What will I learn?

The Doctoral Programme in Engineering consists of eight research fields including spatial planning and transportation engineering; real estate economics; geoinformatics; civil engineering, water and environmental engineering; technology education; mechanical engineering; and energy technology. Doctoral studies are available at all the departments of the School of Engineering: the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Civil Engineering, and the Department of Built Environment.

Objective of studies

The goal of our doctoral education is not only to educate researchers and professors of the future, but also to equip them with professional skills so that they can become experts and game changers in the engineering industry and other sectors.

The aim of doctoral studies is that the student:

  • To acquire a profound knowledge of their research field and its social significance;
  • To obtain the necessary skills to independently apply the scientific methods of their field and produce new scientific knowledge;
  • To obtain a thorough knowledge of the research methods and development of their research field;
  • To possess a sufficient level of expertise in the philosophy of engineering and other areas related to their research field.

Structure of degree

The Doctor of Science (Technology) degree consists of an approved doctoral thesis and theoretical studies (40 ECTS), comprising two modules: scientific principles and practices studies (5–20 ECTS) as well as research field studies (20–35 ECTS).

Which department am I in?

School of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
There is no tuition fee for doctoral education
Start date

Expected September 2021


Aalto University

Otaniemi Campus,

Otakaari 24,



02150, Finland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed: an applicable higher university degree; an applicable higher polytechnic degree; an applicable education completed abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for corresponding higher education.

For international students

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

  • a master’s degree granted by a Finnish university or a Finnish university of applied sciences that provides them with the knowledge base required for the postgraduate research field applied for, or;
  • a degree granted by a university or university of applied sciences abroad corresponding to the Finnish master’s degree, providing them with the knowledge base required for the postgraduate research field applied for.

The recognized language tests and their minimum score requirements are listed below.

  1. IELTS (Academic): 6.5, and 5.5 for Writing;
  2. TOEFL:
    • IBT (Internet-based Test): 92, and 22 for the Writing section or
    • PDT (Paper-Delivered Test): Reading 22, Listening 22, and Writing 24
  3. C1 Advanced, prev. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: A,B or C
  4. C2 Proficiency, prev. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: A,B,C or Level C1
  5. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A): 62, and 54 for writing

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.