According to the Universities Act of Finland (558/2009, Chapter 5, Section 37), eligible for studies leading to a doctoral degree shall be:
- a person who has completed an applicable higher university or polytechnic degree,
- a person who has completed an applicable education abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for corresponding higher education,
- a person whom the university judges otherwise to have sufficient knowledge and skills for the studies.
Eligible applicants to the Doctoral Programme in Molecular Medicine have a Master's degree in sciences, medicine, dental sciences, pharmacy, health care or other relevant field. Persons who university otherwise finds to possess adequate knowledge and skills for PhD studies, can also be given the post graduate study right.
Applicants should have the necessary background knowledge (scientific basic knowledge obtained during the completion of the basic qualification) and skills (scientific methods and their application learned during the completion of the basic qualification) for carrying out research projects, and they should be competent and motivated to pursue a doctoral degree.