Welcome to the Aalto University School of Engineering!

This information is aimed at our newly admitted doctoral students. This site is to help you get started with your studies at Aalto: read the info and visit the links recommended. Into-page for your doctoral programme can be found on the left.

Check also the After admission to doctoral studies for all Aalto doctoral candidates. University level information can be found  from the navigation at the top of the page.

For international students! Upon your arrival to Finland, you can find helpful information from the Welcome Guide for International Students.

If you have any questions related to doctoral studies in the School of Engineering please send e-mail to reetta.mannola@aalto.fi or ritva.viero@aalto.fi.

One study place per term provision

Please note that the acceptance of the admission offer is binding and it cannot be cancelled. If you have received more than one admission offer, please consider carefully which one you wish to accept.

According to the one study place per term provision (Universities Act 558/2009) students may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term. Higher education degrees include bachelor’s, master’s, licentiate and doctoral degrees awarded by universities as well as polytechnic degrees. Even if the student postpones the commencement of studies, or interrupts his/her studies, the student cannot accept another study place for a degree programme starting in the same academic term.

Higher education degrees included in the provision are:

  • Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities of applied sciences.
  • Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities
  • Licentiate and Doctoral degrees awarded by Finnish universities
  • Polytechnic degrees

Admission to post-graduate studies

Official admission letter has been sent to you by e-mail to the e-mail address mentioned in your application. If the e-mail has not reached you within a week after you have accepted the study place, please contact reetta.mannola@aalto.fi or ritva.viero@aalto.fi.

Get acquainted with other important materials below.

Annual enrolment

When you have accepted the admission offer you are automatically enrolled as attending during your first study year. According to the Finnish Act on Universities, registering as non-attending in the first year is permitted only in certain situations.

 Enrolment as non-attending in the first year

Enrolment as a non-attending student in the first academic year

In your first year of studies you can enrol as a non-attending student only for reasons referred to in the Universities Act (Yliopistolaki 558/2009, Section 39), that is, if you are:

  • in active service referred to in accordance with the Conscription Act (1438/2007), the Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or the Act on Voluntary Military Service for Women (194/1995);
  • on maternity, paternity or parental leave; or
  • unable to start your studies due to a medical condition.

Please note that the possibility to enrol as non-attending in the first year of studies for reasons of active service is valid only for service performed in Finland.

Submit your application for non-attending status to the student service desk of your own school.

After the first enrolment students primarily enrol in WebOodi (oodi.aalto.fi) during the enrolment period. See more information about enrolment for Academic year. 

Only students who have enrolled as Attending can attend courses.

Introduction to studies


MyCourses (mycourses.aalto.fi) is a learning environment for Aalto University courses. In MyCourses you will find course homepages for all new courses on academic year 2018-2019.

MyCourses includes course workspaces that teachers can use to send out announcements, share materials, receive student submissions, grade and give feedback. After the course is finished grades can be published there. A calendar for the course events is based on Oodi events (lectures etc.). A discussion forum for students and teachers is found in the default workspace.

See more information from:
Instructions for students_MyCourses


Oodi (oodi.aalto.fi/e) is an information system supporting university teaching and studies with the goal of facilitating the work of students and university staff in all matters related to the planning, organisation and registration of studies. For students, Oodi gives the possibility to make the term enrolment and course and examination registration electronically and to view their study attainments. In addition, Oodi allows students to familiarise themselves with the degree requirements and future teaching offered and to prepare their personal study plans.

See more information from:
Instructions for students_WebOodi

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. A licentiate and doctoral degree consist of theoretical studies and research work. The emphasis is on research work. The extent of studies is determined by ECTS credits.

See more information about the degree structure and course work.

Academic calender 2018-2020

Study plan

Students granted the right to study towards a doctoral degree are required to prepare a personal study plan listing the theoretical courses to be taken and a plan on the implementation of the research. A study plan serves to ensure that the objectives of doctoral education will be reached, and that the studies will progress within the period planned. Students should update the plan regularly and discuss the thesis progress once a year with the supervising professor.

See more about the study plan for doctoral studies.

IT-services - Aalto University account 

Every student and employee needs Aalto account for their work and studies in order to use IT systems. You can get your account using self-service portal http://password.aalto.fi/ .  Authorization to the service is via the VETUMA service, using either your Finnish Internet bank identifiers or your electronic ID card issued by the Finnish police or your mobile certificate.

You may also activate your username by visiting one of the IT service desks on Aalto campuses. You have to prove your identity with an official ID card, meaning a passport, Finnish ID card or Finnish driver's license.

Doctoral Programme Committee

Many of the applications and decisions in doctoral studies needs to go through Doctoral Programme Committee. The committee has meetings proximately one’s a moth.

See more about the Doctoral Programme Committee; duties, committee members and meeting schedule and Prosessing times for applications.

Aalto University doctoral student association - Aallonhuiput

Aalto University doctoral student association — Aallonhuiput in short — is a registered association that connects doctoral students in Aalto University. Our goal is to give a voice to the doctoral community at Aalto University and strive for the well-being and performance of every doctoral student.

The association is run by a yearly elected board. If you are driven and would like to made a different in the doctoral community at Aalto, this is the place to be!

Get involved! Aallonhuiput is made of people just like you. There is also a representative in the Aalto Board of Doctoral Education, an Aalto level group for discussing all matters related to doctoral studies. The board consists of the heads of doctoral schools and the representative of the doctoral students.

Other useful links for new students

Aalto University’s main page
Aalto people
Finnish immigration service
Journey planner for using public transportation in the Helsinki Metropolitan area
Learning Centre
Language Centre
Lunch restaurants in Otaniemi
Map of Otaniemi Campus
Contact information of the Doctoral Programme in Engineering