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1.8.2019 at 08:00 - 5.9.2019 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Thu 5.9.2019
12:15 - 14:45
Tiina Immonen, Sanna GrannasIntroduction and Career Services session 1
Thu 12.9.2019
12:15 - 15:45
Katri Wegelius, Tiina ImmonenPhD studies and PhD café; preparation for Career seminar
Thu 26.9.2019
12:15 - 14:45
Sanna GrannasCareer services session 2
Thu 3.10.2019
12:00 - 16:00
Tiina Immonen, Katri WegeliusCareer seminar
Thu 10.10.2019
12:15 - 15:00
Sanna Grannas, Tiina Immonen, Katri WegeliusCareer Services, session 3 and course closure


Students of the Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine and Neuroscience, also other Master’s students in the field of life sciences

Students will be able to recognise, express and market their competences, skills and strengths as well as values related to working life. They will be aware of their career options as well as career goals and be able to plan their studies and future accordingly. They will be able to apply self-assessment and basic job hunting skills in their transitions both inside and outside of academia.

Specifically, students will be able to consider the implications of pursuing a doctoral degree for their intended career goals and will be aware of the academic requirements and procedures in doctoral training.

Period I, first study year in TRANSMED programme. The course is arranged annually.

- Self-assessment and job-hunting skills, including career planning, the preparation of application documents and job interviews

- Information interviews of selected career models and alumni, conducted by students

- Interactive career seminar with invited speakers from inside and outside academia

- The requirements of a PhD degree in the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Biosciences, activities and training provided by doctoral programmes; procedures in enrolling for a PhD degree

- Learning café discussion with doctoral students

- Attendance at a dissertation

Course summary and evaluation

2 cr: Completion of the course

3 cr: Completion of TMED-901 and 30269 Personal Study Plan (integrated credits for TRANSMED students only)

Completion of TMED-901 requires attendance to all sessions, including career seminar, learning café and dissertation, as well as completion of all assignments, including information interview.

Career seminar 4 h Interview 2 h Attendance to a dissertation 2 h

Learning café 2 h Interactive sessions 14 hours Independent work 58 h

Materials are provided during the course.

Students will take part in interactive sessions, interview selected career models and alumni, write a CV, do self-assessment assignments, practice job interviews, attend a doctoral dissertation, and have discussions with doctoral students.

Teachers hold discussions with students in interactive sessions and in a career seminar, give feedback on the assignments, the CV and the interviews, and answer questions on Moodle.

Evaluation is based on course assignments (CV, information interviews and other assignments). Attendance in all sessions and completion of all assignments are required.

The grading scale is pass/fail.

Attendance in all sessions, including the career seminar, learning café and dissertation defence, as well as the completion of all assignments, including the information interview, are required.

Career seminar 4 h
Interview 2 h
Attendance at a dissertation 2 h
Learning café 2 h
Interactive sessions 14 h
Independent work 58 h

Neuroscience coordinator Katri Wegelius katri.wegelius@helsinki.fi and TRANSMED director Tiina Immonen tiina.immonen@helsinki.fi. Career services sessions: career counsellor Sanna Grannas sanna.grannas@helsinki.fi

Replaces courses 30385 Towards a PhD - How, Where and Why and course 30378 Get Ready for Translational Careers