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Welcome to the Aalto University School of Science!

If you have any questions related to doctoral studies in the School of Science please contact us.

Before going through this page, please read the information available for new doctoral candidates here.

Doctoral studies

The purpose of doctoral studies is for the doctoral candidate 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 skills needed in research and the application of the research results. The licentiate and the doctoral degrees consist of theoretical studies and research work. The emphasis is on research work.

More information about the structure of doctoral degrees.

Study plan

Doctoral candidates 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. Doctoral candidates should update the plan regularly and discuss the thesis progress once a year with the supervising professor.

See more about the doctoral study plan and courses for doctoral candidates.

Doctoral Programme Committee

Many of the applications and decisions in doctoral studies need to go through the Doctoral Programme Committee. The Committee has meetings approximately once a month.

See more about the Doctoral Programme Committee and processing times for applications.

Aalto University doctoral student association - Aallonhuiput

Aalto University doctoral student association — Aallonhuiput is a registered association that connects doctoral candidates in Aalto University. 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.

Useful links for new students