Doctoral education

Find doctoral student study guides, supervision instructions, doctoral programmes, support for wellbeing, current news and events and more! 

This hub is for all doctoral students, supervising professors and thesis advisors, as well as applicants and others interested in doctoral education at Aalto University.



Eva Durall's defence on Nov 1st 2018 - Department of Media Photo: Hilla Kurki

Public defence info

Infosession on for doctoral students on defence and arrangements for public defence

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Doctoral Q&A on Thursday mornings (autumn 2023)

Answers to your questions related to doctoral studies and chance to have a friendly chat

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Finalising your doctoral studies

Doctoral students at the end phases of studies: information on pre-examination, defence, publishing the thesis and graduation, etc.

Doctoral education
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Our doctoral studies

Our doctoral students pursue the degrees of

Doctor of Arts (Art and Design)
Doctor of Science (Architecture)
Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration)
Doctor of Science (Technology)

The target study time is four years of full-time studies.

Doctoral curricula (

How to apply for doctoral studies?

News and events for doctoral students and faculty

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Nature Research Read & Publish agreement: open access article quota has run out

Additional open access funding for the rest of 2023 will be available.
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Press releases, Research & Art Published:

Is wood brown, blue, yellow, or transparent? Researchers discovered ways to make transparent and colourful coatings from wood

Researchers have succeeded in developing new types of coatings from lignin in trees. The invention has many potential uses, for example in anti-fogging coatings, where it can replace highly toxic chemicals.
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Completing a doctoral degree alongside work – the thesis opened the doors to the product and technology development of a deep-tech company

Karita Kinnunen-Raudaskoski and Jani Lehmonen have both graduated as doctors of chemical engineering from Aalto University and for them, writing a doctoral thesis alongside regular work meant long hours but was also highly rewarding.
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For Aalto community Research & Art Published:

Open access agreements update

Remember to take advantage of Aalto University open access agreements with publishers.
Pizza Brown Bag Seminar
Lectures and seminars

PHYS brown bag seminar: "Do it yourself, Quantum Magnet"

Join us for science and pizza in the Nanotalo lobby.
Student Guide, tapahtumakuva

For thesis-writing: Theses & Tomatoes on Mondays

Online co-writing event for thesis writing
Eva Durall's defence on Nov 1st 2018 - Department of Media Photo: Hilla Kurki
Information sessions

Public defence info

Infosession on for doctoral students on defence and arrangements for public defence
Weekly data management zoom support hour
For Aalto community Support for teams, Training to support research

Aalto Data Agents weekly zoom support hour

A weekly zoom room to come and ask us anything about research data and open science: data management, data storage, data analysis, data sharing, reproducibility, responsible conduct of research, data privacy, ethics.

Next public defences at Aalto University

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Public defences
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Public defences

Public defence in Information Systems Science, Yanqing Lin M.Sc. (Econ)

The title of the thesis is "Consumer Responses to Service Robots: From Pre-Interaction to Post-Interaction"
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Public defences

Public defence in Design, MA Emrecan Gulay

Exploring Intuitive Design Experiences
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Public defences

Public defence in Polymer Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.) Kasper Dienel

Bioactive Patient-Specific Implants for Regeneration of Critical Size Bone Defects (Title of the thesis)

Management of doctoral education at Aalto University

Doctoral education is lead at the School level by the Director of the doctoral programme and the Doctoral programme Committee (DPC). At the University level the Aalto University Doctoral Education Working Group (DEWG) develops doctoral education, discusses mutual issues and prepares university level guidelines on doctoral education.

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Doctoral student forms

Doctoral education services' forms for doctoral students.

Doctoral education

Doctoral education services

We support doctoral students, supervising professors, thesis advisors and doctoral programme directors in matters related to doctoral studies.

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