Aalto ARTS Dissertation Instructions, in force from 1 August 2019 (pdf)
An approved doctoral dissertation may be a single study (a monograph) that has not been appeared in a published form in full before. The monograph shall form a coherent entity and be the result of the researcher’s independent work. It may contain references to other publications produced by the author dealing with the same problems.
Alternatively, the dissertation may be an article-based doctoral dissertation, which consists of a set of publications on a related set of problems, and a summary of the findings. The summary shall describe the research problem and research goals and methods, and present a summary of the key findings. The summary shall assess the significance of the study for the discipline. The summary shall contain a list of the publications included in the thesis and describe the independent contribution of the candidate in each publication separately.
The article dissertation must include at least 3 full-length articles (e.g. JUFO 1–3). These articles must have been approved for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, in a similarly peer-reviewed conference publication, or as a chapter in a peer-reviewed book. In addition to the three articles, the dissertation may include other publications, shorter articles or artistic compoments. For one of these the publication process may still be ongoing. For well-grounded reasons the Doctoral Programme Committee may also approve other kinds of compilations of publications as a dissertation.
The articles may also include co-authored publications if the candidate's independent contribution to them can be demonstrated. If the contribution is not demonstrated in the publication, an account of the contribution of the candidate and of the other authors must be given in the summary. The candidate must ask and receive the approval of the other authors for the account given. The candidate must be the first author of at least one of the articles.
In the field of art and design, a dissertation may also include an art production, a series of art productions meaningfully connected to each other, or a product development project. As a rule the artistic components to be included in the dissertation must have been created during the validity of the study right.
The written component of the dissertation (thesis) has to be in a dialogic and analytic relation to the art productions or product development project, and the candidate has to present in the thesis the targets, methods and findings of the production, series of productions or product development project. Such a dissertation can include artistic components, which can be joint productions or projects, provided that the independent contribution of the candidate is clearly indicated. The independent contribution of the candidate and that of the other authors must be explained in the written component. The doctoral candidate must ask and receive approval from the other authors in order to include this account.
The dissertation may be published in Finnish, Swedish or English, or with the permission of the Doctoral Programme Committee, in some other language. The language of the manuscript submitted for pre-examination must be the same as the language of the published dissertation. The Doctoral Programme Committee may ask for a separate statement on the quality of the language used in the manuscript and demand proofreading.
In case of an artistic or practice-based dissertation, a second advisor, who does not hold a doctor’svdegree, can be appointed based on artistic merit or competence in the area of research.
The supervisor and the advisor(s) shall give a written statement to the Doctoral Programme Committee confirming that the dissertation is ready to be submitted for pre-examination.
Unless otherwise decided, the advisor's role continues until pre-examination, at which stage the advisor gives a written statement confirming that the dissertation is ready to be submitted for pre-examination.
A co-supervisor may be assigned in exceptional cases because of multidisciplinarity of the dissertation (when also the result of the education, i.e. the degree, can be divided) or in internationally jointly supervised dissertations (based on cotutelle agreement). By the proposal of the home Department, the Dean of the home School decides about the dividing of the degree between the Aalto Schools after which the co-supervisor can be appointed.
The co-supervisor shares with the supervising professor the overall responsibility for the degree of the doctoral candidate and for the related supervision arrangements.
Each doctoral candidate agrees with the supervising professor and the advisor(s) about the respective responsibilities and frequency of reporting in a Supervision plan. Before signing the plan, all parties should discuss their expectations and the terms of the supervision and guidance (frequency of meetings, submission of written work etc.)
In Finnish: Ohjaussuunnitelmapohja (docx)
The doctoral candidate submits the confirmed plan by email to email@example.com.