POST-GRADUATE EDUCATION

The Department of Physics is responsible for post-graduate training in physics, theoretical physics, particle physics and in physics teacher training jointly with the Department of Teacher Education.

Its size and extensive research activity enable the Department to offer an effective post-graduate training program. On the basis of the number of post-graduate degrees the Department of Physics is in the top rank in Finland. The collaboration in post-graduate education with the Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP) and with the Helsinki University of Technology has a long tradition. International co-operation is pursued actively, and it is seen as an essential element of post-graduate education.

In 1997 four post-graduate students took the degree of Licentiate of Philosophy and ten the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Lists of the students who completed their Lic.Phil and Ph.D. theses in 1997 in the Department are given here.

The median of the age distribution of the graduating doctors in the Department was 32.0 years in the period 1988-92 and 32.2 in the period 1993-97. There will be an effort to shorten the time needed to accomplish a doctor's degree by increasing surveillance.

In order to support and promote doctoral education the new "research education program" has been continued in the Department. A maximum of 20 undergraduate students with a doctoral perspective are chosen annually. In 1997 20 first year students were chosen for this line and an additional two who had not initially applied were later included.

The nationwide researcher education programs (Graduate School, GS programs), which commenced at the beginning of 1995, form an effective platform for realizing post-graduate education. The Department is along in four nationwide programs: Materials physics GS (eight persons), Particle and nuclear physics GS (three persons), Mathematics, physics and chemistry teachers GS (nationwide co-ordination responsibility and two persons), and Astrophysics GS (one person).

The progress of the studies and research work of post-graduate students were encouraged by employing the most successful students in research groups, assistantships which have become vacant and allowing them to work as locums.