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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering

The Aalto Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering comprises seven research fields that 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), Chemistry and Material Science, and Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering are jointly responsible for the programme.
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Degree:

Doctor of Science (Technology)

Application period:

1.9.2020 – 21.9.2020

Language of instruction:

Finnish
English
Swedish

Duration:

4 years, full-time

Eligibility:

Relevant master’s degree awarded by a Finnish university or a Finnish university of applied sciences, or a corresponding degree completed abroad

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering

Credits:

Organising school:

School of Chemical Engineering

The application period will open 1.9.2020 08:00 (UTC+3)

Objectives of studies

Doctoral candidates graduating from this programme will be equipped with the professional skills and knowledge required for demanding academic research and teaching positions. They will be trained for the expert, development and management positions of the information society. High-level research is a prerequisite for doctoral studies and research training.

The aim of doctoral studies is for students

  1. to obtain a thorough knowledge of the research methods and development of their research field;
  2. to acquire a profound knowledge of their research field and its social significance; obtain the necessary skills to independently apply the scientific methods of their field and produce new scientific knowledge;
  3. to possess a sufficient level of expertise in the theory of science and other fields related to their research field.

Structure of degree

The Doctor of Science (Technology) degree consists of

  1. an approved doctoral thesis
  2. scientific principles and practices (5-20 ECTS)
  3. research field studies (20-35 ECTS)

The completion of the doctoral degree equals four years of full-time studies.

Content of studies

The main focus of doctoral studies is on research work, the evaluation of one's research results and being published in peer-reviewed journals. In a nutshell, doctoral studies seek to provide doctoral candidates with the capacity to conduct research that produces new knowledge and to gain professional experience as a qualified researcher.

This learning process culminates in a doctoral dissertation and its public defence under the supervision of examiners who are experts in the field of the research. The latest Aalto University doctoral theses in the field of technology are available online. The webpages for the Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering can be found at Into.aalto.fi pages.

Doctoral education at School of Chemical Engineering resembles an apprenticeship in that students conduct their research work in close collaboration with their thesis advisor(s) and supervising professor. As a doctoral candidate, you will spend three to four years working intensively on a specific research topic and completing the written component of your intellectual piece of work, i.e. doctoral thesis. Along the way, you will participate in theory courses, seminars, research collaboration and other departmental activties as well as potentially teach undergraduates.

Study language

The language of instruction is, in principle, English, but the doctoral dissertation can also be completed in Finnish or Swedish.

Financing your studies

Funding should be discussed and planned with the supervising professor or thesis advisor. For employment by research project: see and apply for the open positions at Aalto University.

International possibilities

Internationalisation is an integral part of the school’s doctoral education in both recruiting and educating doctoral candidates. The School of Chemical Engineering is well connected to several top-level universities, research institutes and industrial operators in the field.

Aalto University encourages its doctoral candidates to spend at least six months of their study time abroad as international mobility enhances doctoral candidates’ career opportunities. 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 proficiency.

How to apply?

Applications submitted in March will be evaluated in late April and applications submitted in September will be evaluated in October. The final decision will be made in early May or early November, respectively, if all documents were submitted in time. After the decision has been made, the admitted doctoral candidate must accept the offer of a study place via the application platform (eAge), otherwise we cannot proceed with the study right registration. Please note that a study right that allows admission access can be applied for only in March and in September.

Application deadline Doctoral Programme Committee meeting Right to study is granted
21 September late October November

Please note that from 1 August 2016 onwards students may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term (Universities Act 558/2009).*

*Higher education degrees include bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees awarded by universities as well as degrees from universities of applied sciences.

Applicant must submit the electronic application and all required attachments within the deadline. The electronic application system will open on 1 September. Only complete applications will be processed.

Although special conditions are in place for the time being, Aalto University is gradually reopening the Otaniemi campus, according to safety guidelines. The new policies enter into force on Thursday 14 May, more information from https://www.aalto.fi/en/aalto-university/information-on-coronavirus (if the link doesn't work, you can copy the URL and paste it into your web browser). The policies may be revised if the pandemic situation or official recommendations by the authorities change. 

Our staff is still working remotely and with limited resources. For that reason, be prepared that the processing of applications and granting the right to study might be delayed.

Contact us

If you have questions about admissions and application instructions, you can contact [email protected]

In case of programme-specific questions and inquiries, please contact the Learning Services of the Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering

The Departments of the School of Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

The Department of Chemistry and Materials Science focuses on micro-, nano- and atomic scale engineering of compounds and materials. Our work in these areas encompasses synthesis, characterization and computational research.

Close-up on a pair of hands wearing white rubber gloves, holding a black plastic coaster.

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering's expertise areas are chemical engineering, metals process industry, energy technologies, and new materials production.

Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering's research instrument.

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (Bio2) is at the forefront of forest products technologies and cutting-edge biotechnology.

Two lab students looking at the image from a microscope.

Research infrastructure

Bioeconomy RI and RAMI RI are research infrastructure at School of Chemical Engineering which both are included in the Finnish research infrastructures FIRI roadmap.

Microscope image. Aalto University Bioeconomy Infrastructure. Photo: Adolfo Vera

The application period will open 1.9.2020 08:00 (UTC+3)

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