What will I learn?

The Doctoral Programme in Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences provides high quality education for students aiming for either academic or non-academic careers. The doctoral degree is based mainly on scientific research within one of the many research groups of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences related research community. After obtaining a PhD from DENVI the student will be able to

  • independently apply scientific research methods in the field of the programme
  • produce new scientific knowledge
  • critically evaluate the existing scientific knowledge
  • collaborate with people from different backgrounds
  • solve scientific, technical and practical problems in the field of the programme
  • follow high ethical principles in your work.

The central themes of DENVI are environmental change and sustainable development as well as climate change, land use, and the Baltic Sea and its catchment area. The programme gathers together the essential fields of natural and social sciences, law and humanities that are needed to study the complexity of environmental change and pathways to sustainable development. DENVI aims to study environmental change from biological processes to environmental governance – seeking solutions for a more sustainable future. DENVI considers environment broadly from natural habitats to built environments.

On DENVI’s interdisciplinary courses the students’ own research is put into a wider perspective. The doctoral programme aims to provide its members with skills for interdisciplinary research and interaction, which are needed to solve complex environmental problems. These are taught on interdisciplinary workshops that take place twice a year. The themes of the workshops are planned so that each DENVI student may participate in at least two workshops during his/her PhD studies. Additionally, DENVI organises an interdisciplinary student symposium which offers students an opportunity to improve their presentation skills, to get feedback from colleagues, and to share academic questions within an interdisciplinary framework to further strengthen the DENVI community.

Selection of the study track

There are a wide range of majors available to students such as archaeology, aquatic biology, environmental politics and geography.

The degree requirements are:

  • a personal study plan
  • 30 study credits in the field/research area of the thesis
  • 10 study credits of transferable skills, for example university pedagogy, management and leadership skills, negotiation and planning skills and scientific communication
  • international mobility and activities
  • a thesis

Career prospects

PhD graduates from the program are employed in a wide variety of fields such as

  • Research and development (universities, research institutes, companies)
  • Surveillance/monitoring in environment/political arenas
  • Administration, professional roles and consultancy (companies, ministries, supervision offices, EU)
  • Business and management (companies, ministries, supervisory offices, EU)
  • Teaching and education (universities, universities of applied sciences, vocational schools, high schools, comprehensive schools, organisations)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
There are no tuition fees in doctoral programme, but taking care of the costs of living is your responsibility.
Start date

Expected January 2020


Viikki Campus



00790, Finland

Entry requirements

For international students

You must hold either a Finnish Master’s degree or a foreign degree that is roughly comparable to a Finnish Master’s degree. A foreign degree is, as a rule, considered comparable when it makes you eligible to apply for doctoral studies in the country where you have completed the degree.

You are able to demonstrate your proficiency in English: IELTS academic minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in the writing section; TOEFL PBT score of 580; TOEFL IBT score of 92, a minimum score of 22 in the writing section; C1 Advanced (formerly CAE): Pass levels A, B or C, C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE): Pass levels A, B, C or level C1 certificate; PTE Academic minimum score of 62, with a minimum score of 54 in each communicative skills section (listening, reading, speaking and writing).