUDENT

 

You need to apply for the right to study in postgraduate programmesusing the application forms (appendices 1-3) available at the Faculty and PGS Offices (tel. 333 8438 or 333 8487). It is possible to apply for postgraduate studies in Medicine and Dental Sciences and enrol as a postgraduate student before completing your undergraduate degree.

 

There is NO set application period for postgraduate studies, with the exception of postgraduate studies in Health Sciences.

 

The decision on the right to study will be sent directly to the Student Services office.  When the right to study has been entered into the segister you will be sent a Certificate of Enrolment and a copy of the Decision on the Right to Study. After this you need to enrol annually until you have completed your licentiate/ doctoral degree. As a postgraduate student, you need to be enrolled at the university when studying towards your doctoral degree. The period for enrolment is usually from mid-May until mid-September.

 

If you have not completed your undergraduate degree at the University of Turku , you need to register at the Student Services yourself.  When enrolling at the university, you need to provide the original decision on your right to study, official identification, a verified copy of your degree certificate and a completed enrolment form . It is possible to enrol by post. Further information is available at the Student Information desk, tel. 333 6147.

Enrolment is free of charge, unless you want to join the Student Union of the University of Turku , which entitles you to certain social benefits (access to the University Health Care Services).

 

 

 

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5.2. BEGINNING WORK ON YOUR DISSERTATION

A Licentiate of Medicine or Dental Sciences or a postgraduate student studying towards a PhD or Doctor of Health Sciences degree who wishes to start working on a dissertation should consult a senior research fellow (a Professor, Docent or in exceptional cases another researcher with a doctoral degree) concerning supervision and other details relevant to the project. You should also agree upon the topic, methodology and feasibility of the project with your supervisor and a professor at the discipline.


 

 

5.3. THE SUPERVISORY BOARD FOR THE DISSERTATION

From the very beginning of your research, you need to have a supervisory board of three people for your dissertation. In addition to the dissertation supervisor proper, the board should consist of two other researchers familiar with the topic. At least one of them should be from outside your own research group.

 

5.4. BEGINNING THEORETICAL TRAINING

 

(degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Science)

 

The structure and extent of the different compnents of course-form theoretical training were explained on page 8. If you are considering a doctoral degree, you can begin the theoretical training before completing your licentiate degree.

 

After beginning work on your dissertation you need to plan the contents of your theoretical training at the latest when registering your dissertation work. You need to consider the fact that general training course offerings vary each year and that compulsory courses may not be available every semester (further information on this can be obtained from the Anne Johansson, tel. 333 8421, amjohan@utu.fi).

 

 

 

5.5. INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AS A PART OF THE DOCTORAL DEGREE

 (e.g. Nordic Academy for Advanced Study and the Socrates/Erasmus programme)

 

 

You can include international or national domestic courses in your doctoral degree.

 

The purpose of the Nordiska forskarutbildningsakademin (Nordic Academy for Advanced Study, NorFA), which was founded in 1990, is to further Nordic research co-operation by granting funding for e.g. Nordic research training courses and by furthering the mobility of postgraduate students and researchers. Amongst other things, the NorFA awards scholarships to cover travel and living expenses at another Nordic university. The NorFA contact person at the University of Turku is Research Liaison Officer Eliisa Särkilahti, tel. 333 6155. NorFA brochures and application forms are available on the NorFA website at http://www.norfa.no/.

 

The actual application is made by the University of Turku on the basis of bilateral exchange agreements of the disciplines/faculties (since the academic year of 1997-98).

 

Postgraduate students are eligible to apply to universities collaborating with the Medical Faculty for Socrates/ Erasmus exchange positions of at least three months in duration.

Studies completed under the Socrates/Erasmus programme are approved as a part of your studies in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System.

The disciplines of the Faculty of Medicine have appointed ECTS contact persons, who are in charge of approving study plans.

The Socrates/Erasmus exchange positions are announced in the beginning of the year, and the application period usually ends in mid-March.

 

Postgraduate students are encouraged to make active use of international contacts made by the disciplines, departments and research projects. Exchange studies at a university procured either through these contacts or independently can also be accepted as a part of your degree. You need to make sure whether your international studies will be accepted towards your degree before departing for your exchange. This is a prerequisite in the Socrates/Erasmus programme!

 

Further information on the Socrates/Erasmus programme, grants and other international matters is available from the faculty office (Administrative Officer Tuike Lehtonen, tel. 333 8405, email tuike.lehtonen@utu.fi), at the International Services (university main building) and on the faculty website www.utu.fi/med/tdk.