Doctoral student wellbeing and support
Services for doctoral students
Develop your study skills
Study skills consist of a number of areas, such as the management of study methods, self-management, acting in a community and regulation of personal emotions. Study skills are something you can learn, and these pages include ideas for developing your skills as well as links for sources of additional information.
This page has groups, workshops and online (MyCourses) material organised by Aalto in the area of well-being. The groups and workshops are conducted in Finnish or English.
Follow-up of doctoral students
Doctoral students' progress is followed and supported by their supervising professor. You should have a discussion with your supervising professor about your plans (Doctoral personal study plan, DPSP) at least once a year, preferably more often.
All doctoral students can check their status and get guidance and instructions by answering a follow-up survey of the progress of their doctoral studies and research. The survey is done yearly and will give you instructions and information tailored to your situation, based on your answers. You will also be contacted personally after the survey, if you so wish.
Some doctoral programmes or research fields also organise midterm reviews or advisory boards for their students to follow and support their progress.
Guidance and support
The Starting Point of Wellbeing offers students easy access to counselling and advice on matters of well-being and study ability. The services available to you include drop-in (no reservation) advising/counselling sessions, peer support groups, and online materials. You can also make an appointment to receive individual counselling.
Each Aalto student has a right to receive reasonable individual study arrangements for medical reasons. A medical reason may be dyslexia, a sensory impairment, mental health condition or learning difficulty. Individual study arrangements should not be seen as a reason to stop aiming for the set learning outcomes. Instead, they are a way of supporting the student in attaining the learning outcomes.
Examples of individual study arrangements include additional time for examinations (1 hour at Aalto), a private space or computer for examinations, or adjusted schedules.
Doctoral Wellbeing Experience Survey
The Cross-Country Doctoral Experience survey was launched at Aalto University in November 2019. The survey focuses on doctoral students' well-being and factors contributing to it. It has been carried out across seven European countries.