Doctoral School of Industry Innovations - Tampere University of Technology

Boosting industrial competitiveness through doctoral education

Companies need doctoral graduates who have the ability to apply research knowledge in business contexts, possess excellent communication skills, and maintain a broad network of contacts as they pursue challenging expert careers. The Doctoral School of Industry Innovations (DSII) at Tampere University of Technology (TUT) employs the latest innovation methods and fosters active university-industry collaboration. Our doctoral students develop a strong set of skills, enabling them to conduct agile, customer-oriented research, development and business.     

"DSII combines scientific research with
R&D and business and demonstrates
how university-industry collaboration works at its best.
This is just what we need.”

Jani Vilenius,
Director, Research and Technology,
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology

What we offer to companies:

  • Broad pool of talent for filling challenging expert positions
  • We solve research problems that have an impact on the future competitiveness of companies
  • We provide access to the latest research knowledge

What we offer to doctoral students:  

  • Combination of research and work
  • Four-year employment contracts
  • Our students develop strong business skills and become familiar with the latest innovation methods
  • Our students join a community of experts made up by the partner companies and TUT

What we offer to TUT:

  • Systematic and long-term industry collaboration
  • We strengthen TUT’s reputation as a leading-edge university and a sought-after partner for industry and business



Innovative and agile doctoral graduates 

DSII offers companies a new avenue for improving their competitive position and renewing their business. DSII builds bridges between academia and industry and provides companies with access to the latest research knowledge and the opportunity to address research questions that are the key to developing their business activities.   

Our doctoral students are looking to pursue management and expert careers in industry, and they develop not only their scientific and technological competencies but also their innovation and communication skills throughout their studies. DSII offers doctoral students a unique opportunity to undertake dissertation research, gain a thorough understanding of innovation methods, tackle real-world business challenges and expand their professional networks.  

Topics from companies  ->  Open application  ->  Student admission  ->  Four-year contracts, TUT as the employer
->  Work and supervision: industry / academy / innovations  ->  Graduation  ->  Innovation work in industry


The doctoral students enrolled at DSII explore research questions provided by the partner companies. They pursue dissertation research at TUT and in the partner companies under the joint supervision of a TUT professor and a company representative. TUT hires the doctoral students to complete four-year dissertation projects sponsored by the partner companies. In addition, the doctoral students take part in workshops, events and innovation training hosted by the DSII community.

DSII invites applications from students and potential partner companies once a year and admits 6-10 new doctoral students each year. Companies propose new research topics at the beginning of each year, and new students are admitted in the autumn to start their studies in January.

Our current partner companies include, among others, Bosch Rexroth (Germany), Ekokumppanit, FIMA ry, Koja, Metsäteho, Parmaco, Sandvik, SSAB, Suomen Hyötytuuli, Vaisala, Volvo CE (Sweden) and Wärtsilä.

Further information:

Professor Seppo Tikkanen (TUT),, tel. +358 50 300 2173
Research Development Manager Anu Juslin (TUT),, tel. +358 50 300 9062
CEO Juha Leppänen (Tamlink, New Factory),, tel. +358 40 550 1516


DSII's partners in innovation and community activities and at the industry interface:


Updated by: Satu Kantti, 21.11.2017 16:08.
Content owner: Tikkanen Seppo
Keywords: education and studies, science and research, services and collaboration, doctoral school, doctoral students