Doctoral education

Your hub for doctoral education

Doctoral student, supervising professor and thesis advisor: this is your hub for doctoral education. The information sources collected on this hub related to doctoral theses, doctoral programmes, public defences and management of doctoral education, to name a few, are also useful for our applicants and stakeholders.

The main information resources for our doctoral students are the three-page Doctoral student study guide and the student study guide pages of each Doctoral programme.


Being a supervising professor or thesis advisor at Aalto University

Information on guiding doctoral students, admissions, faculty's responsibilities related to pre-examination and doctoral education guidelines, among other things.

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News and events for doctoral students and faculty

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Best doctoral theses and master's theses 2022 in the School of Science awarded

This year, six doctoral theses and five master's theses were granted awards
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Academy of Finland autumn call to January – changes also to review process

The deadline for the next application round of Academy Project Funding, Academy Research Fellowships and Clinical Researcher Funding will be in January 2024 instead of September 2023.
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New Taylor & Francis open access publishing agreement signed

Aalto affiliated corresponding authors can publish their articles without the open access fee (APC).
Photo from Heureka's Facing Disaster exhibition.
For Aalto community Research & Art, University Published:

Open call for Heureka X Aalto joint exhibition – make creativity in research visible!

Research breakthroughs can be radically creative. Make your research process visible to 40 000 visitors in Heureka – submit your proposal to the joint exhibition by 30 April 2023.
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For thesis-writing: Theses & Tomatoes on Mondays

Online co-writing event for thesis writing
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For Aalto community Lectures and seminars

CS Doctoral Seminars

Welcome to learn more about the work of our doctoral researchers.
Ethical Review and Ethical Self-Evaluation at Aalto
Academic events, Training to support research

Ethical Review and Ethical Self-Evaluation at Aalto

Learn about ethical review with Dr. Annukka Jyrämä, Data Agent Dr. Enrico Glerean, and Legal Counsel Anniina Harju.
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.
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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 curriculums (

How to apply for doctoral studies?

Doctoral thesis at Aalto University

Resources and guidelines for doctoral students and information on doctoral theses at Aalto University.

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Next public defences at Aalto University

cybersecurity and information security
Public defences

Public defence in Computer Science, M.Sc. Narges Yousefnezhad

Secure IoT Systems in Product Lifecycle Information Management
Poster for a 1970s design conference called 'With whom do you feel your solidarity' with a drawn image of three hands with different skin tones holding one another.
Public defences

Public defence in Design, MA Kaisu Savola

'Disrespectful thoughts about design' - How Finnish design developed a social and environmental conscience
Scheme showcasing the design, reconfigurability, and application of nucleic acid nanostructures. The design of RNA polyhedra structures is shown in the left half, the reconfigurable nature of DNA origami in the top right quadrant, and the application of DNA origami to study a DNA bending protein is shown in the bottom right quadrant.
Public defences

Public defence in Biomedical Engineering, M.Sc. Ashwin Natarajan

Title of the doctoral thesis: Nucleic Acid Nanostructures: Design, Reconfigurability, and Applications
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Public defences

Public defence in Engineering Physics, M.Sc. Elena Ilina

Interferometric methods for optical applications

Management of doctoral education at Aalto University

Aalto University Doctoral Education Working Group develops the university’s doctoral education, discusses the mutual issues on doctoral education and prepares the university guidelines.

Doctoral Education Working Group (DEWG) (

Aalto University's organisation and governance model (

Degree regulations on doctoral education (

Academic policies and regulations (

Support services

Doctoral students are supported by their supervising professor, thesis advisor(s) and various support services, especially the Doctoral education services, who maintain this Doctoral education hub. Employed doctoral researchers are also supported by the HR services.


Doctoral education services

Doctoral education services support doctoral students, supervising professors, thesis advisors and doctoral programme directors in matters related to doctoral studies. Doctoral education services belong to Learning Services.


Support for challenges during your doctoral studies

Doctoral students can encounter different kind of challenging situations during their studies. This page presents the support network of doctoral students and instructions for how to proceed if doctoral students experience any type of harrasment, bullying or misconduct, or have issues with supervision.

Doctoral education
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Human Resource (HR) services contact details

Contact details to Human Resources (HR) services for Joint University services as well as for HR units at Schools and Departments.

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