The doctoral candidate and dissertation supervisor should pay attention to the following: if the thesis submitted to E-thesis contains unpublished results to be included in an original article, the online publishing of the thesis may hamper the publication of the results.
In this case, the doctoral candidate and supervisor should consider postponing the publishing of the dissertation in E-thesis until all results to be included in original articles have been published. Advertising the dissertation and its public examination Public examination The Faculty Council appoints one or two opponents to examine the dissertation, and one of the Faculty professors as the custos for the public examination.
The course of the public examination Advertising the public examination Instructions for advertising the public examination at the Faculty of Medicine can be found here. Distribution of dissertations The doctoral candidate must submit free-of-charge deposit copies to the University ten days before the public examination, as specified in the instructions below.
Any dedications should be written on a separate card or sheet of paper and submitted with the dissertation proper. Distribution of dissertations from 1 January A total of 20 copies of the dissertation must be printed, regardless of whether the doctoral candidate intends to also publish the dissertation online using the E-thesis service.
For compelling reasons e. In this case, the doctoral candidate will not be eligible for a University grant to cover the printing costs. To qualify for the grant, the dissertation must be printed at a printing house chosen by the University. Further information can be found on Flamma.
Approval of the dissertation Rector has decided on some changes in the dissertation grading. As of 1 March , the new grading practice will commence. Please note, that the practice does not apply to dissertations already submitted for preliminary examination process. The Council will decide on the matter when granting the permission to proceed to public examination, or should this not be possible, delegate the decision making to the Dean.
The Opponent will submit a statement on the dissertation to the Faculty within two weeks of the public examination. The doctoral candidate may also submit to the Faculty an objection concerning the statement and appeal against the proposed grade. The Faculty Council will decide on the approval of the dissertation and on the grade.
The doctoral candidate will submit to the Faculty Office an application for a diploma. In assessing an article based dissertation it must be noted that the articles have already been published and therefore focus on the summary. In addition to submitting their statements to the Faculty, the preliminary examiners may make comments and detailed suggestions for corrections directly to the author of the dissertation.
The author must then discuss with the supervisor which corrections should be taken into consideration in the final version. A preliminary examiner may also require that the doctoral candidate make corrections to the manuscript, which the preliminary examiner then approves before providing a statement recommending the granting of permission for the public defense. After approving the corrections, the preliminary examiner must submit to the faculty his or her final statement on the manuscript.
In such cases, the preliminary examiner must contact the education planner doctoral studies. The assessment criteria for doctoral dissertations Doctoral dissertations are graded on a scale of Pass with Distinction, Pass or Fail. As a rule, doctoral dissertations receive the grade Pass. The Fail grade must be given only if the dissertation includes serious ethical deficiencies. In exceptional cases, if a doctoral dissertation is highly distinguished in the light of all assessment criteria, the dissertation may receive the grade Pass with Distinction.
The dissertation meets the relevant ethical criteria. It may also serve to open a new line of investigation. The study must be appropriately delineated. The research questions must be phrased in a way that allows them to be reasonably answered within the scope of the study. Conceptual clarity and theoretical mastery of the topic The concepts must be clear, and the author must demonstrate that he or she is in command of the theories behind the research and able to conceptualise the research problem.
Use of methods The methods must be well grounded and enable the author to address the research problem. Diverse use of research methods is commendable, as is in-depth mastery and insightful use of the research methods. Material The material must be high quality and sufficient considering the choice of research problem and method. Presentation of the results The results must be presented clearly and logically. Analysis should be logical and well grounded. Conclusions The conclusions must be systematic and well grounded and pertain to the research problem, material and method.
The author should avoid speculation. The dissertation as a whole and the standard of the language used The dissertation must have a logical structure with clear language. The text should be coherent and logical and focus on the essential. Argumentation must advance logically. The researcher must demonstrate critical thinking, originality and independence. The public defense Brief summary of the practices and procedures followed in the public examination of doctoral dissertations The public examination of a dissertation begins a quarter past the indicated hour weekdays at 12 and Saturdays at The audience should be seated at the indicated hour.
When the doctoral candidate, custos and opponent arrive, the audience rises. The research materials are particularly brief or biased in terms of the nature of the problem and the objectives of the research. The methods used are not suited for examining the problem at hand, but yield erroneous or insufficient answers to the questions posed.
There are serious shortcomings and inconsistencies in the structure and title of the work. In addition, the dissertation may be rejected during the preliminary examination or grading process due to research ethical reasons such as academic fraud. The Faculty Council decides on the accepting or failing the dissertation and on its grade based on the reports and grade proposal by the grading committee.
Requirements for licentiate thesis The Licentiate thesis in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences is a self-contained scientifically coherent whole, which typically consists of more than one scientific publication or manuscripts with original research results and a summary section, or a monograph that meets equivalent scientific criteria.
The scope of a Licentiate thesis should be approximately half the scope of a doctoral dissertation. The number of component articles included in an article-based Licentiate thesis varies depending on the candidate's independent contribution to the articles and the scientific quality and scope of the package that they form the thesis as a whole.
A thesis may also include manuscripts not yet approved for publication. Also systematic review articles comparable to original publications may be included in a thesis. A Licentiate thesis can include co-authored publications or co-authored article manuscripts.
