LUT Doctoral School and Doctoral Programmes LUT Doctoral School and Doctoral Programmes

All doctoral students of the university belong to LUT Doctoral School (LUT DS), which coordinates doctoral education at LUT University. The doctoral progammes of LUT DS are introduced in more detail on the university web pages

Doctoral Programme in Energy Systems - person in charge Professor Juha Pyrhönen (deputy: Professor Heikki Handroos)

Doctoral Programme in Engineering Science - person in charge Professor Bernardo Barbiellini (deputy: Professor Janne Huiskonen)

Doctoral Programme in Business and Management - person in charge Professor Paavo Ritala (deputy: Professor Tanja Leppäaho)

The academic units and doctoral programmes are responsible for education and supervision. The office staff of LUT DS gives advice on study administrative issues from application to graduation.

The roles of LUT DS and doctoral programmes

LUT DS Events LUT DS Events

LUT Doctoral School, in co-operation with other units organizes training and info sessions aimed at all doctoral students of LUT University. It is also possible participate in most of the events virtually (Zoom, Teams).

LUT Mentoring Programme for Doctoral Students LUT Mentoring Programme for Doctoral Students

The mentoring programme brings doctoral students (mentees) and more experienced professionals with doctoral degrees (mentors) together. A mentor and mentee confidentially discuss career and study related issues, in which the mentor can support and guide their mentee. Mentoring aims to help students to understand their abilities: competencies, strengths, potential and skills, and to form an identity as a highly educated professional. It may also help with the transition in the working life to professional environments different from academia. Mentoring may also help with professional networking. However, it is not a recruitment channel or a prolonged job interview.

Willingness to open different discussions concerning working life and professional growth and the ability to give and get feedback enable a successful mentoring relationship.

Doctoral students who have reached the midway of their studies may apply for the programme. The mentors will be seeked out especially among LUT University doctoral alumni.

The core of mentoring is in several private meetings between the mentor and mentee, e.g. once or twice a month during the 7 month programme. In addition to these meetings, LUT University will arrange three common meetings to all mentors and mentees; kick-off meeting, check point meeting and end of the programme meeting.

The schedule for the next programme round is open due to restrictions caused by COVID-19.

Programme in spring 2019

Good Practices and Recommendations of LUT Doctoral School Good Practices and Recommendations of LUT Doctoral School

Admission Procedure and Criteria

  • The admission criteria are transparent and informed in detail to potential applicants.
  • The application procedure follows the same basic steps in all schools.
  • All information on doctoral education at LUT University is available in Finnish and English in the student portal Uni.


  • Two supervisors are appointed for each student and supervisory groups are nominated where applicable (recommendation).
  • A supervision plan is prepared to determine the rights and responsibilities of the student and the supervisor/s.
  • The number of students supervised by an individual supervisor is monitored (recommendation maximum 10 students per supervisor). However, the fluency of supervision is the key issue, not the number of students.
  • Practical issues and targets for the first year are agreed at the beginning of doctoral studies. This can be done by using the supervision plan, which is part of the preliminary research and study plan (see LUT Doctoral School model)
  • At least twice a year the supervisor and the doctoral student have a target discussion, in which the student presents the updated research and study plan. The supervisor and the student also go through the progress made and agree on future targets for the next phase. In addition, the appointment for the next discussion is fixed. A doctoral research assessment tool is a helpful tool to use in the discussions.

 Monitoring and Support

  • The target time set by the university for the completion of the doctoral degree is four years and the studies are scheduled accordingly.
  • Part-time studies are also possible, in which case the duration of the studies is to be tailored to correspond to four years of full-time study.
  • During the studies the student updates the research and study plans drawn up at the application stage. The final check and acceptance of the studies for graduation is done before the beginning of the dissertation process.
  • The doctoral programmes follow the progress of their doctoral students regularly.
  • Doctoral students have representatives in the steering group of LUT Doctoral School. In addition, doctoral programmes/schools can have tutors to help doctoral students.
  • The networking of doctoral students is supported by e.g. joint courses and workshops and by cooperating with national doctoral programmes.
  • It is recommeneded that an exchange period abroad is included in doctoral studies to enhance the internationalisation of doctoral students.

Quality evaluation

  • The quality assessment of doctoral education as a whole takes place as part of the quality system audit of LUT University (external/internal).
  • Manuscripts of all dissertations are submitted to the Dissertation Committee of LUT University before the decision on starting the examination process is made.


  • LUT DS gathers feedback on supervision and studies from the doctoral students during their studies. This is done every second year in May-June.
  • Each doctoral graduate also has the possibility to give feedback on doctoral education and services offered by LUT University in connection with the graduation process.
  • In addition, feedback is received via doctoral student representatives of the LUT DS steering group.
  • The feedback is handled by the LUT DS steering group and necessary actions are agreed upon.

Complaints/Correction Requests

  • Possible difficulties in supervision should be discussed first with the person responsible for the doctoral programme or with the dean of the school. At the university level the contact person is the head of LUT Doctoral School, i.e. Vice Rector, Research and Innovation.
  • Possible complaints or correction requests are handled according to the LUT Degree Regulations.