Doctoral Programme in Physics

Degree title:
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree program type:
Doctor's Degree
40+ cr
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Mathematics and Science
Coordinating organisation:
Department of Physics
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


The requirements for the PhD degree are the PhD thesis and 40 credits of the following:

  1. Coursework and exams (min 17 cr)
  2. Supervised university teaching (max 10 cr)
  3. Practical research and project work (max 10 cr)
  4. Scientific conferences and summer schools etc. (max 10 cr)
  5. Research ethics and open science (2 cr) and communication skills (2 cr)

Learning outcomes

After completing the PhD the doctor has a strong knowledge of the field of science, marked ability to search, critically evaluate, produce, present and apply knowledge, versatile skills in problem-solving and further development of methodology. The doctor has experience in working in groups and projects, teaching experience and practical ability to work as a professional in research institutions, industry and elsewhere in society.

Discipline-specific skills

  • deep understanding of one’s field of science
  • understanding of one’s subject of research and its significance
  • knowledge of other fields related to one’s own research

Research skills of the field

  • theoretical and experimental methods
  • publishing of research results
  • project management and collaboration skills
  • - research ethics and open sciene
Communication skills
  • scientific written and oral communication
  • strong language skills related to one’s own field of science

Teaching skills

  • supervised teaching and teaching development
  • guidance and instruction of younger researhers


Select all (21+ cr)