Planning the Dissertation Process Planning the Dissertation Process

When you start planning your dissertation process check the important dates (Dissertation Committee and Academic Council meetings and deadlines) below.

Autumn 2020

You can read more about the dissertation process from the Dissertation process booklet (PDF), which is written by the LUT Doctoral School, the LUT Academic Library and the LUT University Press. Note! The booklet is currently being updated (September 2020), regarding the required documents for starting the dissertation process, so please read those instructions from this Uni page instead.

Please note! Doctoral students have to enrol for the academic year (attending/non-attending) every year. Enrolment is obligatory even if the student does not take any courses during the academic year. Starting the dissertation process or graduation is not possible without being enrolled as an attending student for the academic year.

Enrolment is open during May-August, please see further information.

LUT University Dissertation Regulations

Study carefully the instructions concerning dissertations (valid from 1.8.2020).

Please note that before submitting the manuscript to the Dissertation Committee content and layout of the manuscript should be in its final form. This means for example that the language check must already be done.

A dissertation template (Word, LaTex) can be found on the LUT Academy Library website (link to the www-pages).

Approval of Studies for Graduation

The final check of studies is done at LUT Doctoral School before the manuscript of the dissertation is submitted for preliminary examination. Possible supplementary studies (extra studies required) have to be completed before the start of the preliminary examination.

Please note! All the studies to be included in the doctoral degree have to be registered before the permission to print is given by the Academic Council.

Further instructions (please see section Approval of Doctoral Studies for Graduation).


The manuscript of the dissertation must be checked with Turnitin (a web-based service for checking the originality of the text). Please note that it is done early enough before submitting the manuscript to the Dissertation Committee.

The student takes care of submitting material for the check by using a Moodle-course (Turnitin check for doctoral students YEAR). The supervisor is responsible for the interpretation of the originality report. This course is available by self-enrollment for checking the work.

Further information and technical support Moodle-course:  opetushelp(at)

Dissertation Committee Members and Meetings Dissertation Committee Members and Meetings

The Dissertation Committee gives a statement on the manuscript of the dissertation and makes the decision to initiate the dissertation process and appoint preliminary examiners.

Meeting Deadline
Tuesday 25.8. at 13 Monday 17.8. at noon
Thursday 17.9. at 10 Tuesday 1.9. at noon
Tuesday 13.10. at 13 Monday 28.9 at noon
Tuesday 3.11. at 10 Monday 19.10. at noon
Thursday 3.12. at 10 Tuesday 17.11. at noon

The Vice Rector for Research and Innovation, Professor Jari Hämäläinen acts as the chair of the Dissertation Committee, and Professor Kaisu Puumalainen is the vice chair.

Full members (2019-2022)

Deputy members (2019-2022)

Prof. Kaisu Puumalainen
(Economics and Business Administration)

Prof. Kirsimarja Blomqvist
(Economics and Business Administration)

Prof. Pertti Silventoinen
(Electrical Engineering, Energy Market and Solar Economy)

Prof. Aki Mikkola
(Mechanical Engineering)

Prof. Kari Ullakko (Technical Physics)

Prof. Janne Huiskonen (Industrial Engineering and Management)

The presenting officials from other research fields:

  • Prof. Esa Vakkilainen (Energy Engineering)
  • Prof. Jari Porras (Software Engineering) as of November 15, 2019
  • Prof. Risto Soukka (Sustainability Science)
  • Prof. Mika Mänttäri (Green Chemical Technology)
  • Prof. Lasse Lensu (Computational Science)

Meeting preparations are done at LUT Doctoral School (office 2318).

Documents Required

The student submits to LUT Doctoral School (see contact information)

  • the manuscript in electronic format (single PDF-document). In an article-based dissertation all publications must be included. 
  • application for starting the dissertation process including signatures of all officially appointed supervisors
  • clarification of those articles, which have been included in another scientific postgraduate degree thesis (if applicable). The clarification must include the following information: which articles are in question, whose thesis have the articles been published in, where and when have they been published. In addition, it must be clearly specified what has been your own contribution to these articles as well as the contribution of the other authors, who have used the article in their thesis. Such authors must also give their permission to include the article in your dissertation.


Please make sure that the information in the manuscript concerning the supervisors (including supervisors' organisations) are correct.

The supervisor submits

  • the proposal for preliminary examiners (instructions, link to intranet)

After the meeting LUT Doctoral School delivers the preliminary examiners

  • an announcement of the decision
  • an electronic version of the dissertation manuscript
  • general instructions concerning the preliminary examination and the dissertation process
  • the forms regarding the reward for the examination work

The preliminary statements are submitted to LUT Doctoral School. Based on the statements from the preliminary examiners, the Academic Council will decide on granting the permission to print the dissertation.

Research Ethics Issues

If you need an ethical review or statement for your research, please contact Ms. Victoria Kompanets. Further information is available on LUT intranet.