Please submit your application for doctoral studies by filling in the electronic application form. All the application materials must be submitted in electronic format (pdf). Also see the instructions for mailing the degree certificates and transcripts*.
The mailing address for degree certificates and transcripts of records is:
School of Engineering
P. O. Box 15200
If you deliver your documents by hand (please, make an appointment beforehand) or use courier services, please use the following address:
Reetta Mannola or Ritva Viero
School of Engineering
[email protected] or [email protected]
Incomplete applications will not be processed. Therefore, start to prepare your application early enough.
The study plan, research plan and supervision plan need to be approved by the applicant and the supervising professor. By signing these documents, the professor responsible for the research field confirms his or her commitment to be the supervising professor of the applicant.
Students who have earned a master's degree at Aalto University (or the forerunners of Aalto University) are required to provide the following application materials:
- Application form in the Studyinfo.fi
- A curriculum vitae (CV) that includes a list of publications and other scientific activity
- Preliminary study plan (form 302, in PDF) (the supervising professor's signature is needed). Please use the abbreviation D for doctoral level courses provided by Aalto University.
- Preliminary research proposal (PDF) (Guidelines for writing a research proposal (PDF) and schedule for its completion. The proposal must include the signature of the applicant and the professor in charge of the research field applied for.
Full-time doctoral candidates should prepare their research and publishing proposal for a midterm review (after 1½-2 years of doctoral studies). This means, for example, completing all courses (40 ECTS) and developing the research and publishing proposal according to the plan.
- Funding plan; alternatively, it can be included in the research proposal. Indicate the start and ending of secured funding time and describe your funding sources (scholarships, projects etc.).
- Supervision plan (Guidelines for supervising doctoral candidates). The supervision plan must include the signatures of the applicant, the supervising professor, and the thesis advisor.
- Statement of the supervising professor confirming the applicant's aptitude for doctoral studies
- Motivation letter in English, one page long
- Copy of the applicant's passport or ID-card
- Any other supporting documents e.g. letter(s) of recommendations
Applicants with a master's degree or education earned at an institution other than Aalto University (or the forerunners of Aalto University) shall also provide the following documents:
- Master’s and bachelor's degree certificate or a certified copy, and official transcript*
- master's and bachelor's degree certificate, including all the appendices and the Diploma Supplement in European countries
- Official transcripts of records of all the courses included in the master’s or bachelor's degree
- Official translations of these, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish, or English.
- Please upload these as scanned copies to the electronic application form on Studyinfo.fi and mail them to the address above, too.
- Abstract of master's thesis in English
- Proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English
- A successful applicant must have an excellent command of Finnish, Swedish, or English.
- Please see Required language proficiency
- If the applicant is working at the department or if the applicant applies for full-time doctoral studies, the supervising professor may write a statement of recommendation that the applicant has sufficient language skills. If the professor writes a statement of recommendation, no language test is required.
- A document confirming eligibility for doctoral studies, if needed (please see Eligibility for doctoral studies) with an official translation, if the original document is not in Finnish, Swedish or English
- Please also see the country-specific requirements if the degree is awarded in:
Australia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan, the United Kingdom or the United States.
*Degrees awarded by a higher education institution outside Finland:
You are asked to present your original degree certificate (including all the appendices and the Diploma Supplement in European countries) and official transcript of records, or certified copies of all these* before a right to study can be granted. You are asked also to present official translations* of these, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English.
*Degrees awarded by a higher education institution in Finland:
If you have completed a degree in Finland after 1 January 2003 and you have a Finnish personal identification code, Aalto University will verify your degree electronically using a national database.
If your degree was completed before 1 January 2003, or you do not have a Finnish personal identification code, you are asked to present your original degree certificate (including all the appendices and the Diploma Supplement in European countries) and official transcript of records or certified copies of all these* before a right to study can be granted.
*Certified copies and translations
Copies of degree certificates and a transcript of records must be certified by the awarding university or by a notary public. The copies must be taken from the original, official documents. A multiple-page certified copy must be certified on the front side of every page. Each page must have the certifying official’s original signature, printed name, ink stamp and date. Copies of officially certified copies are not accepted, the certifying official’s ink stamps and signatures must be original. A note declaring official copy status (such as a “True copy” stamp) is insufficient.
The translation is official if it has been done by the higher education institution that awarded the degree or by a certified translator (authorised translator). The translations must have the certified translator’s original ink stamp and signature.
The official translations must be either original or certified paper copies of the original documents. Unofficial copies of the translations are insufficient. The official translations must be accompanied by certified paper copies of the original documents in the original language. Translations by themselves are insufficient.
Supervising professors for the research fields of the doctoral programme are listed here.