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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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Doctor of Science (Technology)

Application period:

7.1.2020 - 23.3.2020

Language of instruction:




Relevant master's degree awarded by university or university of applied sciences degree, or corresponding degree completed abroad

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering


Organising school:

School of Chemical Engineering

Tuition fees:

Objectives of studies

Doctoral candidiates graduating from this programme are equipped with professional skills and knowledge required for demanding academic research and teaching positions and are trained for 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 that the student

  • acquires profound knowledge of his or her research field and its social significance, obtaining the necessary skills to independently apply the scientific methods of the respective field and produce new scientific knowledge;
  • obtains thorough knowledge of the development and research methods of his or her research field;
  • possess a sufficient level of expertise in the theory of science and other fields related to his or her research field.

Structure of degree

The Doctor of Science (Technology) degree consists of an approved doctoral dissertation and theoretical studies (40 ECTS), comprising two modules: scientific principles and practices studies (5-20 ECTS) as well as research field studies (20-35 ECTS). The completion of a 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 research results and publishing in peer-reviewed journal series. In a nutshell, the goal of doctoral education is 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 dissertations in the field of technology are available online. The doctoral programme has its own pages.

Doctoral education at the School of Chemical Engineering resembles an apprenticeship because the research work is conducted in close collaboration with your thesis advisor(s) and supervising professor. You will spend 3-4 years working intensively on a specific research topic, and completing your intellectual piece of work, i.e. doctoral dissertation. Along the road, you will participate in theory courses, seminars, and research collaboration activities and other departmental tasks 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.

International possibilities

Internationality 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 with several top-level universities and research institutes in its field.

Aalto University encourages its doctoral candidates to spend at least six months of their study time abroad because international mobility enhances doctoral candidates’ career possibilities. 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 late April and applications submitted in September will be evaluated in October. Final decision will be made in early May or, respectively, early November if all documents have been submitted in time. After decision has been made, the student must accept the study place via the application platform (eAge), otherwise we cannot proceed with the study right registration. Please note that a study right can be applied for only in March and in September.

Deadline Committee meeting Decision on study rights
23 March 22 April Early May

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. Only complete applications will be processed.

Contact us

If there are open questions about the admissions and applying instructions, you can reach out to [email protected]

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

Departments of 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.

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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.

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Research infrastructure

Research Infrastructure at School of Chemical Engineering belong to either Bioeconomy RI or RAMI RI.

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

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Application period will close on 23.3.2020
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