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Nursing Science, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #287 (QS) ,
The Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science (DPNurs) provides systematic doctoral education in the field of the nursing science. DPNurs educates high-level researchers and experts in nursing science who promote innovative and scientifically competent research in different fields of nursing science, nursing and health care.


The Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science is well known for its research and education both nationally and internationally. It is an integral part the University of Turku Department of Nursing Science which is among the best corresponding units in Finland and Europe. Doctoral candidates are involved in the national and international nursing and health science community, where the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science has strong integration.

DPNurs is part of five networks of doctoral education in nursing science, which offer wide selection of doctoral education. The Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science is part of the Finnish Doctoral Education Network in Nursing Science which covers all the Finnish universities providing doctoral education in nursing science.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: The next application round will be 1–20 March 2019.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Ethics of Academic Research(in English)
  • Literature Reviews in Health Sciences(in English)
  • Language Studies (freely chosen)
  • General Transferable Skills (freely chosen)
  • Tools for career building and Life after PhD(in English)
  • From Research to Scientific Publication(in English)
  • Nursing Education Research(in English)
  • Digital Interventions in Nursing and Health(in English)

              English Language Requirements

              You only need to take one of these language tests:

              • Minimum required score:


                The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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              • Minimum required score:


                The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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              Academic Requirements

              General Requirements

              • Research plan (max 5 pages)
              • Theoretical study plan
              • Progress and resource plan
              • Curriculum Vitae of the applicant
              • List of publications
              • Signed supervision plan
              • A copy of the Master of Nursing Science degree or equivalent diploma

              Tuition Fee

              • International

                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
              • National

                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
              We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

              Living costs for Turku

              • 775 - 1130 EUR/month
                Living Costs

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