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

at Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT.

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, Industrial Engineering and Management, Software Engineering, Technical Physics (Doctoral Programme in Engineering Science)
  • Economics and Business Administration (Doctoral Programme in Business and Management)

The doctoral degree requires approximately four years of full-time studies. The Licentiate degree usually requires two years of full-time studies. In addition to doctoral studies (min. 40 ECTS cr), the doctoral degree also includes writing a dissertation that is defended publicly in a public examination.

LUT University also has double doctoral degree and cotutelle agreements with its partner universities abroad.

The university 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. A student may simultaneously have one degree programme in technology and one degree programme in business studies at Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT.

Research Ethics and Publishing Research Ethics and Publishing

Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT requires all researchers to comply with good scientific practice when conducting or publishing research. 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 National Board on Research Integrity (TENK). The document defines good scientific practice and violations of it in multidisciplinary terms.

International editions (Chinese, Spanish, Russian) on responsible conduct of research guidelines are available on the web pages of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK).

Ms. Victoria Kompanets is the TENK research integrity advisor at LUT University. Her  tasks include giving advice to researchers and other staff at LUT University. The discussion with the adviser is absolutely confidential. You may contact the advisor, for example, in case there is a suspicion of a violation of responsible conduct of research or if you have been suspected of a violation yourself. Ms. Kompanets is also the contact person in case an ethical review or statement is needed. Further information is available on LUT intranet.

Publishing research results

According to the LUT University strategy, research articles should be published in top international scientific journals classified by The Finnish Publication Forum (JUFO). It is a classification of publication channels created by the Finnish scientific community to support the quality assessment of academic research.

Further information Further information

Doctoral Studies at LUT -  a summary in English for 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).

The course of doctoral studies - from application to graduation

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:


See also further information on LUT intranet (restricted access)