Aalto Doctoral Programme in Business, Economics and Finance

Planning your studies

Doctoral personal study plan (DPSP)

The doctoral personal study plan (DPSP) is a tool for planning and scheduling your activities and resourses in order to complete your studies and reseach, and to graduate towards the career you aim at. It is also a tool for discussing your plans with your supervising professor and for agreeing about the supervision and advising that you need.

DPSP consists of the following documents:

  1. Credit plan (Sisu)
  2. Research plan
  3. Supervision plan
  4. Financing plan
  5. Career plan

Update your DPSP when necessary. We recommend you to go through your plan with your supervising professor at least once a year.

You will need an official confirmation for your DSPS at least twice during your studies: at the beginning and before pre-examination. In between, you should confirm your DPSP e.g. if:

  • Your supervising professor, advisor(s), research topic or research field changes
  • Your funding situation changes significantly
  • You are taking courses in other universities.

If you were requested to submit some of the DPSP documents as part of your study right application, you may use the same documents as a basis for your DPSP to be confirmed at the start of your studies.

Individual studies (custom course credit)

In addition to courses, doctoral studies often comprise of credits completed individually, e.g. through conference presentations, summer/winter schools, publications/productions (not included in your thesis), literature reviews on reading packages etc. Such custom course credits are always approved and granted by your supervising professor.


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