Degree programme

Doctoral Programme in Built Environment


Constructive criticism and new knowledge

The Doctoral Programme in Built Environment provides students with excellent research skills and in-depth expertise in their field.

Our students choose between research fields

  • architecture and urban planning and design (research areas: management of built heritage, architectural design, and urban planning and design)
  • civil and infrastructure engineering (research areas: structural engineering, construction management and economics, infrastructure engineering, and transport systems)

Doctoral education allows students to acquire more in-depth scientific knowledge and more extensive skills in research and their practical application than master's programmes. Research training, which focuses on research and its practical application, is a key element of doctoral education. High-quality research is an integral part of doctoral education and research training. Upon completion of the programme, our graduates typically go on to pursue research and teaching careers in universities and research institutions or expert and management careers in the private and public sectors.

Degree earned

Filosofian tohtori
Doctor of Science (Tech)


Postgraduate degree

Planned duration

4 years




Hervanta Campus

Study objectives

The objective of the Doctoral Programme in the Built Environment is to train professional researchers and versatile problem-solvers in the fields of civil and infrastructure engineering and architecture and urban planning and design. The doctoral studies offered under the programme aim to provide students with deeper scientific knowledge and skills for research and applied practical work than master's degree studies. A key part of the doctoral studies is research training, meaning studies that aim to provide students with the ability to conduct research and apply research findings in practice. High-quality research is an essential precondition for doctorate and research studies.

 A student who completes the programme:

  • has a deep understanding of their own field of research and its social significance.
  • has acquired the readiness to independently and critically apply scientific research methods and the ability to produce new scientific knowledge.
  • has familiarised themselves with the development, fundamental questions and research methods of their own field of research.
  • has achieved a level of understanding in regard to general scientific theory and other fields related to their own field of research that enables them to follow the development of these fields.
  • has achieved adequate communications and language skills and other preparedness to work in broad and demanding expert and development positions and engage in international cooperation.

Furthermore, the student

  • has a deep understanding of scientific research in the subject matter area of their doctoral dissertation
  • is able to make justifiable choices in regard to the content of their doctoral dissertation
  • is able to critically analyse prior scientific research
  • is able to write in accordance with good scientific practices

Study contents

The Doctoral Programme in the Built Environment offers the possibility to complete the doctoral degrees of Licentiate of Science in Technology (Lic.Sc. (Tech.)), Doctor of Science in Technology (D.Sc. (Tech.)), Doctor of Science in Architecture (D.Sc. (Arch.)), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Students wishing to pursue a Licentiate or Doctor of Science (Tech.) degree must hold a Master of Science degree. Students wishing to pursue a Doctor of Science (Arch.) degree must hold a Master's degree in Architecture. Students who hold some other academic degree graduate from the programme as Doctors of Philosophy. Every doctoral student's personal research and study plans are developed in co-operation with the supervisor. The target completion time of the programme for full-time students is four years.

The Doctoral Programme in the Built Environment offers doctoral studies in the following research fields:

  • Architecture and Urban Planning and Design
    • Research areas: management of built heritage, architectural design, and urban planning and design
  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
    • Research areas: structural engineering, construction management and economics, infrastructure engineering, and transport systems

Tuition fees

There are no tuition fees for doctoral programmes at TUNI. Thus TUNI does not have a scholarship system for international doctoral students. Doctoral studies can be financed in a variety of ways. Students are recommended to discuss their funding options with their supervisor before starting their doctoral studies.

The Faculty may have some salaried positions for doctoral students. These positions must be applied for separately and are announced on the TUNI Vacancies page.

Doctoral students are not eligible to the same student benefits as Bachelor and Master students. Thus living expenses, including lunches and travelling, are higher.

After the right to study has been granted, the Finnish Immigration Service expects all new students from non-EU/EEA countries to apply for a residence permit. At that stage, the students must be able to show to the Finnish Immigration Service that they have a minimum of c. 6 800 euros for the first year of studies or a scholarship to support themselves during the studies. Also a health insurance is needed.

Structure of studies

In order to complete a doctoral degree, a student admitted for doctoral studies must:

1) complete the required doctoral studies;
2) demonstrate independent and critical thinking in their field of research; and
3) write a doctoral dissertation and defend it in public

Carefully read through the admissions requirements before applying. For additional questions on applying, application documents and application process, please email: ben.doc.tau(a)tuni.fi..


Doctoral Programme in the Built Environment
Doctoral Admission April 2019
1 - 30 April 2019

Eligibility criteria

General eligibility for scientific doctoral studies is stipulated in the University Act (2009/558, Paragraph 37). The university can admit to a doctoral programme an applicant who has completed

  • a relevant Master's degree awarded by a university,
  • a relevant Master's degree awarded by a university of applied sciences, or
  • a relevant applicable study programme abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for the corresponding level of higher education
  • whom the university otherwise deems to possess sufficient knowledge and skills for doctoral education in the field of studies in question.

