Degrees and Research Fields Degrees and Research Fields

The holders of Master's degree have the possibility to complete the postgraduate degrees of

Licentiate of Science (Technology) - Doctor of Science (Technology)
Licentiate of Science (Economics and Business Administration) - Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration)
Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral education is offered in the following research fields:

  • Energy Engineering, Energy Market and Solar Economy, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Sustainability Science (Doctoral Programme in Energy Systems)
  • Computational Science, Green Chemical Technology, Technical Physics (Doctoral Programme in Engineering Science)
  • Economics and Business Administration, Industrial Engineering and Management, Software Engineering (Doctoral Programme in Business and Management)

In addition to doctoral studies, the doctoral degree also includes writing a dissertation that is defended publicly in a public examination.

The doctoral degree requires approximately four years of full-time studies. The Licentiate degree usually requires two years of full-time studies. Education leading to a doctoral degree at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) is planned and organised for specific research fields. LUT also has double doctoral degree agreements with some partner universities abroad.

LUT aims at admitting skilled, motivated students who have the aptitude for a career in research and other demanding expert tasks, who are committed to their doctoral studies and research and who have sufficient skills in research.

In addition to the educational background of the applicant, also the availability of supervision and/or financial resources and the suitability of the expertise of supervisors available have an impact on the selection of doctoral students. Please see Application Procedure and Supervision.

There are no tuition fees concerning doctoral education.

One study place per term provision

According to one study place per term provision, a student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term. This rule applies to all higher education also including studies for Licentiate and Doctoral degrees awarded by Finnish universities. The academic terms run from 1 August to 31 December and 1 January to 31 July.

The provision does not prevent acceptance of a place in another degree programme during another academic term. Even if the student postpones the commencement of studies, or interrupts his/her studies, that student cannot accept another study place for a degree programme starting in the same academic term.

Research Ethics and Publishing Research Ethics and Publishing

Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) requires all researchers to comply with good scientific practice when conducting or publishing research. The university has issued the LUT Code of Conduct, the purpose of which is to assure that each member of the academic community is aware of the essential requirements of e.g. legislation, agreements and ethics.

Through the LUT Code of Conduct, the university is also committed to the guidelines of Responsible Conduct of Research and Procedures for Handling Allegations of Misconduct in Finland produced by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity. The document defines good scientific practice and violations of it in multidisciplinary terms.

An ethical review or statement needed? The contact person at LUT is Ms. Victoria Kompanets; further information is available on LUT intranet.
According to the LUT strategy, research articles should be published in top international scientific journals classified by the Finnish Publication Forum Project. The aim of the Publication Forum Project has been to create a system in which scientific publication activity can be evaluated on the basis of quality, not only quantity. The classification is suited for the evaluation of large publication quantities, such as all works published by a university, but not for the evaluation of an individual researcher. It can also be used for comparisons between publications in the same discipline but not for interdisciplinary comparisons.

The Finnish Publication Forum

Open Positions at LUT Open Positions at LUT

Open job positions are advertised on the university web page.

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Funding for Studies Funding for Studies

The plan for funding must be included in the study plan. There are different possibilities to finance one's doctoral studies:

Doctoral Studies at LUT Doctoral Studies at LUT

Doctoral Studies at LUT is an English summary of instructions on doctoral studies available in Uni. It is aimed at those who are interested in doctoral studies or who are just starting their studies. The printed version is available at Doctoral School office (office 2318).

Doctoral Studies at LUT (pdf, updated September 2017)

The course of studies

The attached chart illustrates the course of studies from application to graduation.

The course of doctoral studies