A doctoral candidate is a student pursuing further studies after having attained a Master's degree. The postgraduate degrees offered by the Aalto University schools of technology are:
The doctoral degree may be taken directly after the master¿s degree; it is not compulsory to take the licentiate degree first. In special circumstances, the Aalto University Schools of Technology may also award the Doctor of Philosophy degree. It is not, however, possible to take the Licentiate of Philosophy degree at the Schools of Technology.
The Licentiate of Technology degree takes an estimated 2 years to complete, while the Doctor of Science (Technology) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees both take approximately 4 years. A postgraduate degree comprises theoretical studies and research work. The emphasis is on scientific research.
The purpose of doctoral studies is for the student to acquire more profound scientific knowledge and skills in scientific research and their practical application than is provided by master’s degree studies. The key element in doctoral studies is to acquire the skills required in research and the application of research results. High-level research is a prerequisite for doctoral studies and researcher training.
The aim of doctoral studies is that the student:
The School of Engineering has two annual application cycles for doctoral studies: in April and in October.
The admission criteria for doctoral students are:
Successful candidates for doctoral studies must have earned the master´s degree with an average grade of 3.0/5 and completed the master´s thesis with the grade of 3/5. Those with a master´s degree earned in accordance with the degree regulations of 1995 or an earlier time when the bachelor´s and master´s degree were not pursued separately, are required to have completed the courses towards their major, which form the basis of eligibility for doctoral studies, with an average grade of at least 3.0/5. The same requirements apply to degrees earned elsewhere in Finland or abroad. Students who fail to meet these minimum grade criteria but are otherwise suitable for doctoral studies may improve their grades by taking courses, or exceptionally the School may set prerequisites for doctoral studies.
Further information about doctoral studies, admission requirements etc is available at: