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:

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Fabric

Arts, Design and Architecture

We offer doctoral education in multidisciplinary, international environment in the areas of architecture, art, design, media, film and scenography. The dissertations may include art productions or product development projects.

Aalto-yliopisto Kauppakorkeakoulu / Aki-Pekka Sinikoski

Business, Economics and Finance

We offer a doctoral programme for those seeking academic careers or high level positions in business. The programme is highly international and the doctoral candidates have the possibility of completing part of their studies abroad.

Department of Chemistry and Materials Science Aalto University

Chemical Engineering

The Doctoral Programme trains Doctors of Science (Technology), skilled in independent research work, for positions in academic and business sectors as well as in public administration

Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

The doctoral programme focuses on the development of key technologies and on research problems posed by great societal challenges. Energy, environment and health and well-being are central themes.



The programme educates researchers and future professors as well as experts and game-changers for the engineering industry and other sectors.

Materials Science


The focus areas of the programme are physics, mathematics, biomedical engineering, computer science, and industrial engineering. Graduates are prepared for demanding academic research and expert positions in development and management.

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How to apply for doctoral studies?

Doctoral candidates at Aalto University can take the degrees of Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration), Doctor of Arts (Art and Design) and Doctor of Science (Technology/Architecture). The admissions are organised individually by each doctoral program.

Eligibility and selection criteria


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Learning outcomes in doctoral studies

Graduated doctors have the capability to work in a multidisciplinary and international environment together with various actors. They have the capability to lead things and / or people. They have the ability to search and apply knowledge and the ability to use scientific research methods and to create new scientific knowledge.

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Doctoral dissertations

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

See the doctoral dissertations here!



Aalto University is actively networking nationally and internationally. This provides the doctoral candidates various possibilities to create contacts and get peer support. The university has several international thematic doctoral programmes running under the six Aalto doctoral programmes. The university also offers the doctoral candidates possibilities for individual international co-supervision under a Cotutelle agreement with partner universities.

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