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Arts, Design and Architecture, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #134 (QS) ,
The main purpose of doctoral education at the Aalto Doctoral Programme in Arts, Design and Architecture is to teach the doctoral candidate to create new knowledge via scentific and artistic methods and theories. During the research and studies you will learn what it takes to be a professional academic researcher.


Doctoral education is often an apprentice in close collaboration with your thesis advisor(s) and supervising professor. If studying full-time, 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, possibly building your artistic components and supportive tasks needed to make your department and research group able to operate.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Doctoral Studies
  • Doing Research
  • Practices of Presenting Research
  • Methods of Gathering Data
  • Methods of Analysing Data

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General Requirements

  • Application form
  • Degree certificates from each university attended, including official register lists of study courses taken for the degree (transcripts of records).
  • Research plan: includes a schedule for the studies to be completed (study plan), schedule for dissertation, funding plan and possible work plan & schedule for artistic components
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Copy of passport or other official document of identification
  • Letters of recommendation and certificates of employment (optional)
  • In the field of art and design a portfolio if the research plan contains work plan for art productions or product development projects
  • Proof of language profiency 

            Tuition Fee

            • International

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            • EU/EEA

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            Living costs for Helsinki

            • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
              Living Costs

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