Doctoral education

Doctoral student wellbeing and support

The wellbeing of doctoral students and their ability to progress in their studies according to their plans is important to us. Aalto University offers support and services to boost your wellbeing and study skills, and has a code of conduct for the whole community to adhere to. The progress of studies and research is followed and supported in various ways.
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Services for doctoral students

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Study and career counselling psychologist services for doctoral students

The study and career counselling psychologists support doctoral students on their doctoral journey.

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Support for challenges during your doctoral studies

Support network and help for harassment or other type of challenging situations

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Ombudspersons for doctoral students

Confidential contact persons for doctoral students wishing to discuss with a professor with experience in academic practices

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Join us for guided studying and pick up tips for more effective work during Pomodoro sessions!

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Develop your study skills


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.

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Groups, workshops and online materials for supporting wellbeing and study ability

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.

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Yearly follow-up of doctoral students

Doctoral students at Aalto University answer a follow-up survey of the progress of their doctoral studies and research yearly.

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Guidance and support

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Where to get guidance and support?

Guidance and support for study planning, study wellbeing, and career reflections for Aalto students.

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Starting Point of Wellbeing

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.

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Individual study arrangements

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.

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Support in cases of harassment

Support in cases of harassment for students

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Support for Studying

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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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Doctoral page index

Index of all pages about doctoral education

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