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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Engineering

The Doctoral Programme in Engineering consists of eight 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: the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Civil Engineering, and the Department of Built Environment.
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Doctor of Science (Technology)

Application period:

1.9.2021 – 20.9.2021

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 Engineering

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:

  • To acquire a profound knowledge of their research field and its social significance;
  • To obtain the necessary skills to independently apply the scientific methods of their field and produce new scientific knowledge;
  • To obtain a thorough knowledge of the research methods and development of their research field;
  • To possess a sufficient level of expertise in the philosophy of engineering and other areas related to their research field.

Structure of degree

The Doctor of Science (Technology) degree consists of

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

Content of studies

Doctoral candidates are to complete their degree in four years of full-time study, during which they complete the required doctoral studies and write a doctoral thesis 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.

Study language

The language of instruction is, in principle, English but the doctoral thesis 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.

Autumn application deadline: 1 September until 15.00 (EET) on 20 September, 2021 (decisions are made 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.

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

Although special conditions are in place for the time being, Aalto University is gradually reopening the Otaniemi campus, according to safety guidelines. 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 any questions about the admissions, please contact the Learning Services of the Doctoral Programme in Engineering

Get to know us – The Departments of the School of Engineering

Supervising professors for the research fields of the doctoral programme are listed here.

Research machine surfing on the ice at the Aalto Ice Tank.

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.

Researcher at the Department of Civil Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering

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

Students and teaching staff at the Aalto University Environmental Hydraulics Lab

Department of Built Environment

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

The application period is open until 20.9.2021 15:00 (UTC+3)

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