Briefing for Master's Degree Students: How to start postgraduate (doctoral) studies in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry Seija Oikarinen, Sari Mikkola 29.4.2008 Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry The purpose of doctoral studies is for the student to
Seija Oikarinen, Sari Mikkola 29.4.2008
Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
1) become profoundly familiar with his or her field of research and its impact on society, and acquire the ability to independently and critically apply scientific research methods and contribute to new scientific knowledge within the field;
2) become well-versed in the development, basic problems and research methods of his or her discipline;
3) acquire a level of knowledge of general scientific theory, and of the disciplines related to his or her field of research, that permits him or her to follow future developments.
according to the Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004
I GENERAL POSTGRADUATE STUDIES (min. 15 credits)
-e.g. Language studies (max. 6 credits), Methodology (general), Applied ethics, Philosophy of science, The research process, Popularization of research data, Research policy and management, Research funding and planning, Studies in university-level teaching and practical training (max. 5 credits), Studies related to the commercial use of research results, Scientific publications (max. 5 credits)
II FIELD-SPECIFIC STUDIES (min. 45 credits) Agriculture and forestry
-e.g. Field-specific postgraduate studies, Major subject literature exam, Postgraduate seminars, Conference presentations and posters (max. 6 credits), International expert assignments (max. 3 credits)
-At least half of the articles included in a compilation dissertation should have been previously published or accepted for publication, and the rest should have been submitted for publication.
- Compilation dissertations submitted to the Faculty typically contain four separate articles.
1. Find information
2. Discuss with
about research plan, study plan, funding of doctoral studies, future plans (post doc plans)...
3. Find your research subject and supervisor(s) and discuss
with them about...
4. Evaluate your motivation – why do you want to start your doctoral studies?
i.e. a Master’s-level degree
1) Applicants who have graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
2) Applicants who have graduated from another faculty at the University of Helsinki or from another Finnish university
3) Applicants who have completed their Master’s degree abroad
a final grade of at least 3
a minimum grade of non sine laude approbatur
The professor in charge of the postgraduate major subject should write a well-founded statement on the applicant’s eligibility for studies in that subject. The student should have completed a minimum of 100 credits in the major subject of his or her postgraduate degree programme or in other equivalent studies.
- Your degree certificate from a higher education institution
- Your transcript indicating the grading system of the institution
- The test score of a language test you have taken
- A statement of purpose in your own words
- The title and summary of your Master´s thesis, in Finnish, Swedish or English
- Your research/study plan
- Some clarification of how you intend to finance your studies at the University of Helsinki.