The following is required for an applicant to be approved for doctoral studies:
- Adequate knowledge in his or her confirmed research field, gained through, for example, courses toward the major, courses in an advanced module in master’s studies, or equivalent studies.
- Completing studies that support writing the thesis also require sufficient basic knowledge.
- When necessary, the School of Chemical Engineering will set prerequisites for admission to the doctoral programme, for instance, requiring that credits be earned by taking exams related to master's-level courses.
Required grades in the master´s degree (on the scale 1 - 5)
- Applicants will have earned the master’s degree that the are using as the basis for doctoral studies with an average grade of 3.5 / very good (Aalto University uses the grading scale 1–5); or
- Applicants with a master’s degree earned in accordance with the degree regulations of 1995 must have completed the major studies (minimum 30 ECTS) in the master’s degree used as a basis for doctoral studies with an average grade of 3.5 / 5.
- Applicants will have completed their master’s thesis with a grade of 4.0 / very good (Aalto University uses the grading scale 1–5).
- The same requirements apply to degrees whether they are earned in Finland or abroad.
Students who fail to meet these criteria but are otherwise suitable for doctoral studies may improve their grades by taking additional courses or, alternatively, the school may set prerequisites for doctoral studies. In addition to courses taken at the School of Chemical Engineering, the school may, based on a proposal of the supervising professor of the research field, accept courses taken at other universities.
Full-time and part-time studies
Full-time doctoral students plan their studies with the aim of completing a doctoral degree within four years of the admission to the doctoral programme. Full-time doctoral students need to have funding allocated for the doctoral studies (e.g. project funding, a personal grant or funding from an employer). Students working outside of Aalto University who wish to be full-time doctoral students must provide a document of the employers' approval for full-time doctoral studies (working students must be able to dedicate up to 80% of their working hours).
Part-time doctoral students
Part-time doctoral students are those who do not meet the above-mentioned requirements for full-time doctoral students. Their studies are planned in such a way that the time spent on doctoral studies is eight years or less. A part-time doctoral student typically has a main occupation outside the School of Chemical Engineering which occupation does not include scientific research for the doctoral thesis.
Applicants for part-time doctoral studies should discuss:
- whether the research in the programme is closely connected with the applicant’s own work
- what opportunities the employer has for supporting intensive postgraduate studying e.g. alongside work.