Doctoral education

Aalto Doctoral Orientation Days

Two-day event that provides essential information for doctoral students in the beginning of their doctoral journey, with topics ranging from research data management to planning your studies and from career prospectives to experiences from graduated Doctors. By participating in the orientation tutor groups you can meet other doctoral students from all doctoral programmes.

Aalto Doctoral Orientation Days are organised three times a year. Welcome!
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New doctoral students will recieve a personal registration link by email. The Doctoral Orientation Days have been planned for doctoral students, but doctoral researchers employed by Aalto University, who have not yet received the study right for doctoral studies are also welcome to participate (email [email protected] for the registration link).

The Orientation Days are held on campus. However, it is possible to follow some parts of the programme remotely as well. If you are not in the Helsinki region during the Orientation, but would like a chance to follow the presentations online, please email us at [email protected].

Programme January 2024

Day I: Monday 15.1.2024 9:30-16:45, Jeti, A Grid, Otakaari 5
+ social programme

9:30-11:00 Starting your doctoral studies: Welcome by the University leadership and essential information related to your studies.
11:00-12:30 Tutor groups meet*, lunch (self-paid)
12:30-14:00 Schools’ programme
14:15-16:45 Practicalities and experiences: presenting services and communities for doctoral students & panel discussion of recently graduated Doctors
17:00 Social programme with doctoral researcher association Aallonhuiput on campus

Day II: Tuesday 16.1.2024 9:15-12:00, Jeti, A Grid, Otakaari 5

9:15-10:00 Newcomers: information on Moving to Finland by Aalto HR & introduction to Finland, Helsinki & Espoo
10:15-12:00 Research services for doctoral students
12:00- Tutor groups meet*, lunch (self-paid)

* For students who have registered to participate in the tutor group programme

Detailed programme in PDF format

Doctoral student study guide

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Beginning your doctoral studies

Doctoral students at the beginning of studies: information on arrival, doctoral personal study plan, curriculum and financing etc.

Doctoral education
Two doctoral students, one working with a laptop and one with pen on paper, both with imaginary doctoral hats floating above their heads.

During your doctoral studies

Doctoral students throughout their studies: information on thesis writing, research work, supervision and mobility etc.

Doctoral education
Drawing of two doctoral students each holding a paper, with doctor's hats shining on their heads.

Finalising your doctoral studies

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

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Orientation presentations and materials

You may find a lot of additional material in the MyCourses page of the orientation and the presentations will be uploaded there too.

Orientation materials in MyCourses

Contact information

Doctoral education Services
[email protected] 

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