Applying for admission to doctoral training

Eligibility for doctoral training

Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria may apply for admission to doctoral training.


Before submitting an application, applicants must contact the representative of the subject in the unit providing doctoral training in the field of science in question (faculty, department or independent institute) to arrange the supervision of doctoral studies.

Before applying for the right to pursue postgraduate studies, doctoral students and their supervisors collaboratively create a doctoral study plan and a research plan and discuss dissertation funding opportunities.


Faculties provide a general application period for doctoral training either once or twice a year.

Application guidelines

Admission criteria

Doctoral student admission follows detailed admission requirements prepared by faculties based on the general admission criteria.

Requirements for doctorate degree

According to the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004, section 22) the requisite components of the doctorate degree are the following:

To be awarded a doctorate, the student must:

  1. complete the required postgraduate studies
  2. demonstrate independent and critical thinking in the field of research
  3. write a doctoral dissertation and defend it in public

Extent of doctorate degree

The faculty decides the extent and structure of the doctoral dissertation, as well as the extent of other required studies. The scope of the dissertation must be designed so that the doctoral degree can be completed within four years of full-time work. The dissertation is either a monograph or an article dissertation. Studies consist of a minimum of 30 ECTS credits and a maximum of 60 ECTS credits.