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Arts, Design and Architecture, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #127 (QS) Helsinki, Finland
The main purpose of doctoral education at the Aalto University 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.
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Doctoral education in Arts, Design and Architecture from Aalto University 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.

Doctoral studies are not the only way to improve and maintain your knowledge:

  • With the right to pursue non graduate studies you can improve your professional know-how and participate to the doctoral level courses at Aalto University.
  • Doctoral level courses pursued after the Master’s degree can later be included to your doctoral studies.

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Students holding a master’s degree earned abroad are eligible for doctoral studies provided their master’s degree qualifies them for equivalent doctoral studies in the country where the degree was earned. 
  • Such degree combinations earned in Europe are recognized in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process (3+2 years). 
  • Degrees earned in non-European countries must include a minimum of 4 years of studies and a master’s thesis, and be deemed by the School as providing the student with an adequate knowledge base for doctoral studies in the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

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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