General information on applying General information on applying

  • Please return the application to LUT Doctoral School (office 2318).
  • Admissions for doctoral studies are granted by the vice rector, research and innovation.
  • 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, 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.

 

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.


The recommendation of LENS shall enter into force on 1 January, 2018 and it shall be applied to all persons who submit an application for the study right on the date above or thereafter.

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.
  • The applicant prepares the preliminary study plan together with the supervisor. When making the study plan please read the more specific information on studies.
  • 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).

The Contents of the Preliminary Study Plan

1.  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
     

2.   A brief outline of the research (see the example below), also including

  • a plan for publication (preliminary schedule, possible subject areas and publication channels)
  • a plan for financing (secured funding, funding to be applied) and
  • a supervision plan.

 

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

LUT Doctoral School model of a preliminary study plan (pdf, research plan and supervision plan included, updated 12.7.2018), Word-version

Research Fields Research Fields

The research fields available for doctoral studies are defined by the academic units.  

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

LUT Doctoral School recommends that 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.

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

LUT Doctoral School recommendations for good supervision practices of doctoral students