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Applications are submitted via electronic application system.

Next application period: September 3 - October 1, 2018

Instructions on how to apply and Doctoral Degree Application


A doctoral candidate is a student pursuing further studies after having attained a Master's degree. The postgraduate degrees offered by the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering are:

  • Licentiate of Science (Technology)
  • Doctor of Science (Technology).

The doctoral degree may be taken directly after the master’s degree; it is not compulsory to take the licentiate degree first.

The Licentiate of Technology degree takes an estimated 2 years to complete, while the Doctor of Science (Technology) degree takes approximately 4 years. A postgraduate degree comprises theoretical studies and research work. The emphasis is on scientific research.

The aim of doctoral studies

The purpose of doctoral studies is for the student to acquire more profound scientific knowledge and skills in scientific research and their practical application than is provided by master’s degree studies. The key element in doctoral studies is to acquire the skills required in research and the application of research results. High-level research is a prerequisite for doctoral studies and researcher training.

The aim of doctoral studies is that the doctoral candidate:

  • acquires profound knowledge of his or her research field and its social significance and achieves the necessary skills to independently and critically apply the scientific methods of the respective field and produce new scientific knowledge;
  • acquires thorough knowledge of the development, basic problems and research methods of his or her research field; and
  • achieves a sufficient level of knowledge in the theory of science and other fields related to his or her research field to enable him or her to follow their development.