Doctoral studies (PhD) - Tampere University of Technology

Doctoral education

TUT awards the following postgraduate degrees: Licentiate of Science (Technology/Architecture), Doctor of Science (Technology/Architecture) and Doctor of Philosophy. The application process takes place through the University’s doctoral programmes. Doctoral students need a supervisor who oversees their progress toward the degree.


The normative time-to-degree for full-time doctoral students is four years. Part-time students may take longer to complete the degree. Obtaining a doctorate should not take longer than eight years.

The requirements for the degrees Licentiate of Science, Doctor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy include at least 40 credits of postgraduate studies and either a licentiate thesis or a doctoral dissertation.

The structure of postgraduate degrees is as follows:

  • major subject studies, minimum 25 credits
  • general scientific studies, minimum 5 credits

Doctoral dissertation

To earn doctorate, students must complete a doctoral dissertation and defend it in a public examination. Students prepare a dissertation to demonstrate their ability to produce new scientific knowledge. Writing a dissertation requires that the student is capable of conducting independent scientific research.


Postgraduate studies can be financed in a variety of ways. Admittance does not guarantee funding. Students are recommended to contact their supervisor before starting their postgraduate studies to discuss their funding options.

TUT runs an internal funding programme that covers all the disciplines represented at the University but places emphasis on strategic research areas, a multidisciplinary approach and internationality. Students who are admitted to the programme receive funding for completing a doctoral degree primarily in four years. To receive funding through the programme, applicants must gain admission to one of TUT’s faculty-specific doctoral programmes.

Many postgraduate students at TUT have flexibly combined their work with doctoral studies by conducting research related to their work. Employers often encourage their employees to continue their studies as far as a doctoral degree, as research conducted by an employee provides the company with the latest possible knowledge and perhaps even new products, production methods or improved systems.

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Updated by: Satu Kantti, 07.12.2017 14:23.
Content owner: Juslin Anu
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