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.
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.
An ethical review or statement needed? The contact person at LUT is Ms. Victoria Kompanets; further information is available on LUT intranet.
The Finnish Publication Forum
The plan for funding must be included in the study plan. There are different possibilities to finance one's doctoral studies:
- working as a junior researcher at LUT
- applying for scholarships, more information for example:
Aurora-tietokanta (Aurora database, in Finnish)
Council of Finnish foundations (in Finnish)
Research foundation of LUT
- working outside LUT, in which case studying is part-time
- the Academy of Finland also offers funding for different stages of the researcher's career, see Academy of Finland web pages
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)