• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Energy, management and finance are the central focus areas of reseach in the doctoral programme In Technical Schiences. The Doctoral Programme covers all fields of research under the School of Technology and Innovation at the University of Vaasa. 
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The doctoral programme conducts basic research and work-oriented applied research. Applying known methods and tools while developing new solutions for problems related to the field of technology and the economy are key elements of the programmes. The programme is multidisciplinary, covering every part of technology development from new technical innovations and solutions to product development. The programme also offers technological scientific knowledge, methodical and computational foundations for solving problems in the field of technological science and the mathematical and statistical models of economic phenomena.

Studies in the doctoral programme consist of general studies, research area studies and studies supporting the research area. The most important part of the programme is the doctoral thesis, which is supported by further scientific studies, graduate school courses and seminars. The Doctoral Programme in Technical Sciences offers doctoral studies in the research fields of automation, energy, electricity, data and telecommunications engineering as well as industrial engineering, economic mathematics, statistics and mathematics.

Research is conducted in research groups. Projects are run by research groups in collaboration with industrial companies and various national and international universities and research institutes.

The School is part of the national Doctoral Programme of Electrical Energy Engineering (DPEEE), Energy Efficiency and Systems (EES) and Information Technology (INFORTE.FI) as well as the Finnish Doctoral Programme in Stochastics and Statistics (FGSS) and the doctoral programme of the Graduate School of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (L&SCM).

The Department of Industrial Management the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics are responsible for the content of the doctoral programme.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Seminar
  • Managing Doctoral Research 
  • Writing scientific articles
  • Research Ethics 
  • Pitch and Publish
  • Researcher’s skills
  • Social media for researchers 
  • Open Science
  • Philosophy of Science and Critical Thinking
  • Writing Better Academic English
  • Mixed methods and longitudinal research

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General Requirements

Eligible for studies leading to an academic doctorate degree shall be a person who has completed

  • an applicable higher university degree;
  • an applicable higher polytechnic degree; or
  • an applicable education completed abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for corresponding higher education.
  • The following documents must be enclosed in the application for doctoral studies:

    • Officially certified copies of Degree certificates
    • Transcript of Records of the previous degrees and explanation of the grading scale
    • Photocopy of passport's information page
    • Proof of language proficiency
    • Curriculum Vitae. Please use the Europass CV form
    • Preliminary research plan
    • Preliminary study plan of the doctoral studies
    • Motivation letter for doctoral studies

    Tuition Fee

    • International

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    Living costs for Vaasa

    • 680 - 990 EUR/month
      Living Costs

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


    The options for financing doctoral studies at the University of Vaasa are doctoral student positions and scholarships for the doctoral thesis. Many graduate students also work in research projects of our research groups or get outside financing for their own doctoral thesis work. Please note that admission to doctoral studies does not automatically include financing.

    The Graduate School of University of Vaasa invites applications for one (1) scholarship (24 000 € ) for full-time doctoral student enrolled at the University of Vaasa for writing a doctoral thesis.

    The scholarship is applied at the same time as the study right to the Doctoral Programme.

    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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