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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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Degree:

Doctor of Science (Technology)

Application period:

1.1.2020 – 31.12.2020

Language of instruction:

Finnish
English
Swedish

Duration:

4 years, full-time

Eligibility:

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

Credits:

Organising school:

School of Science

Objectives of studies

Doctoral candidates will be equipped with the professional skills and knowledge required for demanding academic research and teaching positions. They will be trained for management, research and development, and other specialist 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 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 three modules:

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

Content of studies

Doctoral education at the School of Science is based on vigorous basic research, forming a strong basis for teaching as well as development and innovation activities. The most important part of the education is the research work, which is 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 theses of the School of Science are of very high quality and often contain articles published in international peer-review journals. Full-time doctoral candidates can complete the doctoral degree in four years.

Study language

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

 

Language of the degree

The applicants will define in their application in which language they will pursue the degree. The possible languages are Finnish, Swedish, or English. If doctoral candidates want to write their doctoral thesis in Finnish or in Swedish, the language of the degree will be Finnish or Swedish. If the doctoral thesis is written in English, doctoral candidates can choose English as the language of the degree that must be approved by the doctoral programme committee. The language of degree can, on reasonable grounds, be changed at a later stage if the language of the doctoral thesis changes.

International opportunities

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 to a number of top-level international universities and research institutes in its field.

Aalto University encourages its doctoral candidates to spend at least six months of their study time abroad, as international mobility enhances doctoral candidates’ career opportunities . 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 promoting networking, and increasing peer support among doctoral candidates.

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.

For employment by research project: see and apply for the open positions at Aalto University.

How to apply?

Before submitting the application, each applicant must contact a supervising professor who is responsible in their intended research field to doctoral studies and the supervision of the studies. Applicants are urged to ensure that their expertise and research interests are commensurate with the research group (and those of the supervising professor of their studies) that they apply to.

Although special conditions are in place for the time being, Aalto University is gradually reopening the Otaniemi campus, according to safety guidelines. The new policies enter into force on Thursday 14 May, more information from https://www.aalto.fi/en/aalto-university/information-on-coronavirus (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 admissions and application instructions, you can contact [email protected]

In case of programme-specific questions and inquiries, please contact the Learning Services of the Doctoral Programme in Science.

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.

PML Research Group in Department of Computer Science

Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

We conduct world-class research and education focusing on the creation and transformation of technology-based business.

Kuva: Unto Rautio

Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

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

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The application period is open until 31.12.2020 15:00 (UTC+2)

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