The independent contribution of the Licentiate candidate in all included articles must be sufficient and clearly identifiable. Justified reason, same co-authored articles can be included in a doctoral dissertation or Licentiate thesis of more than one student.
A monograph submitted as a Licentiate thesis is a scientific work issued under the name of the thesis author alone and based on the previously unpublished results of independent research.
A monograph submitted as a Licentiate thesis must meet scholarly criteria equivalent to an article-based thesis. Examination and approval of the Licentiate thesis The Faculty Council appoints a minimum of two examiners for each Licentiate thesis. The examiners must have completed a doctoral degree. The thesis supervisor and the professor in charge of the major subject propose the examiners. The proposal must include a written statement by the thesis author declaring that he or she either does or does not object to the appointment of the thesis examiners.
When selecting the examiners, particular attention should be paid to their expertise and impartiality in relation to the thesis in question. Same principles are applied to disqualification of Licentiate thesis examiners than in selecting pre-examiners for doctoral dissertations. Form for the proposal for the examiners The examiners must have agreed to the task before they are proposed to the faculty. Both the proposal and the enclosures listed in the table below must be submitted to Viikki doctoral study services.
Once the Faculty Council has appointed the examiners, the faculty sends Licentiate thesis and instructions on thesis examination together with the clarification of author contributions to the examiners. The duties of examiners. Same evaluation criteria and description of the grades is applied as for doctoral dissertations.
The professor in charge of the major subject proposes a grade for the Licentiate thesis on the basis of the statements submitted by the thesis examiners form for grade proposal. The thesis supervisor cannot make this proposal. The grade proposal must be well-founded and delivered to Viikki doctoral study services. The student must give his or her statement of approval of the proposed grade for Licentiate thesis.
The Faculty Council decides on the passing or failing of the Licentiate thesis and on its grade based on the statements of the examiners and the professor in charge of the major subject. A Licentiate thesis may be accepted with grade Approved or Approved with distinction.
Before the thesis is assessed, the author must be provided with the opportunity to object to the statements.The preliminary examiners must submit to the faculty a separately or jointly written statement in which they either a Recommend that the doctoral candidate be granted permission to publicly defend the dissertation in its current manuscript form or with minor corrections that the supervisor can approve b Find that the manuscript contains deficiencies that are serious enough for them not to be able to recommend that the doctoral candidate be granted permission to publicly defend the dissertation A preliminary examiner may also require that the doctoral candidate make corrections to the manuscript which the preliminary examiner then approves before providing a statement recommending the granting of permission for the public defence. The research topic must be scientifically important, and the theoretical foundations, the methods used and the empirical section must meet the highest academic standards. For further information, please contact phd-admissions helsinki. Application period Letters of acceptance to be sent by Deadline for accepting the offer Study right begins September 3rd to September 17th, 29th Nov
The preliminary examiners must present their statements within two months of receiving the invitation.
An article-based dissertation An article-based dissertation includes a sufficient quantity as deemed by the Faculty Council of scientific publications, or manuscripts intended for publication, on the same set of problems and a summary section written by the doctoral candidate alone. Requirements for licentiate thesis The Licentiate thesis in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences is a self-contained scientifically coherent whole, which typically consists of more than one scientific publication or manuscripts with original research results and a summary section, or a monograph that meets equivalent scientific criteria. There are serious shortcomings and inconsistencies in the structure and title of the work. Before the preliminary examiners are appointed, the doctoral candidate submits the dissertation manuscript and other required documents to the Viikki Campus doctoral study services: viikki-phd helsinki. The same principles of disqualification apply to both preliminary examiners and opponents.
The opponent must be professor, docent or doctoral degree holder with equivalent academic qualifications. Hence, it is vital that the preliminary examination be thorough and that the author be required to make the necessary corrections and additions before the statement on the permission to defend the dissertation is prepared. Before the Faculty Council is to grade the thesis, the student concerned may request in writing that the grading be discontinued. Dissertation theses The doctoral dissertation in the Faculty of Educational Sciences The doctoral dissertation is a consistent scholarly work based on independent research that makes an original contribution to knowledge.
The supervisor and doctoral candidate are responsible for defining the topic and contents of the dissertation so that it is possible to complete the doctoral degree in four years of full-time study. The doctoral candidate first, Custos second and Opponent last. The participants will leave the auditorium in the same order in which they entered: first the doctoral candidate, followed by the Custos and the Opponent.
You can also type in appropriate keywords in the Search engine to find principal investigators and research groups within your field. However, even then the status of the preliminary examiner is not equal to that of the supervisor. If committee members propose the grade of Pass with Distinction, they must present written grounds for the proposal outlining the key merits of the work. If the decision is negative, you will be explained the reasons behind the decision and have the right to appeal it, in case you feel you have been unjustly treated.
A preliminary examiner of the dissertation may not act as the opponent. In this event, the dissertation supervisor must, upon applying for permission for a public defence, approve the revisions and confirm to the Faculty Council in writing that they are sufficient. The certified copies of additional documents must be delivered to the Admissions Services of the University of Helsinki. Those applicants who are required to send certified copies of the additional documents by post must make sure that these documents arrive by the end of the application period.
If the dissertation contains significant deficiencies even after the alterations the pre-examiner should propose denying the permission for a public examination.