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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Science

The goal of the programme is to train doctors in physics, mathematics, biomedical engineering, computer science and industrial engineering and management to serve in the academic world, public sector and industry and commerce.
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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 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 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 the research work conducted in a strong research milieu. The theoretical studies that support the research 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 doctoral candidates can complete the doctoral degree in four years. The most talented doctoral candidates may receive funding from their department or they may fund their studies through projects or grants. 

International studying environment

Internationality is an integral part of the School’s doctoral education in both recruiting and educating doctoral candidates. The School of Science is well connected with several top-level universities and research institutes in its field.

Aalto University encourages its doctoral candidates to spend at least six months of their study time abroad. International mobility enhances doctoral candidates’ 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

Doctors graduating from the doctoral programme have gained the skills required for serving in demanding academic research and teaching positions and to act in expert, development and management positions of the information society.  Our graduates have positions mostly in the academic world, the public sector or in the industry and commerce. 

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