The Department of Computer Science will launch a doctoral track in three of its majors in the academic year 2017-2018:
- Bioinformatics (Life Science Technologies)
- Complex Systems (Life Science Technologies)
- Machine Learning and Data Mining (Computer, Communication and Information Sciences)
Doctoral track is a competitive track where only a limited number of top students will be admitted. Students selected to the doctoral track can have their studies tailored towards pursuing PhD studies and can start working towards PhD in one of the department’s research groups already during their Master studies. Each student will have a supervising professor who monitors the student’s progress and who supervises his/her work in the research group.
After 120 ECTS of studies designed with the supervising professor, including a research report acceptable as a Master’s thesis, the studies have a checkpoint. Necessary requirements for proceeding towards the PhD are rapid progress with very good grades; alternative path is a MSc degree. Before the checkpoint the students are formally Master’s students and after it doctoral programme students. The goal is to graduate with a PhD in 5 years.
Entering the doctoral track
The prospective applicants to the above majors are asked to indicate their interest in entering the doctoral track in the motivation letter of their Master’s programme application. The students are selected to the majors according to the selection process described in the website (see the links above). Out of those applicants who have in their motivation letter indicated interest in entering the doctoral track, the best applicants will be interviewed.