Ph. D. On Campus

Biology, Geography and Geology

University of Turku

48 months
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The Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG) at University of Turku is a multidisciplinary doctoral programme that educates specialists with wide knowledge on natural science research.



The education and research at the Department of Biology are wide-ranging and cover all the levels from cell and molecular biology, physiology and genetics to individual species, interaction between species and evolutionary phenomena on population and community level. In addition to humans and animals, the research topics cover plants and microbes and their environment. The ecotoxicology, ecology and conservation genetics research of environmental problems caused by the human impact are a central part of the department’s operations.

Geography and Geology

The interdisciplinary research at the Department of Geography and Geology is focuses on the dynamic processes of the Earth at various scales of space and time. The department hosts various specialized researchers and research groups with study topics ranging from sedimentology and historical environmental changes to innovation environments and urban structures.

Key facts:

Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG) at University of Turku offers high-quality and interdisciplinary doctoral training in natural science research. Traditionally strong areas in BGG are ecology, evolutionary biology, biodiversity, environmental science, physiology, genetics, physical geography, human geography and geology.

Application calls for a right to study are open annually in March and in September. In September call it is also possible to apply a fixed-term funded doctoral candidate position.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Literature examination
  • scientific ethics 
  • Literature review
  • University courses in the major subject
  • University courses in supporting subject

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


240 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CV
  • List of publications
  • Research plan
  • Copies of degree certificates/diplomas
  • Motivation letter: free-form letter to the evaluators (one A4-page, Times New Roman 12 pt or equivalent).
  • Supervision plan signed by supervisor(s), a research director and the applicant
  • Transcript of study records showing the studies to be included in the doctoral degree
  • Supervisor's statement
  • Evaluation letter
  • English language certificate

Tuition Fee

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    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 48 months.


Living costs for Turku

775 - 1128 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


 University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS) annually allocates funds to providing a salary for a limited number of doctoral candidates in each doctoral programme. Funding may be for up to four years. The call for UTUGS funded positions is open once a year in September.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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