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Physical and Chemical Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #287 (QS) ,
The Doctoral Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences (PCS) is responsible for the doctoral education in astronomy, chemistry, materials science, physics and theoretical physics in the University of Turku.


Under the guidance of distinguished professors and supervisors the PCS provides comprehensive doctoral education in physical and chemical sciences.

Doctoral Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences works in collaboration with

  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Finnish Centre for Astronomy with ESO (FINCA)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research Themese
  • Materials Physics
  • Theoretical and Experimental Quantum Physics
  • Materials Chemistry and Chemical Analysis
  • Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Astronomy and Space Research

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    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

    The application process of having the right to pusue the doctoral degree has two application phases. In the first phase applicants leave their applications and attachments to the electronic application form. 
      The steering committee of the doctoral programme assess the first round applications. The particular assessment criteria is stated in the call for applications in question.  Best applicants will be invited to the second phase and the steering committee will suggest them a supervisor. 

      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

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


      In the autumn application, it is possible to apply for doctoral student positions funded by the Graduate School of University of Turku (UTUGS). 

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