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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.
Tohtoriksi valmistunut nainen vastaanottamassa päähänsä mustaa tohtorinhattua promootiossa.

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 which are described in full detail at Into portal:

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Fabric

Doctoral Programme in 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

Doctoral Programme in 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.

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Doctoral Programme in 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

Doctoral Programme in 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.

Person in a lab coat is coating microbatteries with organic electrodes / Photo by Aalto University, Mikko Räskinen

Doctoral Programme in Engineering

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

Materials Science

Doctoral Programme in Science

The focus areas of the programme are physics, mathematics, biomedical engineering, computer science, and industrial engineering.

How to apply for doctoral studies?

Doctoral candidates at Aalto University can take the degrees of Doctor of Science, Doctor of Arts, and Doctor of Science. The admissions are organised individually by each doctoral program.

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Learning outcomes in doctoral education

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.

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Keskustelua promootiaktin jälkeen. Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto / Adolfo Vera

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. Monographs are accepted, too. 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.

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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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Aalto ELEC Project Gala 8.12.2016

Doctoral Education Services

Doctoral Education Services team by remits and projects. The team is a part of Learning Services.

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Aalto Conferment 2018, Photo: Matti Rajala
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