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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Science

The Doctoral Programme in Science is a multidisciplinary programme with a unique combination of science, technology and business. The research done is committed to high standards of international excellence and the aim is to educate doctoral candidates in different research fields to tackle increasingly complex societal challenges in areas such as energy, environment, health and well-being. The doctoral programme offers a four-year doctoral programme in physics, mathematics, biomedical engineering, computer science or industrial engineering and management

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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 Science

Tuition fees:

Objectives of studies

Doctors graduating from this programme are equipped with professional skills and knowledge required for demanding academic research and teaching positions and are trained for expert, development and management positions of the information society. The departments, which are in charge of the doctoral programme’s education and research at the School of Science, offer research fields that are based on strong research traditions and research at the highest international level. The Centres of Excellence in Research at the departments of the School of Science are designated by the Academy of Finland. The School of Science is also very active in various national and international doctoral education networks.

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

Doctoral education at the School of Science 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 research work conducted in a robust and dynamic research environment. The theoretical studies that support the research work are tailored individually to suit the different needs of each doctoral candidate. The dissertations of the School of Science are of very high quality and often contain articles published in journals of the highest international level. Full-time doctoral candidates can complete the doctoral degree in four years.

Aalto Doctoral Programme in Science offers the degree of Doctor of Science (Technology) in one of the following departments and their research fields: Department of Applied Physics, Department of Computer Science, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis and Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering.

Study language

The language of instruction is, in principle, English but the doctoral dissertation can also be completed in Finnish or Swedish.

International possibilities

Internationality is an integral part of the School’s doctoral education in both recruiting and educating doctoral candidates. The School of Science is well connected with several top-level universities and research institutes in its field.

Aalto University encourages its doctoral candidates to spend at least six months of their study time abroad because international mobility enhances doctoral candidates’ career possibilities. Visiting a foreign university or research institute often means sharing knowledge and know-how, creating new ideas, expanding international networks, and developing one’s professional skills.

Multidisciplinary opportunities

The doctoral education networks collaborate through seminars, courses, summer schools and events as well as promote networking, increasing peer support among doctoral candidates.

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Financing your studies

The most talented doctoral candidates may receive funding from their department, or they may fund their studies through projects or grants. The financing of studies should be discussed with the supervising professor.

How to apply?

Full-time doctoral studies

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

Full-time doctoral students plan their studies with the aim of completing a doctoral degree within four years of the admission to the doctoral programme. Full-time doctoral students need to have funding allocated to doctoral studies (e.g. project funding, personal grant or funding from employer). Those working outside Aalto University who wish to be full-time doctoral students must provide a document indicating the employers' approval for full-time doctoral studies (80 % of their working hours can be dedicated to doctoral studies).

Part-time doctoral studies

Applicants applying study right for part-time doctoral studies in Doctoral Programme in Science can apply only twice a year, in March and in September.

March: The application time for part-time doctoral studies is 2.-23.3.2020. The decisions on study rights are made 7.5.2020, which is also the date when the study right starts.

September: The application time for part-time doctoral studies is 1.-21.9.2020. The decisions on study rights are made 13.11.2019, which is also the date when the study right starts.

Part-time doctoral students are those who do not meet the above-mentioned requirements for full-time doctoral students. Their studies are planned in such a way that the time spent on doctoral studies is eight years or less. A part-time doctoral student typically has a main occupation outside the School of Science which does not include scientific research for doctoral dissertation.

Applicants of part-time doctoral studies should discuss whether the research is closely connected with the applicant’s own work and what opportunities the employer has for supporting intensive postgraduate studying e.g. by side of work.

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 Science.

How to apply for doctoral studies?

Doctoral candidates at Aalto University can pursue the degrees of Doctor of Science (Technology), Doctor of Arts, Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administation), and Doctor of Science (Architecture). The target time for the doctoral degree is four years. The admissions are organised individually by each doctoral program.

How to apply for doctoral studies?

Departments of School of Science

Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis

Our main research areas are algebra and discrete mathematics, analysis, applied mathematics and mechanics, stochastics and statistics, and systems analysis and operations research.

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Department of Applied Physics

The Department of Applied Physics pursues vigorous research in physical sciences and creates important industrial applications that hold great technological potential.

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Department of Computer Science

World-class research and education in modern computer science to foster future science and society.

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Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management studies and drives the transformation of technology-based business.

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Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

We study system-level dynamic functions of the human brain, mind and body.

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Application period open now

Application period will close on 30.6.2020
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