Applying for admission to the Doctoral Programme and postgraduate studies

Major subjects

The major subject may be one of the following: aquatic sciences, cell and molecular biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, and environmental science.

One study place per term rule

A student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland in education that begins in the same academic term (the Finnish University Law. 558/2009, §38). This rule applies also to doctoral and licentiate degrees. Further information see in Finnish, in English.

General eligibility requirements

Students with a Finnish Master's degree (or equivalent) in a field relevant to the research done in the Department can be accepted to the Doctoral Programme. Students with a B.Sc. degree from a country where this degree gives qualification for doctoral studies can also be accepted (The Finnish University Law. 558/2009, §37; in Finnish, in English). A student can apply to the Doctoral Programme before the completion of the master's degree and she/he can be approved conditionally at the earliest 6 months before the completion of the master's degree (General Admission Criteria: in Finnish, in English). The doctoral student status (see General Admission Criteria: in Finnish, in English) and any funding for the doctoral training (Rector's decision) can only be given after the completion of the required degree.

Application deadlines

A selection is carried out 4 times a year. The application deadlines are 28.2., 30.4., 31.8. and 30.11. Please note that the right of postgraduate study should be granted before the employment contract of the doctoral student with the University of Jyväskylä can be made (see Rector's decision).

Application process

For the application students are expected to contact the research group of interest in the department and to write a PhD research plan in collaboration with the research group. The name(s) of the supervisor(s) has to be given in the application (more information on supervision). The application should also include a plan for formal studies according to the curriculum of the department and a funding plan for the doctoral training, signed by the supervisor (see general information on funding options). If the degree has not been awarded by the University of Jyväskylä, a copy of master's degree certificate and transcript of records for the previous degree(s) (Master's degree or equivalent). Please note that doctoral students are expected to graduate within 4 years of enrolment to the programme.

To apply for the postgraduate studies:

  1. Obtaining a study right in the Doctoral Programme in Chemistry can be done by applying for doctoral studies during the general application period (1-2 times yearly, call for admission announced on the faculty's webpage) or by applying for open vacancies for doctoral students (open vacancies announced on the university's main page).
  2. The applicants are expected to be in contact with the research group of interest in the department. The main supervisor must be from the University of Jyväskylä (see more information here). Included with an application need to be a plan for the doctoral studiesa research plan, a follow-up group and a realistic plan for financing the research - made together with the supervisor. Additionally, if the degree has not been awarded by the University of Jyväskylä, a copy of master's degree certificate and transcript of records for the previous degree(s).” 
  3. Return the application to Sari Eronen. (Further info by e-mail: doctoral-studies-science@jyu.fi)
  4. The application form will be signed by the head of the department after consulting the steering board of the doctoral programme.
  5. The acceptance will be decided by the Faculty of Mathematics and Science (based on the recommendation of the Doctoral Programme).

Selection process

Applications for admission to doctoral studies are dealt with by the board of the doctoral programme. The board of the doctoral programme evaluates applicants and makes its recommendation regarding admission on the basis of application documents. The board may, however, interview the applicant and/or supervisor if need be. After the Head of the Department has signed the statement from the Department, the Faculty of Mathematics and Science decides about the right to pursue doctoral studies.

General acceptance criteria

New students can be accepted only when the dissertation for the postgraduate degree will be supervised at the University of Jyväskylä (Degree Regulations of the University of Jyväskylä, 2015, 17 §; in Finnish, in English). The main supervisor must have an employment relationship with the University of Jyväskylä, a doctoral degree and sufficient academic merits (18§). At least one supervisor should be from the Department of Biological and Environmental Science (more information about supervision here).

Selection is based on the requirements of the University of Jyväskylä Graduate School for Doctoral Studies (in Finnish, in English), Degree Regulations of the University of Jyväskylä, 2015, 17§ (in Finnish, in English) and admission criteria prepared by the Faculty of Mathematics and Science (in Finnish, in English). Students will be selected according to their merits demonstrated in the application documents and in interviews organized by the supervisor(s) and/or the board of the Doctoral Programme. The comparisons of applicants, persons interviewed and interview conclusions are documented.

Applicant's knowledge and skills:

  • success in Master’s Degree studies or similar degree studies from a foreign university
  • at least the grade of Good, 3/5 or a corresponding grade in the master’s thesis included in his/her ‘advanced studies’ block
  • the necessary language skills for doctoral studies (see more information here in Finnish (page 5), in English (page 6))
  • dedication to undertaking and completing the research

Research subject

  • an innovative research subject
  • a realistic and feasible research plan
  • research that complements the Department’s research profile


  • sufficient qualifications, knowledge and capacity of the supervision (more information in Finnish, in English)
  • a commitment to continued supervision

Funding and resources

  • personal funding during the study period
  • funding and resources available for the research project


  • the doctoral student’s commitment to the study plan and requirements for the graduate degree
  • the possibility for the student to participate in specialized seminars, courses

Informing the applicants of the decision

When the Faculty has made its decision, the applicant will receive an acceptance letter. The acceptance letter includes the enrolment form which is returned to the Faculty. Further information on registration in Finnish, in English.

Supervision document

In addition to returning the enrolment form, a new doctoral student needs to fill in so-called supervision document in the Korppi portal collaboratively with their supervisors at the beginning of the student-supervisor relationship.