LUT Doctoral School and Events LUT Doctoral School and Events

All doctoral students of the university belong to LUT Doctoral School (LUT DS), which covers all the disciplines of the university.

Doctoral education at LUT is coordinated by the doctoral school; 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

Events

LUT Doctoral School, in co-operation with other units organizes training and info sessions aimed at all doctoral students of LUT. In addition to Uni, information on the events is usually available in the LUT intranet and also via e-mail list of LUT doctoral students. It is also possible participate in most of the events virtually (via ACP).

Doctoral Programmes Doctoral Programmes

The doctoral progammes of LUT Doctoral School (LUT DS) operate within the three academic units of LUT. The doctoral programmes are introduced on the web pages of the university

Doctoral Programme in Energy Systems

Person responsible: Professor Juha Pyrhönen (deputy: Professor Heikki Handroos) - LUT School of Energy Systems

Doctoral Programme in Engineering Science

Person responsible: Professor Antti Häkkinen (deputy: Professor Heikki Haario) - LUT School of Engineering Science

Doctoral Programme in Business and Management

Person responsible: Professor Janne Huiskonen (deputy: Professor Asta Salmi) - LUT School of Business and Management
 

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 is available in Finnish and English in the student portal Uni.

 Supervision 

  • 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 followed (recommendation). However, the fluency of supervision is the key issue.
  • 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 study and research 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 study and research 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 study and research 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.

Evaluation

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

Feedback

  • 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 in connection with the graduation process.
  • In addition, feedback is received also 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 president for research.
  • Possible complaints or correction requests are handled according to the University Regulations on Education and the Completion of Studies.