Helsinki Graduate Program on European top 24 list in life sciences


Helsinki Graduate Program in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology (GPBM) at the University of Helsinki is the first doctoral programme in Finland featured by invitation on the EMBO Global Exchange Programme portal.

The aim of the EMBO Global Exchange Programme is to initiate new and facilitate existing exchange, thereby establishing long lasting cooperation worldwide. Initially the programme focuses on life scientists in India, China, Taiwan and Africa.

EMBO has collected a list of 24 leading PhD programmes across Europe as a resource for students considering postgraduate studies in Europe. This gives a flavour of the international culture, excellent training and variety of graduate programmes Europe has to offer. On average, only half the students in these programmes are from the host country, and almost 20 per cent are from outside the EU.

With support from the Academy of Finland, GPBM has over the years emphasised internationality through enhancing recruitment and research collaboration.  54 per cent of the enrolled students are from countries other than Finland. Altogether 16 different nationalities are represented in the programme, making it the most international doctoral programme in Finland.

GPBM is a doctoral programme of the Biocentrum Helsinki research organisation. It covers a wide range of areas in life sciences research, ranging from plant sciences to clinical work across campuses and faculty borders. The programme is administered at the Institute of Biotechnology, where about 40 per cent of the researchers are non-Finnish nationals.

About 20 students are admitted annually in the four-year programme through international calls with a transparent and competitive selection procedure. Doctoral training comprises supervised research work aiming to thesis defence, course work on subject areas of the research and transferable skills training.

Graduates from the programme continue their careers in academic research in Finland and abroad as well as in expert and management duties in the public sector or biotechnology industry. 

Read more about the EMBO Global Exchange Programme at:

Contact GPBM:
Professor Pekka Lappalainen
Institute of Biotechnology
Tel: +358 9 191 59499

Scientific Coordinator:
Dr Erkki Raulo
Institute of Biotechnology
Tel. +358 9 191 58753

GPBM website:

The Academy of Finland is responsible for decision-making on doctoral programme positions as well as for the development and monitoring of doctoral programmes in Finland. For more information, go to

Academy of Finland
Riitta Tirronen
Communications Manager
tel. +358 9 7748 8369



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