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Engineering, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #134 (QS) ,
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.


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.

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

  • 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

  • More details: The Doctoral Programme in Engineering has two application periods a year, one ending at the end of October and the other at the end of April 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research Fields
  • Energy Technology
  • Engineering Design and Production
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Geoinformatics
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Land-use Planning and Transportation Engineering
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English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

To be eligible for doctoral studies at the School of Engineering, students must:

  • hold a master’s degree in technology granted by a Finnish university
  • hold a master’s degree granted by a Finnish university providing them with the knowledge base required for the postgraduate research field applied for
  • hold a degree granted by a university abroad corresponding to the Finnish Master of Science in technology, architecture or landscape architecture and providing them with the knowledge base required for the postgraduate research field applied for or
  • hold an applicable degree earned abroad providing them with eligibility for corresponding university studies in the country where the degree was earned

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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  • No tuition fee for Doctoral/PhD level studies and research

Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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