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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.
Doctoral students in the lab


Doctor of Science (Technology)

Application period:

1.9.2022 – 20.9.2022

Language of instruction:



4 years, full-time


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


Organising school:

School of Chemical Engineering

The application period will open 1.9.2022 08:00 (UTC+3)

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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 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.

Get to know our doctoral students!

Pingchao Ke in the laboratory with safety gear standing in front of lab equipment smiling

Get to know us: Doctoral student Pingchao Ke

Having an overseas research experience is very important for every researcher.

Taina in lab gear in the laboratoy smiling

Get to know us: Doctoral student Taina Kalliomäki

University of applied science studies before Aalto.

Jere in the laboratory with safety gear holding a bottle

Get to know us: Doctoral student Jere Partinen

Be prepared to face difficulties, but do not let them stop you.


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 (, 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
September 20th late October early 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. The academic terms run from 1 August to 31 December and 1 January to 31 July. The acceptance of a study place is binding and cannot be canceled. Even if the student postpones the commencement of studies or gives up her/his right to study, the student cannot accept another study place leading to a higher education degree starting the same academic term.

Applicant must submit the electronic application and all required attachments within the deadline. Application period will start on 1 September 2022 at 8.00 (GMT+3). Application period ends 20 September 2022 at 15.00 (GMT+3). Only complete applications will be processed. Link to the application form. 

Although special conditions are in place for the time being, Aalto University is working according to safety guidelines. The new policies enter into force on Thursday 14 May 2020, more information from (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. 


Contact us

If you have any programme-specific inquiries or questions about admissions and application instructions, please contact [email protected]

The Departments of the School of Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Sustainable future with high performance products

Researchers in the lab

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

Enabling bio and circular economy

 Simone Haslinger and Sherif Elsayed in the laboratory

Research infrastructure

We develop local and global networks

Image from the Aalto Bioproduct centre

The application period will open 1.9.2022 08:00 (UTC+3)

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