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Science, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #127 (QS) Helsinki, Finland
The Doctoral Programme in Science from Aalto University is a multidisciplinary programme with a unique combination of science, technology and business. 
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The research done is committed to high standards of international excellence and the aim is to educate doctors in different research fields to tackle increasingly complex societal challenges in areas such as energy, environment, health and well-being. Multidisciplinary research work and collaboration within and outside Aalto University is highly valued.


The Doctoral Programme in Science from Aalto University offers a four-year doctoral programme in physics, mathematics, biomedical engineering, computer science or industrial engineering and management. Doctors graduating from this programme have knowledge and master tools for demanding academic research and teaching positions and in expert, development and management positions of the information society.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

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

Programme Structure

Aalto offers the degree of Doctor of Science (Technology) in one of the following research fields:
  • Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
  • Systems and Operations Research
  • Engineering Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Industrial Engineering and Management

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.

General Requirements

  • Adequate knowledge in the research field applied for, gained through, for example, courses in the major or courses in the advanced module within the Master’s studies.
  • Sufficient basic knowledge that supports the dissertation work and the writing of the dissertation.

Grades: (on the scale of 1 to 5)

  • Completed the master’s thesis with the minimum grade of 4/5.
  • Completed the major of the degree that is the basis for the doctoral studies with an average grade of 3.0/5 or higher, if the master’s degree was earned in accordance with the degree regulations of 1995 or at an earlier time (when the bachelor’s and master’s degrees were not separated).

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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