Who can act as a supervising professor or a thesis advisor?

  • Every doctoral candidate is assigned one supervising professor.

  • A co-supervisor may be assigned because of multidisciplinarity of the dissertation (when also the result of the education can be divided) or in internationally jointly supervised dissertations

    • The doctoral education result can be shared between Aalto schools.

  • Every doctoral student is assigned also one or more thesis advisors.

  • Information about the principles of Double Aalto Affiliation and supervision of doctoral students is available here.


    Accepting new doctoral candidates

  • There are application calls two times a year for doctoral study right at our Doctoral Programme.
  • Sufficient language skills of the applicant are very essential part of the qualifications. See if your student needs to present language certificate!
  • Full-time students are expected to complete their degree within four years.

  • The supervising professor and the applicant shall go through the applicant’s research plan, study plan, supervision plan and funding resources.

  • The supervising professor submits the recommendation letter and together with the thesis advisor their sign the form for supervision plan.

  • The original master's degree certificate of the applicant is needed for the registering the new student and the granted study right

Supervision of doctoral candidates

  • The duties of the supervising professor, the thesis advisor(s) and the doctoral candidate are agreed on in the supervision plan.

  • The supervising professor, the thesis advisor and the doctoral candidate discuss the progress of the research work on a regular basis, as agreed on in the supervision plan. Advisory group meetings are arranged each year until the point of starting the pre-examination.

  • The supervising professor and the doctoral candidate agree on the candidate’s personal study plan, i.e. the theoretical studies for the degree.

  • Research ethics, quality requirements for the dissertation and the examination process of the dissertation. 

If the supervising professor or thesis advisor of the doctoral candidate changes

Examination and evaluation of licentiate theses

Pre-examination of doctoral dissertations

  • The supervising professor shall propose two independent pre-examiners (LINKKI) to the dissertation

  • By signing the pre-examination application form, the supervising professors confirms that the dissertation is complete and ready for pre-examination.

  • Confirms that the authors contribution description is correct, and if applicable that also the clarification of subcontracting is correct.

  • After the pre-examiners have been appointed, the Doctoral Programme sends the manuscript to the pre-examiners.
  • When the statements have arrived the Doctoral Programme sends them to the doctoral candidate and the supervising professor.
  • The supervising professor makes sure that the doctoral candidate makes all the necessary corrections (LINKKI) to the dissertation manuscript that have come up as a result of the pre-examination process.
  • The opponent can be appointed directly after the pre-examination stage, if all the needed details are available.

  • The Doctoral Programme Committee grants the permission for public defence (i.e. permission for publishing the dissertation and to proceed to the defence).

The public defence

  • The supervising professor proposes an opponent for the public defence, the custos, the date, the time, the place and language of the defense.

  • Arrangements for the public defence along with the opponent’s travel arrangements and the opponent’s remuneration are taken care of at the department.