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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Engineering

The Doctoral Programme in Engineering consists of seven research fields including spatial planning and transportation engineering; real estate economics; geoinformatics; civil engineering, water and environmental engineering; 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:

17 May 2024 – 7 Jun 2024

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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

Choose doctoral studies at the School of Engineering

The research at our school focuses on Arctic technology, sustainable built environments, mechanics and materials, multidisciplinary energy technologies and systems design and production.

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Doctoral student Aino Mäntyranta: Materials stole my heart during my undergraduate degree

Aino Mäntyranta’s interest in engineering materials led her to win an award for her master’s thesis and to pursue a career in research.

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What are doctoral studies like?

As a doctoral student, you are part of an international academic community. The doctoral research and studies develop you into an expert of your research topic and build your professional capacity.

Doctoral education
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Doctoral education pilot

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Your path to doctoral studies at the School of Engineering

  1. You need to have a supervising professor who is willing to supervise your doctoral studies, and to ensure that your expertise and research interests align with those of the research group. There are several possibilities to accomplish this step: 
    • Apply for a salaried doctoral researcher position at Aalto. Salaried doctoral researcher positions are advertised at Aalto University Open positions.
    • If you are interested in full-time studies but there are no open positions at the moment, please directly contact a professor in charge of your intended research field to discuss the possible supervision of doctoral studies. Professors may also have information on other funding possibilities (such as grants), as well as on upcoming positions that are not yet announced.
    • If you are employed elsewhere but wish to pursue doctoral studies, that is possible either as a full-time or part-time student, depending on your situation. In this case, please contact the potential supervising professor directly. Note that to pursue the degree, you need to reside in Finland at least part of the study time.
    • It is also possible to start pursuing doctoral studies without funding (part-time doctoral studies). In this case, please contact the potential supervising professor directly. Note that to pursue the degree, you need to reside in Finland at least part of the study time. Non-Finnish citizens need therefore to take into account the income requirements of the Finnish Immigration Service. 
  2. After agreeing with the supervising professor, apply for the study right (in addition to a possible working contract at Aalto) in our doctoral programme - see instructions below. Please note that you are not a doctoral student before you are officially admitted to the doctoral programme.

Note: Before applying for the salaried positions and/or contacting the potential supervising professor(s), please check below the requirements and qualifications needed for applying for the study right in our doctoral programme.

Discover your research topic and find a supervising professor

Research activities at the departments are arranged under research groups. If your research interest aligns with one of the research groups, it will be easier to find a doctoral study place.

Find research groups under our Department pages 

Research fields and supervising professors in the School of Engineering

In addition to the departments' and research groups' pages, you can use Aalto University's research portal for finding the professors who are researching the area in which you want to do your doctoral research. Before applying for doctoral studies you should be aware of the research done and researchers working in the field of your interest.

Aalto University's research portal for finding our researchers and research projects

More information on discovering your research topic and finding a professor

Get to know our research and people

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Basic information on doctoral studies

How to apply?

Application periods

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

The spring application period for doctoral studies starting in the spring term is 15 February 2024 until 7 March 2024 (15:00 PM GMT +2) (decisions are made in April).
The autumn application period for doctoral studies starting in the autumn term is 22 August 2024 until 12 September 2024 (15:00 PM GMT +2) (decisions are made in October).

Additional application periods in 2024: 17 May 2024 until 7 June 2024 (23.59 PM GMT +2) and 15 November 2024 until 5 December 2024 (23.59 PM GMT +2)

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.

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.

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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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