With a strong international focus, the Forests and Bioresources programme of University of Eastern Finland covers all fields of forest sciences and research training for postgraduate students with an interest in the forest-based bioeconomy, renewable resources and biomaterials. With a unique profile at the University of Eastern Finland, ours is the only doctoral programme in Finland focused on forests and renewable resources and biomaterials provided by them.
Doctoral education in forest sciences is multidisciplinary. In our doctoral programme you familiarize yourself with advanced and systematic studies and with your own research to the scientific research methods and applications in the area of forest sciences.
Our programme covers all fields of forest sciences. Forest sciences also have close relations with e.g. biology, environmental sciences, physics, chemistry, statistics, economics, social sciences and technological sciences.
In our doctoral programme, you can develop and apply different research methods on questions related to the forests and on the renewable resources provided by the forests.
A licentiate or a doctoral degree consists of the following elements:
- A doctoral dissertation or licentiate thesis
- Postgraduate studies (30 ECTS): Transferable skills studies (5 ECTS) and Studies in the discipline and field of research (25 ECTS)
Requirements laid down for the doctoral dissertation
A doctoral dissertation can be a scientific account based on independent research, which is deemed to increase knowledge in the field in question (a monograph). A doctoral dissertation can consist of a sufficient number, determined by the university, of scientific publications discussing the same set of problems (article-based or compiled dissertation). They can be either published or intended/accepted for publication, and are outlined in a separate summary.
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
DisciplinesBiology Natural Resource Management Forestry View 4 other PhDs in Biology in Finland
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A copy of the basic university degree certificate, and other documents which may affect the granting of a study right.
- A transcript of earlier academic records.
- A preliminary research plan approved by the main supervisor. See the detailed instructions for writing a research plan.
- A supervisors' agreement (form in Finnish/form in English).
- If necessary, a statement from the Comittee on Research Ethics and a permission for the use of laboratory animals.
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There is no term fee for doctoral education in the University of Eastern Finland.
Living costs for Joensuu
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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