Engineering and Natural Sciences - Tampere University of Technology

Doctoral Program in Engineering and Natural Sciences

The Faculty of Natural Sciences has a strong commitment to the highest level of scientific research, providing high-qualified and managed doctoral education. The main principle is to educate students who have strong basis in natural sciences and mathematics. Departments of the faculty are making internationally  highly esteemed practical, theoretical and computational research and interdisciplinarity is encouraged. Doctoral studies in the programme gives excellent readiness to work as a researcher and a specialist in the own field in industry or in the public sector.

The Doctoral Program in Engineering and Natural Sciences offers the possibility to complete the postgraduate degrees of Licentiate of Science (Tech), Doctor of Science (Tech) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the following research fields:

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Energy Technology
  • Environmental Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics.



The faculty conducts high-quality research in an extremely wide range of areas. This is evident in the fact that the faculty produces a significant portion of the university's publications and that its research touches upon all the strategic profile areas of TUT, particularly light-based technologies and energy and eco-efficiency. The faculty's research teams host three ERC Advanced Grant Projects granted by the European Research Council, which represent the highest quality research in Europe.

  • Centre of Excellence in Inverse Problems Research (2012–2017), coordinated by the University of Helsinki, TUT’s contact person is Mikko Kaasalainen 
  • Centre of Excellence in Computational Nanoscience (2012–2017), coordinated by Aalto University, TUT’s contact person is Jaakko Akola
  • Centre of Excellence in Biomembrane Research (2014–2019), coordinated by the University of Helsinki, TUT’s contact person is Ilpo Vattulainen


In the field of physics, the faculty conducts both basic research and applied research, including the transfer of research knowledge and results into the industrial sector. Research activities in the field of physics are divided into three strategically chosen research areas: Aerosol Physics, Computational Physics, and Optics and Photonics. The faculty's physics research has also resulted in the establishment of a number of spin-off enterprises, which have successfully commercialised research findings. Further information:


In the field of chemistry and bioengineering, the faculty conducts research and offers studies in chemistry, bioengineering, energy and biorefining, and environmental technology. The faculty's research groups share the common focus of developing new and sustainable concepts, processes and technologies for the utilisation of natural resources and renewable energy in accordance with the faculty's approved strategy, taking into account the needs of the employment sector. Further information:

Chemistry and Bioengineering

The faculty's research in mathematics focuses on the mathematics needed in engineering sciences, its theory and applications. The research conducted consists mainly of basic research, but applied research is also conducted. The main fields of research are mathematical analysis with applications, logics and discrete mathematics, and mathematical modelling. TUT is also home to the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Inverse Problems Research. Further information:



The Doctoral Program is administered by the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the head of the program is prof. Jukka Rintala.

The coordinator of the programme is Suvi-Päivikki Ikonen


Contact information:

Visiting address:

Tampere University of Technology
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Korkeakoulunkatu 3,
33720 Tampere

Postal address:
Tampere University of Technology
Faculty of Natural Sciences
P.O.Box 692
FI-33101 Tampere

Updated by: Suvi-Päivikki Ikonen, 30.01.2017 22:16.
Content owner: Ikonen Suvi-Päivikki
Keywords: education and studies, science and research