Six doctoral programmes
Aalto University has altogether six doctoral programmes: four doctoral programmes leading to the degree of Doctor of Science (Technology), one leading to the Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration) degree and one leading to either the degree of Doctor of Arts (Art and Design) or Doctor of Science (Architecture). Each doctoral programme consists of multiple research fields for doctoral research. The university encourages its doctoral students to explore also multidisciplinary research topics as well as to deepen their language and generic skills during the studies.
The practicalities of applying for doctoral studies vary by school. The schools of technology usually have salaried positions open for doctoral students. Those who are selected for such positions can apply for a right to study in the school’s doctoral programme. The School of Arts, Design and Architecture and the School of Business both have one application period each year for their doctoral programmes.
Doctoral education is valuable in the world of work
45 percent of doctoral students aim for an academic career. The rest plan to work in companies or in the public sector or as entrepreneurs. (Doctoral Graduate Survey 2022)
Three years after graduation, one half of doctoral graduates are working as researchers, while one in four are in planning and development duties. 40% of graduates work in companies and one third at universities. As many as 3/4 are in expert positions. (Career monitoring survey 2022)