Language skill requirements

International students applying for the doctoral programme must demonstrate their proficiency in the English language with an internationally recognised academic language test report. The acceptable tests and their minimum scores for the doctoral programmes are:

A plain photocopy of the test score is enough regarding IELTS and Cambridge Language Certificate (Proficiency CPE or Advanced CAE) scores. For Cambridge Language Certificate (Proficiency CPE or Advanced CAE), please include your secret code. The PTE and TOEFL scores must arrive from the testing organisation. The TOEFL reporting number of the Tampere University of Technology is 0599. The new Tampere University does not yet have its own code during the current admission period, so please use the old code.

Exemptions to the language requirements

The doctoral programme may consider exemptions from submitting a certificate of language proficiency if you have completed a degree taught in English at an institution of higher education located in the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or in an EU/EAA member state. You must have resided in the country while studying.

Admission procedure

Application assessment is based on the following criteria:

  • The research plan’s scientific quality, relevance and realism
  • Suitability of MSc degree and research topic for doctoral studies
  • Availability of qualified supervision
  • The applicant’s knowledge and skills, the sufficient grade of MSc thesis and the required language skills
  • Supporting statement of the supervisor

How to apply

Application periods and how to apply

The Doctoral Programme in the Built Environment accepts new doctoral students twice a year. Admission deadlines are decided upon each year.

The spring 2019 application period ends on 30 April at 15:00. The applications are submitted through electronic application system at studyinfo.fi. A link to the application form is available during the application period.

The processing time for applications is about two months. Applicants will be informed of the decisions via email. Please note that there is no funding connected with being accepted to the programme.

Responsible supervisor and co-supervisor(s)

In order to be able to hand in the application the candidate needs to have your his/her research plan approved by one of our professors, who would also have to agree to act as the candidate's responsible supervisor during the studies. (The doctoral programme’s list of supervisors, pdf)

The professor responsible for the discipline in question discusses the study-related plans with the candidate and determines whether the candidate has sufficient, relevant basic knowledge of the field of research. If necessary, the professor can set certain additional prerequisites for doctoral studies. Based on this overall estimation, the professor grants or declines support to the application. Please note that the professor's support does not guarantee admission!

When contacting one of our professors, please include some information about your planned research, information about your master's degree and a CV.

Application and required documents

All requested enclosures must be submitted with the application in the electronic application system “Studyinfo.fi”. The copies of the degree certificate, transcript of records and their translations into English must be authenticated by a public notary, the Finnish Embassy/Consulate or the institution that issued the original document with an institutional stamp on the documents. For some countries, there are country-specific document requirements that must be followed.

  • research plan for doctoral studies (pdf)
  • a study plan for doctoral studies
    The study plan indicates your study objectives and a preliminary plan (incl. timetable) to reach those objectives through studies. Both major studies and general scientific studies are included in the plan.  Studies may e.g. consist of courses and/or literature reviews, but only doctoral level studies may be included in the plan. The study plan is drafted in co-operation with the supervisor and should be specified at the beginning of the studies. For more information on the degree structure what kind of studies may be included in the degree, please see the programme’s guidelines (pdf).
  • a free form statement by the supervisor of your studies
  • copy of your MSc/BSc degree certificates incl transcripts of all university records and its/their English translations (if the original documents are in a language other than Finnish or English)
  • a Diploma Supplement (DS) as approved by the EU Commission for degrees completed in European universities (when applicable)
  • a certificate of proficiency in the English language for students whose first language is not English or Finnish
  • a preliminary plan for financing your studies (if not included in the research plan)
  • a portfolio (for architecure applicants, only if required by the potential supervisor)
  • (any other material complementing the application)

Non-Finnish applicants please include

  • a copy of your international passport
  • a curriculum vitae

Admission results and appeals

The selections made in spring 2019 are announced by 14 June, 2019

An applicant who is dissatisfied with the student selection may submit a written request for reconsideration. Such requests must be submitted within 14 days of the declared announcement date. The request, together with the reasons, shall be addressed to: Tampere University, Faculty of Built Environment, tau@tuni.fi.

One study place per term provision

A person accepted at a Finnish university or a polytechnic may accept only one study place in a degree programme leading to a higher education degree during one academic term.

Confirmation of the right to enrol

To maintain your right to enrol in the degree programme, you must fill in and deliver the confirmation form you receive from the University of Tampere. The confirmation must reach Tampere University by 11 July 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time, at the latest. If your confirmation has not arrived by the date indicated above, you will lose your right to enrol in the degree programme.


New doctoral students must enrol at the Student Affairs Office. More detailed instructions on enrolment are enclosed with the letter of acceptance. Before enrolling, a new doctoral student must present at the Faculty office the original certificates and transcript for the degrees and studies he/she has referred to in his/her application and their authorised translations in English, if the originals are in another language.

Doctoral students are required to re-enrol at the beginning of each academic year according to instructions given by the University. Only students enrolled as 'present' may pursue studies at the University.

Doctoral students who fail to enrol either as 'present' or 'absent' within the given deadline will lose their right to study and their right to use the computer services provided by the University. Should students later wish to continue their studies, they must make a written request to the Faculty requesting re-admission.