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Doctoral programmes

Aalto University prepares doctoral candidates to become highly qualified researchers and experts in most demanding positions. Doctoral education is carried out in a unique multidisciplinary international scientific community. More than 250 doctors graduate every year.
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The key element in doctoral training is the relationship between supervisor and the doctoral candidate. High quality field based education and customized transferable skills training together with network-building ensure that the doctoral candidates’ scientific qualifications develop along with their individually oriented proficiency for worklife skills. The University also provides career guidance and mentoring.

Doctoral programmes

 Doctoral education is offered in six doctoral programmes

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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Arts, Design and Architecture

The Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture offers an international doctoral programme for those seeking careers in art, design, film, media or architecture. The special feature of the programme is that the dissertation can also include art or design productions.

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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering

The Aalto Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering comprises 7 research fields which focus on forest products technologies, chemical engineering, industrial biotechnology, materials science and nanotechnology, metals and minerals processing and energy technology. The Departments of Bioproducts and Biosystems (Bio2), Chemical and Metallurgical, Chemistry and Materials Science are jointly responsible for the programme.

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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Science

The Doctoral Programme offers a four-year doctoral programme in physics, mathematics, biomedical engineering, computer science or industrial engineering and management.

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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Engineering

The Doctoral Programme in Engineering consists of 8 research fields including spatial planning and transportation engineering, real estate economics, geoinformatics, civil engineering, water and environmental engineering, technology education, mechanical engineering and energy technology.

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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering

The focus of the school’s research activities is on the development of key technologies and the research problems posed by great societal challenges.

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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Business, Economics and Finance

Aalto Doctoral Programme in Business, Economics and Finance is a four-year, English-language doctoral programme with three specialization areas: Business, Economics and Finance.

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Companies need PhDs - from core competence to mastering a big picture

Doctoral studies pave the way for self-development and research geared toward solving practical problems. What companies get out of PhDs are multidisciplinary experts who are not afraid to tackle major challenges.

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How to apply for doctoral studies?

Doctoral candidates at Aalto University can pursue the degrees of Doctor of Science (Technology), Doctor of Arts (Art and Design), Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administation), and Doctor of Science (Architecture). The target time for the doctoral degree is four years. The admissions are organised individually by each doctoral programme.

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Being a doctoral student at Aalto

All you need to know about your doctoral research journey at Aalto University

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Doctoral theses

Aalto university doctoral theses are published open in Aaltodoc publication archive. The majority of the theses are article based theses including several publications in referred international journals. Monographs are accepted, too. In the field of art and design, a thesis may also include artistic components like an art production or a series of art productions connected to each other.

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Networking for PhDs

Aalto University is actively networking nationally and internationally and the department professors have excellent individual contacts worldwide. This provides the doctoral candidates various possibilities to get contacts and peer support. The university has several international thematic doctoral programmes running under the six Aalto doctoral programmes.

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Doctoral Education Services

Doctoral Education Services team is part of Learning Services.

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Learning Services

Aalto University Learning Services (LES) is responsible for all services which facilitate the smooth progression of studies at the university.

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