Aalto Doctoral Programme in Science
Doctors graduating from Aalto Doctoral Programme in Science have what it takes to serve in demanding academic research and teaching positions and in expert, development and management positions of the information society. The departments, which are in charge of doctoral education at the School of Science, offer research fields that are based on strong research traditions and research at the highest international level. At the moment there are four Centres of Excellence in Research at the departments of the School of Science designated by the Academy of Finland. The School of Science is also very active in the national Doctoral Education Networks.
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.
Graduate as doctor in four years
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 writing the dissertation in a strong research milieu. The theoretical studies that support the thesis work are tailored individually to suit the different needs of each doctoral student. The dissertations of the School of Science are of very high quality and often contain articles published in publications of the highest international level.
Full-time students can complete the doctoral degree in four years. The most talented students may apply for funding from their department or they may fund their studies through projects. The students should discuss funding primarily with their supervising professor.
International studying environment
Internationality is an integral part of the School’s doctoral education in both recruiting and educating doctoral students. The School of Science is well connected with several top-level universities and research institutes in its field.
Aalto University encourages its doctoral students to spend at least six months of their study time abroad. International mobility enhances doctoral students’ career possibilities. Visiting a foreign university or research institute often means sharing knowledge and know-how, creating new ideas, expanding international networks, and developing one’s professional skills.
Working life and doctoral degree
40% of all doctors graduated from Aalto University come from the Aalto Doctoral Programme in Science. Those that have graduated from the Doctoral Programme have positions in the academic world, the public sector or in the industry and commerce.