The postgraduate degrees in Mathematics are the Licentiate in Philosophy (filosofian lisensiaatti, FL or LicPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (filosofian tohtori, FT or PhD). The Licentiate is a subdoctoral degree, and is intended to be primarily vocational in orientation. Most postgraduate students are expected to proceed directly from the Master's degree to the doctorate.
Graduates holding their degrees from the University of Turku are admitted as research students by the Department concerned, on the recommendation of the relevant professor. The Department then appoints for each student a research director (valvoja) and research supervisor for the dissertation (ohjaaja), and the student submits for approval by the Department an individual plan of postgraduate study, drawn up in accordance with the relevant disciplinary Regulations. This plan of study must then be registered with the Faculty. The disciplinary Regulations for the plan of postgraduate study are available in Finnish or English from the appropriate Department offices.
Plan for postgraduate studies should be prepared in co-operation with the supervisor and it must be approved by the department in question.
Like all the Finnish universities, the University of Turku charges no tuition fees. Neither, on the other hand, can it offer financial assistance or job opportunities to students (except in individual cases and even then only towards the end of their research). All students, Finnish and international, are expected to finance their living costs by themselves.
Some information on scholarships offered for foreign students studying in Finland, and on studying in Finland more generally, is provided by the national Centre for International Mobility, CIMO. The Turku Centre for Computer Science (TUCS) , which is a research centre in Computer Science for the three universities in Turku, Finland, also awards some scholarships for talented Ph.D. students in the field of Computer Science and of Information Systems.
Further information about scholarships for students at a more advanced stage of their research can be obtained from the University's Research Services office.