General information on applying General information on applying

  • There are no specified application periods to apply for the study right. Instead, applications for the doctoral study right can be submitted as soon as the application package is complete and fulfills the requirements set for applying.
  • The applicant contacts the potential primary supervisor in the research field well in advance to discuss the research idea and the plan for doctoral studies and research. If the professor is in favour of starting doctoral studies, the application is then submitted to LUT Doctoral School. LUT Doctoral School checks the application package and the attachments.
  • The head of the doctoral programme evaluates the application package as a whole and gives a statement on the application.
  • The vice rector for research and innovation decides on the admission after receiving the statement of the doctoral programme.
  • The decision on the study right will be sent by regular mail. Please make sure that you give full details of your valid postal address in the application.


If you are also employed by LUT University, see the information package for international staff on LUT web pages.

Having an employment relationship as a junior researcher does not give the study right; instead, it has to be applied separately. The doctoral study right must be secured within a year of the start of the employment relationship.

Doctoral Programme in Energy Systems

Evaluation Criteria

  • Previous academic performance: the grade of the thesis included in the higher university degree has to be  at least  very good (4) or equivalent. In addition, the weighted mean of the higher university degree has to be at least 3.0 or equivalent. If the applicant does not meet the previously mentioned criteria, the supervisor is obliged to give a statement of the applicant's suitability for pursuing doctoral studies.
  • Research topic: the suitability with the focus area of the university/department
  • Research plan: the quality and the feasibility (time management, resources available)
  • Supervision: the availability of qualified supervision and its resources

 

LUT School of Energy Systems/strong recommendation

LUT School of Energy Systems (LES) strongly recommends that before the submission of the application for doctoral studies in the Doctoral Programme in Energy Systems (Electrical Engineering, Energy Market and Solar Economy, Energy Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Sustainability Science) the applicant should have studied at least 10 ECTS credits of studies suitable for the doctoral degree (for example doctoral courses, literature studies or Master-courses that are marked as being suitable for doctoral studies). In addition, the applicant should show evidence on publication activity.

  • Studies - these are agreed on with the supervisor-to-be. Studies can be pursued by using a so called separate study right (can be applied for individual courses) or as agreed with the supervisor.
  • Publication activity - one article submitted to a scientific journal or one conference article submitted for review (journal/conference Publication Forum, level 1-3). This article/conference paper should be on the topic of the dissertation. Please attach the article/conference paper into your application package. In case you are not the first author, also give an explanation of your contribution.

 

Doctoral Programme in Engineering Science

Evaluation Criteria (applies to the research fields of Green Chemical Technology, Computational Science and Technical Physics)

  • Previous academic performance: the grade of the thesis included in the higher university degree has to be at least very good (4) or equivalent. In addition, the weighted mean of the higher university degree has to be at least 3.0 or equivalent. If the applicant does not meet the previously mentioned criteria, the supervisor is obliged to give a statement of the applicant's suitability for pursuing doctoral studies.
  • Research topic: the suitability with the focus area of the university/department
  • Research plan: the quality and the feasibility (time management, resources available)
  • Supervision: the availability of qualified supervision and its resources

 

LUT School of Engineering Science/strong recommendation

LUT School of Engineering Science (LENS) strongly recommends that before the submission of the application for doctoral studies in the Doctoral Programme in Engineering Science (in the research fields of Green Chemical Technology, Computational Science and Technical Physics) the applicant should have studied at least 10 ECTS credits of studies suitable for the doctoral degree (for example doctoral courses, literature studies or Master-courses that are marked as being suitable for doctoral studies). In addition, the applicant should show evidence on publication activity.

  • Studies - these are agreed on with the supervisor-to-be. Studies can be pursued by using a so called separate study right (can be applied for individual courses) or as agreed with the supervisor.
  • Publication activity - one article submitted to a scientific journal (Publication Forum, level 1-3) or one conference article submitted for review. This article/conference paper should be on the topic of the dissertation. Please attach the article/conference paper into your application package. In case you are not the first author, also give an explanation of your contribution.


 

Application and Attachments Application and Attachments

Application Form

The applicant fills in the application form and acquires the necessary signatures and attachments, which are listed in the application form. A CV is an optional attachment but may in some cases be required especially from candidates already in working life.

Please make use of the LUT Doctoral School model for the preliminary research and study plan (pdf, Word-version).

The applicant prepares the preliminary research and study plan together with the supervisor. The plan has to be approved by all the supervisors-to-be.
Please note! Applicants for Green Chemical Technology research field (LENS): two supervisors must be proposed for each applicant.

The target time for doctoral studies is four years and they should be scheduled accordingly. If the studying time is expected to be longer, please clarify the reason in the study plan (e.g. stuying part-time while working).

When making the study plan please read the more specific information on studies.

The Contents of the Preliminary Research and Study Plan

1.  A brief outline of the research

2.  A plan for financing (secured funding, funding to be applied)

3.  Publication plan (preliminary schedule, possible subject areas and publication channels)

4.  Studies to be included in the degree
  • the areas of study
  • the basis of evaluation (an exam, a literature review, etc.)
  • the extent of each area of study in ECTS credits
  • a preliminary timetable for the completion of each area of study - LUT Doctoral School recommends that the studies should be completed during the first two years of studying
     

5.  Supervision plan

Please attach the submitted articles/conference papers into your application package (see the LES and LENS recommendations). In case you are not the first author, also give an explanation of your contribution.

The applicants of the research fields of Industrial Engineering and Management and Software Engineering, please see instructions here.

Research Fields Research Fields

The research field is the topic area of the studies, which is specified in the application for doctoral studies. The majority of the doctoral studies and the dissertation deal with the student's research field.

Doctoral Programme in Energy Systems:
Electrical Engineering, Energy Market and Solar Economy, Energy Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Sustainability Science

Doctoral Programme in Engineering Science:
Computational Science, Green Chemical Technology, Technical Physics, Industrial Engineering and Management, Software Engineering

Supervision Plan Supervision Plan

A supervision plan is made at the very beginning of the doctoral studies. The plan helps to communicate the general principles of good supervision and offers a tool to outline the supervision process from the student's and the supervisor's point of view.

The supervision plan also explains the responsibilities of the student, the supervisor(s) and other possible parties involved. LUT Doctoral School recommends that two supervisors are appointed for each doctoral student.

The supervision plan is part of the preliminary research and study plan that is submitted in the application package.

LUT Doctoral School recommendations for good supervision practices of doctoral students