The University of Turku is an internationally competitive university whose operations are based on high-quality, multidisciplinary research. We promote education and free science and provide higher education that is based on research. The University is part of the international academic community. We collaborate closely with the Finnish society and participate actively in the development of its region.

Top reasons to study here

  • We promote entrepreneurial attitude and utilisation of research in collaboration with business life.
  • We recognise the innovations emerging from research and our globally competitive education services.
  • We are a responsible employer and our operations are built on common values.

PhD Programmes

Medicine & Health (5)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (4)
Social Sciences (3)
Education & Training (2)
Humanities (2)
Journalism & Media (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Law (1)
  • Ph. D. Law
    University of Turku Graduate School

About

History

The academic history of Turku extends all the way back to the 13th century, when people from Turku went to study in the universities of Central Europe.  In 1640, the first university of Finland, the Royal Academy of Turku, was established by Christina, Queen of Sweden.The University of Turku was established in 1920 with the aid of donations from 22 040 citizens, and it became the first Finnish university in Finland.The University’s founding years was an era of strong patriotism and Finland took its first steps as an independent country. This spirit can also be sensed in the motto of the University:

Education

The University of Turku is an active and international academic community of more than 25,000 staff and students. Get acquainted with studying, research and life at the campus that never sleeps!

Research

Straightforward researcher career path and the advancement of international mobility increase the quality and effectiveness of research. We are increasing the number of postdoctoral researchers recruited through international application processes, and we are developing the use of the Tenure Track system further in the whole University.  

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2019
285 -9
2018
276 -42
2017
234
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2018
296
2017
-
2016
-
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2018
301 100
2017
401
2016
401
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2019
351
2018
351 -50
2017
301
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.

Services

Student services

The International Office serves all of those who are on the move - either coming to Turku or going abroad.  The job of the International Office is to help students and teachers to be mobile and to give advise and information on different possibilities. 

Housing services

Turku has accommodation options to suit every budget. We have reserved rooms for booking by delegates at the following establishments. All the listed options are located in the Turku city centre. 

Library services

If you need advice, the whole library staff is at your service. You can chat with us or phone us (libraries, opening hours and contact information)

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Turku has operatios all over Finland – from Utsjoki, Lappland to Finnish Archipelago Sea. Education is mainly focused on three campuses: Turku, Pori and Rauma.

Sports facilities

University of Turku offers many excercise opportunities together with other institutions of higher education in Turku for students and staff.

Student clubs

The Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY, Turun yliopiston ylioppilaskunta) is a public corporation completely independent of the University of Turku. The role of TYY is to represent its members, to advance the position of students in society and provide them with services ranging from consultations with lawyers to parties and sports opportunities