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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Science

The Doctoral Programme offers a four-year doctoral programme in physics, mathematics, neuroscience and biomedical engineering, computer science or industrial engineering and management.
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The Doctoral Programme in Science is a multidisciplinary programme with a unique combination of science, technology and business. The research done is committed to high standards of international excellence and the aim is to educate doctors in different research fields to tackle increasingly complex societal challenges in areas such as energy, environment, health and well-being. Multidisciplinary research work and collaboration within and outside Aalto University is highly valued.

Doctoral candidates graduating from this programme are equipped with professional skills and knowledge required for demanding academic research and teaching positions and are trained for expert, development and management positions of the information society. The departments, which are in charge of the doctoral programme’s education and research at the School of Science, offer research fields that are based on strong research traditions and research at the highest international level. The Centres of Excellence in Research at the departments of the School of Science are designated by the Academy of Finland. The School of Science is also very active in various national and international doctoral education networks.

Structure of degree

The Doctor of Science (Tech) degree consists of theoretical studies (40 ECTS), general research studies (5-20 ECTS), research field studies (20-35 ECTS) and a doctoral dissertation which means four years of full-time studies.

Content of studies

Doctoral education at the School of Science is based on vigorous basic research that forms a strong basis for teaching and both development and innovation activities. The most important part of the education is research work conducted in a robust and dynamic research environment. Theoretical studies that support the research work are tailored individually to suit the different needs of each doctoral candidate. The dissertations of the School of Science are of very high quality and often contain articles published in journals of the highest international level. Full-time doctoral candidates can complete the doctoral degree in four years.

Aalto Doctoral Programme in Science offers the degree of Doctor of Science (Technology) in one of the following departments and their research fields: Department of Applied Physics, Department of Computer Science, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis and Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering.

Contact us

In case of programme-specific questions, please contact the Learning Services of the Doctoral Programme in Science.

For any inquiries about admissions and application instructions, you can contact [email protected]

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Departments of School of Science

Department of Applied Physics

The Department of Applied Physics pursues vigorous research in physical sciences and creates important industrial applications that hold great technological potential.

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Department of Computer Science

To foster future science and society.

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Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

We conduct world-class research and education focusing on the creation and transformation of technology-based business.

Kuva: Unto Rautio

Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

We study system-level dynamic functions of the human brain, mind and body.

Illustration of combined TMS and EEG methods

Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis

Our main research areas are algebra and discrete mathematics, analysis, applied mathematics and mechanics, stochastics and statistics, and systems analysis and operations research.

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