Application form and its appendices
Only complete applications will be processed. Supplementing the application may delay the processing date.
Electronic application form (Studyinfo.fi)
After reading the instructions and getting all the documents ready, register on the online application system, fill in the application, attach all the required documents and send it.
Required appendices (scanned in pdf form)
- Curriculum vitae (CV) including a list of publications and an account of other scientific activity (example). Remember to update your CV so that the information included does not conflict with your funding source!
- Supervision plan
- Study plan
- Research plan. The applicant can also make a free-form research plan; note that it must be signed by the applicant and the supervising professor. A research plan includes:
- a preliminary research plan
- a schedule for the research
- possibilities for funding the research work (full-time applicants must have acquired funding for at least six months when applying; plans to apply for funding is not sufficient for a full-time status)
- the aim and impact of the research
- methods and implementation of the scientific plan
- researcher mobility during and after doctoral studies
- a publication plan
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.
In addition to the appendices above, applicants to the research field of Industrial Engineering and Management are required to obtain:
- A statement of recommendation from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management. The Doctoral Programme will ask for the statement on behalf of the applicant. The statement must be a recommendation in order for the applicant to be approved to the programme.
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 degree certificate and official transcript*
- master'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 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.
- 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
- Copy of the identity page of your passport
- 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
*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.