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Science, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #134 (QS) ,
The main purpose of the doctoral education is to teach the doctoral candidate 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.


The departments, which are in charge of the doctoral programme’s education and research at the School of Science, offer research fields that are based on strong research traditions and research at the highest international level. The Centres of Excellence in Research at the departments of the School of Science are designated by the Academy of Finland. The School of Science is also very active in the national Doctoral Education Networks.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

    Aalto Doctoral Programme in Science 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

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                      General Requirements

                      • Electronic application form
                      • Curriculum vitae (CV)
                      • Preliminary study plan
                      • Supervision plan
                      • Research plan. 
                      • Proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English, if the applicant is not a native speaker or was not schooled in any of these languages.
                      • Copy of the holder page of your passport
                      • English abstract of Master´s thesis is required
                      • a document confirming eligibility for doctoral studies, if needed (please see Eligibility for doctoral studies) with an official translation, if the original document is not in Finnish, Swedish or English.
                      • Copies of degree diplomas and transcript of completed courses certified by the home university or notary

                      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.
                      We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                      • 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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