Department of Computer Science

Doctoral track combines Master’s and doctoral studies

Top students selected to the doctoral track can have their studies tailored towards pursuing a doctoral degree and start working in the department’s research groups already during their Master’s studies.
PML Research Group in Department of Computer Science

The doctoral track provides an opportunity for top students to start working towards the doctoral degree directly from the start of their Master’s studies, according to a personalised study and research plan. In practice, doctoral track students are included in research groups at the Department of Computer Science and receive top-level individual supervision from professors. 

Students will conduct two to three internship research projects in different research groups of the department. These internship projects and Master’s coursework will take the first 1-1.5 years of studies, after which students will agree on the professor who will supervise them towards a doctoral degree. The Master’s thesis typically relates to the first research paper, and students will first receive a Master’s degree. The goal is to complete the doctoral degree in a total of five years, with an excellent dissertation.

The Department of Computer Science has a doctoral track in seven of its majors in the academic year 2020-2021:


Doctoral track students are good candidates for Aalto scholarships and during the period of research internships students can be employed part-time by the department. Study success will be assessed annually, and excellent performance with timely progress will guarantee funding support for the length of the doctoral studies, with a full-time contract upon achievement of a Master’s degree. 

After graduation

There is a constant demand for top-level experts specialised in research areas within computer science and its applications. The doctoral track and Master’s programmes at Aalto University are highly attractive to many employers both in academia and industry. Doctoral studies pursued in a world-class research group provide essential skills needed for working on cutting-edge problems in this field. 

Note! Applicants must explicitly indicate their possible interest for the doctoral track in their motivation letter when applying to the Master’s programme. The best doctoral track applicants will be interviewed and decisions will be announced concurrently with the results of Aalto Master’s programmes intake. 

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