Schools, departments and units

Scientific research, artistic activities and teaching are carried out at Aalto's six schools and their departments and units.
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School of Engineering

The School of Engineering teaches and researches fields that encompass all aspects of our built-up environment. Global warming, energy conservation and sustainable use of natural resources are the focus areas of both research and teaching.

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Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is a leading multidisciplinary research establishment with strong industrial ties and impact on industry and society alike.


Department of Built Environment

Water resources, spatial data, sustainable asset management and safe transportation.


Department of Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering aims to build the structures of tomorrow through research, education and collaboration.

School of Business

The School of Business is Finland's leading business school and one of the top business schools in Europe. The Aalto University School of Business was the first business school in the Nordic countries to receive the most important international quality accreditations of the field: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. This makes it one of the best business schools in the world.



    Department of Management Studies

    The Department of Management Studies offers a dynamic environment for scholarship and learning.

    Accounting and Business Law department

    Department of Accounting & Business Law

    The Department of Accounting is one of the leading research faculties in the Nordic region.

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    Department of Marketing

    The Department of Marketing is a thriving and dynamic community of faculty, researchers, staff, and students. The department has earned international acclaim for its ambitious and rigorous research output. We are at the bleeding edge of marketing.

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    Department of Finance

    The Department of Finance is the leading finance department in Finland with a strong dedication to research.

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    Department of Economics

    The Department of Economics provides a comprehensive insight into the functioning of economies and the environment in which companies operate.


    Department of Information and Service Management

    The Department of Information and Service Management refers to the creative use of information and digital technology in business and the move from industrial to service dominant forms of production.

    School of Chemical Engineering

    Important areas of research conducted at the School of Chemical Engineering include environmentally friendly and energy-efficient processes, diverse utilisation of wood and other biomaterials, new materials and their application, new motor fuels, shaping of micro-organisms and enzymes, and new drugs and biomaterials.



    Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

    The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (Bio2) is at the forefront of forest products technologies and cutting-edge biotechnology.

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    Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

    The Department of Chemistry and Materials Science focuses on micro-, nano- and atomic scale engineering of compounds and materials. Our work in these areas encompasses synthesis, characterization and computational research.

    Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering / research

    Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

    The Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering's expertise areas are chemical engineering, metals process industry, energy technologies, and new materials production.

    School of Science

    The School of Science performs world-class fundamental research and develops scientific and technical applications based on its results. Especially the fields of computation and modelling, materials research as well as ICT and media account for a large part of the research conducted at the school.

    Mathematics and Systems Analysis research

    Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis

    Our main research areas are algebra and discrete mathematics, analysis, applied mathematics and mechanics, stochastics and statistics, and systems analysis and operations research.

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    Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

    We study system-level dynamic functions of the human brain, mind and body.

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    Department of Applied Physics

    The Department of Applied Physics pursues vigorous research in physical sciences and creates important industrial applications that hold great technological potential.

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    Department of Computer Science

    The Department of Computer Science provides world-class research and education in modern computer science to foster future science and society.

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    Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

    The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management studies and drives the transformation of technology-based business.

    School of Electrical Engineering

    At the School of Electrical Engineering electrical engineering, the natural sciences and information technology intertwine to form smart systems and innovations that save energy and increase well-being. Our research is applied in mobile telephones, electricity networks and in satellites.

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      Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering

      Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering (ELE) conducts research and arranges related teaching courses in the fields of electromagnetics, micro and nanotechnology, radio engineering, and space technology.


      Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics

      The Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics (SPA) combines competence in different areas of research fields varying from ICT technology to core electrical engineering and its basic phenomena.


      Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation

      The Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation is an ecosystem where scientists and engineers from different fields of microsystems, electrical engineering and automation work together to solve the most challenging scientific problems.

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      Department of Communications and Networking

      The Department of Communications and Networking (Comnet), is the largest unit in Finland in its research area.

      School of Arts, Design and Architecture

      The School of Arts, Design and Architecture began operating on 1 January 2012 when the School of Art and Design and the Department of Architecture at the School of Engineering merged together.

      The school is the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries, and one of the most prestigious ones in the whole world. The areas of research in the field of arts and design include design, digital media, audio-visual representation, art education and visual culture. The viewpoint of usefulness forms the foundation of artistic activity.


        Department of Architecture

        We train professionals to design human-centred environments.

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        Department of Film, Television and Scenography

        The Department of Film, Television and Scenography ELO is Finland's only university-level film school.

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        Department of Media

        The Department of Media is an academic community of approximately 500 students and 80 staff members. We conduct research and provide education in Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programmes across a broad range of subjects and themes.

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        Department of Design

        The Department of Design is a diverse community of competent, creative and responsible individuals. In design, we appreciate technical skill, social significance and artistic expression.

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        Department of Art

        The Department of Art educates and prepares professionals in the fields of art education, visual culture, curating, and contemporary art. The department is recognized internationally for high-quality artistic and art pedagogical activities, scholarship, and research.

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