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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering

The Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering comprises 24 research fields. The Programme is a joint effort of the Departments of Electronics and Nanoengineering (ELE), Signal Processing and Acoustics (SA), 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.
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Doctor of Science (Technology)

Application period:

1.1.2020 - 30.6.2020

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 Electrical Engineering

Tuition fees:

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 energy sector to biomedical engineering, robotics and nanotechnology and further to 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, a student must produce and publish a doctoral dissertation as well as defend it at a public examination.

Structure of degree

The Doctor of Science (Technology) degree consists of

  1. an approved doctoral dissertation
  2. theoretical studies (40 ECTS), comprising two modules:
    1. scientific principles and practices studies (5-20 ECTS)
    2. research field studies (20-35 ECTS).

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

Content of studies

Doctoral education at the School of Electrical Engineering is based on vigorous basic research that forms a strong basis for teaching and both development and innovation activities. The most important part of the education is the research work 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 dissertation can also be completed in Finnish or Swedish.

How to apply?

Applicants applying for full-time doctoral studies can apply to the Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering once a month (except July).

Please note that from 1 August 2016 onwards the accepted applicants 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 accepted applicant postpones the commencement of studies or gives up her/his right to study, she or he cannot accept another study place leading to a higher education degree starting the same academic term.

Application is submitted online by using the service. Incomplete applications will be rejected. Applicant can supplement the application during the application period and if the application is still incomplete supplement is requested.

Please read the instructions carefully before filling in the online application form. After reading the instructions and having all the documents ready, register to the online application system, fill in the application form, attach all the required documents and submit it. You can update the application online during the application period.

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 Electrical Engineering

Departments of the School of Electrical Engineering

Aalto University / Aalto satellite / photo: Mikko Raskinen

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.

Soundproofed wall in an anechoic chamber at the Aalto University Acoustic Lab Facilities

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.

Aalto University, Aki-Pekka Sinikoski

Department of Communications and Networking

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

Application period open now

Application period will close on 30.6.2020
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