Admission process - Tampere University of Technology

Doctoral Programme in the Built Environment

Applications for Doctoral Programme in Built Environment are submitted to the Faculty Office of Business and Built Environment. The programme accepts new doctoral students twice a year. The deadlines for applications are April, 15th and October, 15th. If the dl. is on weekend/holiday, we should receive the application latest on the first possible workday following the official dl.

Application Process

A. Find a supervisor

To apply for admission to the doctoral programme the candidate first contacts a potential supervisor (a TUT professor, Associate professor (tenure track) or adjunct professor of his/her specific research area).

Please, find a list of potential supervsiors including contact information on the Focus Areas page.

In order to be able to hand in the application the candidate needs to have your his/her research plan approved by one of our professors, who would also have to agree to act as the candidate's supervisor during your studies. The professor responsible for the discipline in question discusses the study-related plans with the candidate and determines whether the candidate has sufficient, relevant basic knowledge of the field of research. If necessary, the professor can set certain additional prerequisites for doctoral studies. Based on this overall estimation, the professor grants or declines support to the application. Please note that the professor's support does not guarantee admission!
When contacting one of our professors, please include some information about your planned research, information about your master's degree and a cv.

The applications have to be delivered

  • both personally to the Academic Officer of Doctoral Studies or sent by post (All documents should be sent together in the same envelope.)


We cannot accept applications sent solely by email.

Applications will not be processed until all documents are received. Documents must be submitted in English or Finnish. All copies and translations must be officially certified with the exeption of documents issued by TUT.

Please note that there is no funding connected with being accepted to the programme.

B. Prepare application with the help of supervisor

To apply to the doctoral programme please hand in:

the application form, signed by the applicant and the supervisor (and possible additional instructors)

and the required enclosures

  • a (preliminary) study plan for postgraduate studies at TUT
    The study plan consists of 40 credits, of which major studies 25-35 credits and general scientific studies 5-15 credits. The general scientific studies must include the course TUT-90006 Orientation to Doctoral Studies (3 cr). Only PhD-level studies can be included in the study plan. Guidelines for doctoral studies.
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  • a research plan for postgraduate studies at TUT
  • a free form statement by the supervisor of your studies
  • a copy of your MSc/BSc degree certificates incl transcripts of all university records and its/their English translations (if the original documents are in a language other than Finnish or English)and the diploma supplement
  • a certificate of proficiency in the English language for students whose first language is not English or Finnish (More information below)
  • a preliminary plan for financing your studies
  • a portfolio (for architecure applicants, only if required by the potential supervisor)
  • (any other material complementing the application)

Non-Finnish applicants please include

  • a copy of your international passport
  • a curriculum vitae

Language requirements

Please note that all the applicants whose native language is not English or Finnish should take an official language test either by IELTS, TOEFL or CPE/CAE. One of the following language tests is required:

  • IELTS (min. score 6.5)
  • TOEFL (min. score 237 in computer-based test, 92 in the internet-based test or 580 in paper-based test)
  • PTE Academic (min. score 62)
  • Cambridge Language Certificate (Proficiency CPE or Advanced CAE) (grade "C" or higher)

The score reports can be sent to TUT from the testing centre. The TOEFL code of Tampere University of Technology is 0599. TUT has no institutional code for other language tests.

The language test must be taken before the application deadline. Applicants are required to attach the official language test report to their application, with the exception of the IELTS language test in which case a copy of the results is accepted.

Other language certificates or free-form statements than the ones listed above will not be accepted.

For more information, please go to the following page:

Admissions > Applying to TUT > Doctoral programmes > Language requirements


Contact information

Tampere University of Technology
Faculty of Business and Built Environment

Contact person

Academic Officer of Doctoral Studies

Postal adress:

P.O. Box 527
FI-33101 Tampere


Updated by: Stefanie Kohlhoff, 09.01.2018 16:31.
Keywords: education and studies