Admission process - Tampere University of Technology

Admission to the Doctoral Programme of CEE

Degrees

At Tampere University of Technology the master's degree holders have the possibility to complete the postgraduate degrees of Licentiate of Science in Technology (Lic.Sc. Tech.), Doctor of Science in Technology (D.Sc. Tech.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. ).

Students accepted in the Doctoral Programme of Computing and Electrical Engineering complete the Doctor of Science in Technology degree as a rule. In order to gain support for the post-graduate study application, the candidate should have taken the master's degree from the field of engineering/ technology and from a discipline related to the doctoral programme. In addition, sufficient basic knowledge of the field of research specified in the application is required. In other circumstances the Faculty decides about precondition for supporting a study right in the programme.

The targeted time of completing the doctor's degree for full-time students is four years. If the doctoral studies are conducted on a part-time basis, a time corresponding to four years' full-time studies shall be reserved for degree completion (in the study and research plans); however, the maximum degree completion time is eight years. Students of the doctoral programme report their progress to the doctoral programme's management annually.

Application period and application submission

There are no specific application periods or starting times for doctoral studies. The Faculty processes applications in its regular meetings every month apart from July. The application and its required appendices must be submitted to the Faculty Office by post or personally to the following address:

  • Postal address:
    Tampere University of Technology
    Doctoral Programme of Computing and Electrical Engineering
    P.O.Box 553, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
  • Visiting address:
    Tampere University of Technology
    Korkeakoulunkatu 1 (Tietotalo bldg), Student Services of the CEE Faculty (office TD211 and TD213)

Applications or documents submitted by email can not be accepted.

Research fields

The applicants specify their preferred research field in the doctoral study application. The topic of the doctoral dissertation must comply with one of the post-graduate research fields represented in the faculty. The doctoral study application must include a short, fixed-form description of the research topic.

Available doctoral research fields, major subjects and contact professors (pdf)

Contact information for professors is available in the people search.

Application procedure

Before submitting a doctoral study application, the candidate must contact the professor responsible for the preferred discipline. The research topic description must be approved by the future supervisor. 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. The degree completion schedule and financing of  studies are also addressed at the application phase. The professor issues a statement form about the candidate's eligibility for doctoral studies and the research topic's suitability for the discipline, also addressing the sufficiency of supervisory resources. Based on this overall estimation, the professor grants or declines support to the application.

By signing a student's doctoral study application and research plan description and issuing a supporting statement form regarding the application, the professor also assumes the task of supervising the studies. The University Rector grants the doctoral study right based on the Faculty's proposal.

Application and required appendices

All requested appendices must be submitted with the application form. The copies of the degree certificate, transcript of records and their translations into English must be authenticated by a public notary, the Finnish Embassy/Consulate or the institution that issued the original document with an institutional stamp on the documents.

1) Applicants who have completed an eligible master's degree at TUT or another Finnish university:

  • Post-graduate study application form (rtf) - Application instructions (pdf)
  • Research topic description form (rtf)
  • Copy of the degree certificate and its appendices
  • Motivation letter
  • Supporting statement form from the post-graduate studies' supervisor (rtf)
  • Preliminary study plan
  • Preliminary financing plan for postgraduate degree
  • Statement of special reasons for aiming at the degree of PhD or Lic. of Technology (if applicable)
  • Any other material complementing the application.
     

2) Applicants who have completed an eligible master's degree abroad:

  • Post-graduate study application form (rtf)  - Application instructions (pdf)
  • Research topic description form (rtf)
  • Certified copies of the bachelor's and master's degree certificates and the transcripts with official translations into English (if the original documents are in a language other than Finnish or English). Kindly notice that educational documents from certain countries must be submitted in a particular way. Please read the country specific requirements 
  • A Diploma Supplement (DS) as approved by the EU Commission for degrees completed in European universities (when applicable)
  • Motivation letter
  • Supporting statement form from the post-graduate studies' supervisor (rtf)
  • Preliminary study plan
  • Preliminary financing plan for postgraduate degree
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of special reasons for aiming at the degree of PhD or Lic. of Technology (if applicable)
  • Any other material complementing the application.

    In addition, non-Finnish citizens must submit the following:
  • Official certificate of sufficient language skills in Finnish or English.
  • Passport copy

Language requirements

International students applying for the doctoral programme must demonstrate their proficiency in the English language with an internationally recognised academic language test report . TUT has the same gereral language requirements for all the doctoral programmes, and they are described on the Language Requirements page. The acceptable tests and their minimum scores for the doctoral programmes are:

Application and selection criteria

Eligibility for academic post-graduate degree studies is outlined in the Universities Act and in TUT's Degree Regulations. In addition to the general rules and regulations, faculties and doctoral programmes can set additional selection criteria and require supplementary studies to ensure that applicants have sufficient skills to participate in the degree programme.

Students accepted in the doctoral programme of CEE usually complete the degree of D. Sc. in Technology. In order to gain support for the doctoral study application, the candidate should have sufficient basic knowledge of the field of research specified in the application. In other cases special circumstances may be taken into account. In addition to the above, the suitability of doctoral study applicants is assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Previous study results
  • Suitability of the research topic: focusing on a discipline represented in the faculty's post-graduate offering
  • Research plan: theoretical and practical novelty value of the research
  • Feasibility of the research plan (quality, realism, orderliness, etc.)
  • Time and resources available for doctoral studies: feasibility of the study plan and time available for studies in the next four years
  • Researcher potential and earlier research experience, such as work in the field of research, conference presentations, articles, etc.
  • Other grounds presented by the applicant.

Furthermore, the availability of doctoral student supervision resources at the faculty is taken into account when considering the granting of study rights.

Updated by: Elina Orava, 18.12.2017 14:36.
Content owner: Orava Elina
Keywords: education and studies, science and research