Doctoral Programme in Drug Research (DPDR)
The aim of DPDR is to educate experts having wide view of the whole life cycle of medicines and toxicology.
The main doctoral education is research, which is performed in the research groups under guidance of supervisor(s). During research work, also soft skills are learned. These skills can also be studied in the doctoral school’s training events.
DPDR is a multidisciplinary doctoral programme and its strong fields include drug design and synthesis, medicinal chemistry, bioactivity screening, pharmaceutical microbiology, drug formulation, industrial manufacturing, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, nanomedicines, analytics, drug interactions, pharmacogenetics, pharmacology and clinical pharmacology, clinical drug research, pharmacoepidemiology, clinical pharmacy, pharmacoeconomics, toxicology and clinical toxicology and veterinary drug research.
Doctoral education in DPDR includes national and international courses, congresses and work visits outside own working place. DPDR has wide network of experts representing several fields in drug research and toxicology. DPDR is one core unit in the national FinPharmaNet network, which covers seven universities, representatives from national authorities and drug industry. In addition, cooperation with scientific societies and doctoral candidates' own activities (Student council) and peer support helps in networking. Research expertise, other skills and career planning are followed in annual thesis committee meetings where outside scientific experts support the progress of doctoral candidates.
Key learning outcomes/objectives of education
According to Decree Statute 21 § of the government decree on university degrees (effective since 1.8.2005) and Government Decree 1039/2013 (unofficial translation), a person who has completed doctoral training has:
Career orientation/compulsory or elective traineeship
Research in doctoral education is team work in research groups which have national and international cooperation and networks. Practical research work has some transferable skills integrated in it and those can be strengthened by courses and activities provided by doctoral school. A period of work (two weeks at minimum) outside own research group is anticipated during doctoral education.
Doctoral candidates are free to travel to participate suitable doctoral education events. DPDR provides travel grants by application for visits outside own working place, for participation to scientific courses, congresses and other events.
DPDR recommends that doctoral candidate participates at least in one international event every year and, if possible, and does scientific works outside own working place at least once during doctoral education.
UH education reform
Please see rules for transition from the degree requirements of 2014–2017 to the curriculum of 2017–2020 here.
Degree programme director
Hélder A Santos (firstname.lastname@example.org)