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The main purpose of doctoral education is to teach the student to create new scientific knowledge via scentific methods and theories. During the research and studies you will learn what it takes to be a professional academic researcher.
If you consider applying for doctoral studies, you should deliberate at least these questions:
Warning: active scientific research work can cause positive addiction. It is a proven fact that professional researchers work longer hours and retire later than the professionals in many other fields.
Doctoral education is actually an apprentice in close collaboration with your thesis advisor(s) and supervising professor. You will spend 3-4 years working intensively on research topic, and complete this with your intellectual piece of work, i.e., doctoral dissertation. Along the road, you will be involved with theory courses, seminars, group activities, teaching undergraduates and supportive tasks needed to make your department and research group able to operate.
The goal of the programme is to train doctors in traditional electrical engineering, the energy sector, biomedical engineering, robotics, nanotechnology and communications engineering, to mention few, to serve in the academic world, public sector and industry and commerce.
Doctor of Science (Technology) (equivalent of a PhD)
|Study time||Four years (when studying full-time)|
|Application period||Twice a year (March and September)|
In Aalto Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering you can complete the degree of Doctor of Science (Technology) in one of the following research fields
The, which are in charge of the doctoral programme’s education and research at the School of Electrical Engineering, offer research fields that are based on strong research traditions and research at the highest international level.
Doctoral education at the School of Electrical Engineering is based on vigorous basic research that forms a strong basis for teaching and both development and innovation activities. The most important part of the education is the research work conducted in a strong research milieu. The theoretical studies that support the research work are tailored individually to suit the different needs of each doctoral student. The dissertations of the School of Electrical Engineering are of very high quality and often contain articles published in publications of the highest international level.
Full-time students can complete the doctoral degree in four years. The most talented students may receive funding from their department or they may fund their studies through projects or grants. The students should discuss funding primarily with their supervising professor.
Internationality is an integral part of the Aalto´s doctoral education in both recruiting and educating doctoral students. The School of Electrical Engineering is well connected with several top-level universities and research institutes in its field.
Aalto University encourages its doctoral students to spend at least six months of their study time abroad. International mobility enhances doctoral students’ career possibilities. Visiting a foreign university or research institute often means sharing knowledge and know-how, creating new ideas, expanding international networks, and developing one’s professional skills.
Doctors graduating from the doctoral programme have gained the skills required for serving in demanding academic research and teaching positions and to act in expert, development and management positions of the information society. Teaching is often a part of doctoral students’ employment contract at the department. Doctoral students can learn a lot by teaching, e.g. social skills, time management, management skills, and a more deep understanding of the subject matter. Our graduates have positions mostly in the academic world, the public sector or in the industry and commerce. More information about the working areas of the graduated doctors from the Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering can be found here.
Work titles for graduates
Those who want to apply to Aalto Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering must hold a master’s degree in a relevant field completed with a very good academic success. Applicants should have a good command of spoken and written English, and they should have capacity for scientific research work. In addition, applicants must have motivation to complete the doctoral degree within the target time (4 years for full-time students), and conduct research at the highest international level.
Before submitting the application, each applicant must contact a professor in charge of their intended research field to discuss the possible supervision of doctoral studies. Applicants are urged to ensure that their expertise and research interests are commensurate with the research group (and those of the supervising professor of their studies) that they apply to.
Both full-time applicants and part-time applicants can apply twice a year. More information on applying and eligibility.