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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering

The Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering comprises 13 research fields. The Programme is a joint effort of the Departments of Electronics and Nanoengineering (ELE), Signal Processing and Acoustics (SPA), Electrical Engineering and Automation (EEA), and Communications and Networking (TLV), as well as the Metsähovi Radio Observatory and Micronova - the Research Centre for Micro- and Nanotechnology. The completion of a doctoral degree equals four years of full-time studies.
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Doctor of Science (Technology)

Application period:

1.8.2020 – 1.6.2021

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 Electrical Engineering

Objectives of studies

Electrical Engineering is a broad multi-disciplinary doctoral programme providing graduates with the ability to work in a variety of fields ranging from traditional electrical engineering and the energy sector to biomedical engineering, robotics and nanotechnology, and communications engineering. Based on mathematical and natural sciences, the curriculum is flexible, allowing each doctoral candidate to compile her/his own combination of courses according to her/his own research interests. The programme covers all disciplines of the School of Electrical Engineering and allows multi-disciplinary co-operation across Aalto University. The main focus of the doctoral degree is on scientific research work. To complete a doctoral degree, the student must produce and publish a doctoral thesis as well as defend it at a public examination.

Structure of degree

The Doctor of Science (Technology) degree consists of

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

Content of studies

Doctoral education at the School of Electrical Engineering is based on vigorous basic research, forming a strong basis for teaching as well as for development and innovation. The most important part of the education is the research work, which is conducted in a robust and dynamic research milieu. The theoretical studies that support the research work are tailored individually to suit the different needs of each doctoral student.

Full-time students should complete the doctoral degree in four years.

Study language

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

Language of the degree

The applicants will define in their application in which language they will pursue the degree. The possible languages are Finnish, Swedish, or English. If doctoral candidates want to write their doctoral thesis in Finnish or in Swedish, the language of the degree will be Finnish or Swedish. If the doctoral thesis is written in English, doctoral candidates can choose English as the language of the degree that must be approved by the doctoral programme committee. The language of degree can, on reasonable grounds, be changed at a later stage if the language of the doctoral thesis changes.

Full-time and part-time studies

All doctoral students are defined as either full-time or part-time students. Doctoral students may not change their study mode by themselves, but it can be changed by application if necessary.

Full-time doctoral studies

Full-time doctoral students plan their studies with the aim of completing a doctoral degree within four years of their admission to the doctoral programme. Full-time doctoral students need to have funding allocated for the doctoral studies for at least the first 6 months (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 their employers' approval for full-time doctoral studies (80% of their working hours must be dedicated to doctoral studies).

Part-time doctoral studies

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 will last longer than four years, but no more than eight years. A part-time doctoral student typically has a main occupation outside the School of Engineering, which occupation does not include scientific research for the doctoral thesis.
Applicants for part-time doctoral studies should discuss whether the research is closely connected with their own work and what opportunities the employer may have for supporting intensive postgraduate studying e.g. alongside work.

How to apply?

Applicants can apply to the Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering once a month (except July).

Before submitting the application, each applicant must contact a professor in charge of their intended research field to discuss the possible supervision of doctoral studies. Applicants are urged to ensure that their expertise and research interests are commensurate with the research group (and those of the supervising professor of their studies) that they apply to.

Special conditions are still in place for the time being, see more information at (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 Electrical Engineering

Departments of the School of Electrical Engineering

Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering

Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering (ELE) conducts research and arranges related teaching courses in the fields of electromagnetics, micro and nanotechnology, radio engineering, and space technology.

Aalto University / Aalto satellite / photo: Mikko Raskinen

Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics

The Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics (SPA) combines competence in different areas of research fields varying from ICT technology to core electrical engineering and its basic phenomena.

anechoic chamber aalto university mikko raskinen

Department of Communications and Networking

The Department of Communications and Networking (Comnet), is the largest unit in Finland in its research area.

Aalto University, Aki-Pekka Sinikoski

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation is an ecosystem where scientists and engineers from different fields of microsystems, electrical engineering and automation work together to solve the most challenging scientific problems.


The application period is open until 1.6.2021 15:00 (UTC+3)

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