Department of Design

Doctoral Studies at Aalto Design Research

Studying for a doctorate with us
Aalto University, Otaniemi stories: Anna Kholina, doctoral student in Design / photographer: Sinikoski

We supervise and support a lively community of doctoral researchers. 

Apart from individual programmes of research, doctoral activities include:

  • access to a varied set of doctoral courses across the School of Arts, Design and Architecture and beyond at Aalto University;
  • courses on methods, contexts and presentation in design research;
  • a monthly departmental seminar programme;
  • opportunities for exchange visits to partner institutions.

Nearly all doctoral students at Aalto Design Research are located within departmental research groups, benefitting from close contact with their researchers and specific research foci. 

Applications for doctoral study in the Department of Design open in March each year. There is just one annual intake of students which is in September. Applicants are encouraged to consider how their proposed research addresses the department's research foci, research groups or the research of particular professors.

Further information on the Doctoral Programme in Arts, Design and Architecture 

Contact: Head of Research and Doctoral Awards

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