One of three Doctoral Training Committees operating at the University of Oulu Graduate School reviews all applications relating to the field of expertise of the committee. The fields of expertise of the three Doctoral Training Committees are
The Committee gives a recommendation for admission to the dean of the Graduate School, who may admit the students to the Graduate School and who awards the doctoral study rights.
The Dean may also grant conditional decision of admission, for a period of up to one year, for example in cases where the student must complete necessary background studies for the doctoral work (if gaps were identified). The conditional decision of admission is possible also in some special cases. The Principal Supervisor’s recommendation is a prerequisite for the continuation of the doctoral training. All doctoral students admitted to the University of Oulu Graduate School must register to the University of Oulu each year in order to exercise their study rights. Registration is possible when the student has been awarded the study rights by the University of Oulu Graduate School.