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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Engineering

The Doctoral Programme in Engineering consists of 8 research fields including spatial planning and transportation engineering, real estate economics, geoinformatics, civil engineering, water and environmental engineering, technology education, mechanical engineering and energy technology. Doctoral studies are available at all the departments of the School of Engineering: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Built Environment.
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Doctor of Science (Technology)

Application period:

2.3.2020 - 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 Engineering

Tuition fees:

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Objective of studies

The goal of our doctoral education is not only to educate researchers and professors of the future but also to equip them with professional skills so that they can become experts and game-changers in the engineering industry and other sectors.

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;
  • acquires thorough knowledge of the development, basic problems and research methods of his or her research field; and
  • possess a sufficient level of expertise in the theory of engineering 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 goal is that the doctoral candidates complete their degree in four years of full-time study, during which they complete the required doctoral studies and write a doctoral dissertation that will be examined in a public defence. For this timescale to be feasible, the workload of the degree should be proportionate to the objective duration of studies. This will be taken into account in the course of the supervision of the doctoral candidate. 

To be awarded a doctoral degree, students are required to

  1. complete the theoretical studies (40 ECTS);
  2. demonstrate independent and critical thinking in relation to their field of research;
  3. produce a doctoral dissertation and defend it in public. A doctoral dissertation should contribute to new scientific knowledge.

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?

Application periods

There are two annual application periods for the programme: one in September and another in March.

March 2 - 23, 2020 3 pm (GMT +2) (decisions in April)

September 1 - 21, 2020 3 pm (GMT +2) (decisions in October)

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.

Applicant must submit the electronic application and all required attachments within the deadline. Only complete applications will be processed.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the admissions, please contact the Student Services of the Doctoral Programme in Engineering

Get to know us - Departments of the School of Engineering

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Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is a leading multidisciplinary research establishment with strong industrial ties and impact on industry and society alike.

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Department of Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering aims to build the structures of tomorrow through research, education and collaboration.

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Department of Built Environment

Water resources, spatial data, sustainable asset management and safe transportation.

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