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Archived Curricula Guide 2017–2019
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Doctoral Programme in Medicine and Life Sciences

Doctoral Programme in Medicine and Life Sciences is a uniquely multidisciplinary doctoral program which focuses on basic medical research, translational research and clinical research, molecular biology, human spare parts, immunology and inflammation, from child to healthy adult, vaccines, cardiovascular diseases, cancer (especially prostate and breast cancer), the structures of healthcare and treatment, and aging. The programme offers high quality doctoral level education and produces competitive research specialists and experts, who, after completing doctoral studies, are able to meet the needs of working life.  

The programme offers the following degree options: Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc). Studies aiming for a doctoral degree will be completed in the faculty's research centers and groups. The doctoral degree consists of studies determined by a personal study plan as well as writing and publicly defending a doctoral dissertation. An intermediate degree of Licentiate of Philosophy (PhL) or Licentiate of Health Sciences is also possible.

Learning Outcomes

Section 21 of the Government Decree on University Degrees defines the objectives of scientific doctoral education. The aim is that the student

1) becomes well-versed in his/her own field of research and its social significance;

2) gains knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific research methods independently and critically and to produce new scientific knowledge within his/her field of research;

3) becomes conversant with the development, basic problems and research methods of his/her own field of research;

4) gains such knowledge of the general theory of science and of other disciplines relating to his/her own field of research as enables him/her to follow developments in them;

5) achieves sufficient communication and language skills as well as other ablities that are necessary in order to function in the working life in broad and demanding expert and development positions and in international cooperation.

Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences