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Structure of the degree 

The Doctor of Science (Tech) degree consists of 40 ECTS of theoretical studies and a doctoral dissertation which means four years of full-time studies.

The Licentiate of Science (Tech) degree consists of 40 ECTS of theoretical studies and a licentiate thesis which means two years of full-time studies.

The extent of the licentiate and doctoral degrees consist of theoretical studies and research work. The emphasis is on research work. The degrees of doctor of science and licentiate constitute of three entities or modules which are the thesis, scientific principles and practices studies and research field studies. Total of coursework is 40 credits.

Dissertation

Doctoral candidates are required to complete a dissertation, which is an individual research composed during the four years of study. The doctoral dissertation is written on a topic related to the research field approved for the doctoral candidate. A doctoral dissertation shall contribute to new scientific knowledge. Dissertation includes a public defence after pre-examination process. A dissertation is a public document and cannot be concealed.

Accepted forms of dissertations

Licentiate thesis

The licentiate thesis is written on a topic related to the research field approved for the doctoral candidate. In a licentiate thesis, doctoral candidate shall demonstrate good conversance with the field of research and the capability of independently and critically applying scientific research methods. A licentiate thesis is a public document and cannot be concealed.

Accepted forms of licentiate thesis

Theoretical studies 40 ECTS

The study modules included in the degree are described below. Please check also study plan, to see e.g. what kind of courses can be included in the modules.

Research field studies 20-35 ECTS

The extent of the module is 20-35 ECTS. Research field studies should support the writing of the thesis and prepare the doctoral candidates for research and other demanding work that requires expertise. Courses acceptable for doctoral degree are advanced level courses (doctoral level courses and master level courses).

  • Courses acceptable for doctoral studies are denoted with the letter P/L in the study register. In the newest courses the level of the course is denoted by an E in the course code (as in PHYS-E1234; meaning the course is an advanced level course) or an L in the course code (PHYS-L1234; meaning that the course is intended for doctoral candidates).
  • Courses denoted by A-code or C-code cannot be included in the research field studies, because they refer to basic and intermediate studies (bachelor level courses).

Research fields and professors

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Code

Name of the research field in three languages

Supervising professors (in alphabetical order)

Research groups of the field

SCI023Z


Neurotiede ja lääketieteellinen tekniikka
Neurovetenskap och biomedicinsk teknik
Neuroscience and biomedical engineering



Ala-Laurila, Petri
Ilmoniemi, Risto 
Jääskeläinen, Iiro
Koskelainen, Ari
Kuzyk, Anton
Nieminen, Heikki J.
Palva, Matias
Parkkonen, Lauri
Salmelin, Riitta
Sams, Mikko

Research groups: http://nbe.aalto.fi/en/groups/

F006Z


Matematiikka
Mathematics
Matematik

Brzuska, Chris
Engström, Alexander

Hannukainen, Antti
Hollanti, Camilla
Hyvönen, Nuutti
Ilmonen, Pauliina
Kinnunen, Juha
Korte, Riikka
Kubjas, Kaie
Kytölä, Kalle
Leskelä, Lasse
Michałek, Mateusz
Noferini, Vanni

Research groups: https://math.aalto.fi/en/research/
F017Z

Systeemi- ja operaatiotutkimus
Systems and Operations Research
System- och operationsanalys

Ehtamo, Harri
Oliveira, Fabricio
Salo, Ahti

Systems Analysis Laboratory: http://sal.aalto.fi/en/
F008Z

Mekaniikka
Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Mekanik

Stenberg, RolfMechanics: https://math.aalto.fi/en/research/applied/mechanics/
SCI019Z

Teknillinen fysiikka
Engineering Physics
Teknisk fysik

Alava, Mikko
Ala-Nissilä, Tapio
van Dijken, Sebastiaan
Flindt, Christian
Foster, Adam
Groth, Mathias

Hakonen, Pertti
Ikkala, Olli
Kaivola, Matti
Kauppinen, Esko
Lado,Jose
Liljeroth, Peter
Lund, Peter
Pekola, Jukka
Puska, Martti
Ras, Robin
Rinke, Patrick
Ruokolainen, Janne
Sillanpää, Mika
Timonen, Jaakko
Tuomisto, Filip
Törmä, Päivi

Research groups: http://physics.aalto.fi/en/groups/
SCI020Z

Tietotekniikka
Computer Science
Datateknik

Aura, Tuomas
Babbar, Rohit
Brzuska, Chris
Chalermsook, Parinya
Di Francesco, Mario
Gionis, Aristides
Hyvönen, Eero
Hämäläinen, Perttu
Jung, Alexander
Kannala, Juho
Kaski, Petteri
Kaski, Samuel
Kivelä, Mikko
Lampinen, Jouko
Lassenius, Casper
Lehtinen, Jaakko
Lokki, Tapio
Lähdesmäki, Harri
Malmi, Lauri
Mannila, Heikki
Marttinen, Pekka
Mekler, Elisa
Mäntylä, Martti
Niemelä, Ilkka  
Nieminen, Marko
Orponen, Pekka
Rintanen, Jussi
Rousu, Juho
Saramäki, Jari
Savioja, Lauri
Solin, Arno
Suomela, Jukka
Takala, Tapio
Truong, Hong-Linh
Uitto, Jara
Vehtari, Aki
Vuorimaa, Petri
Ylä-Jääski, Antti

Research groups: https://www.aalto.fi/department-of-computer-science/research-groups
SCI022Z

Tuotantotalous
Industrial Engineering and Management  
Produktionsekonomi

Artto, Karlos
Biniari, Marina
Gustafsson, Robin
Holmström, Jan
Järvenpää, Eila
Jääskeläinen, Mikko
Kauranen, Ilkka
Lillrank, Paul
Luoma, Jukka
Maula, Markku
Rajala, Risto
Saarinen, Esa
Saarinen, Lauri
Schildt, Henri
Schmidt, Jens
Smeds, Riitta
Tanskanen, Kari
Vuori, Natalia
Vuori, Timo

https://www.aalto.fi/department-of-industrial-engineering-and-management/research-groups

Scientific practices and principles 5-20 ECTS

The extent of module is 5 - 20 ECTS. Courses acceptable for doctoral degree are advanced level courses (doctoral level courses and master level courses). The level of the course is usually written in the course description in MyCourses (Course overview tab, Level of the course).

  • Courses acceptable for doctoral studies are denoted with the letter P/L in the study register. In the newest courses the level of the course is denoted by an E in the course code (as in PHYS-E1234; meaning the course is am advanced level course) or an L in the course code (PHYS-L1234; meaning that the course is intended for doctoral candidates).

  • Please note that in the newest courses, letters A and C in the course code (as in PHYS-A1234 or in PHYS-C1234) refer to basic and intermediate studies (bachelor level courses). It is possible to include one C-coded course of max. 5 ECTS in the scientific practices and principles -module. Courses denoted by A-code cannot be included in the doctoral degree.

The aim of the scientific practices and principles studies is to provide doctoral candidates with knowledge of the basic concepts of science, the key characteristics of scientific research and scientific knowledge and to familiarize them with the most important research methods of their research field and develop the transferable skills. In addition, doctoral candidates learn to apply the principles of good scientific practice to their research, apply the basic structure of a scientific publication in their research reports, know the key publication series of their fields and are able to draft an appropriate and suitable structure for their doctoral dissertation.