Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management
Promoting the competitiveness of technology-centred business through research
The Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management provides students with excellent research skills, broad expertise in industrial engineering and management, and an in-depth understanding of information and knowledge management. Our students develop technological and business expertise that allows them to create new scientific knowledge and address societally significant challenges that require in-depth analysis. The programme is intended for applicants who hold a master's degree in technology, economics or an applicable field. In addition to graduates from the Master’s Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management and the Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Knowledge Management, the Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management attracts graduates with a degree in, for example, technology, business or economics.
We are seeking doctoral students with the potential to offer new research insights, contribute to the generation of new knowledge, address the challenges facing our society, and apply their knowledge in the different fields of technology and administration. After completing the programme, our graduates are awarded the degree of Doctor of Science in Technology and typically move into leadership roles in industry, research and teaching positions in universities or universities of applied sciences, or research and management positions in research institutions. Extensive career opportunities are also available for our graduates in industry and public administration.
The objective of the Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management is to train professional researchers and versatile problem-solvers to serve businesses and other facets of society. The Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management provides students with the expertise needed to conduct international research and work in nationally significant expert positions in the programme's fields of research. This scientific business and technology management expertise leads to the creation of new knowledge in the scientific community and promotes the solving of important social problems that require deep analysis.
Students who graduate with a doctoral degree in technology and wish to pursue a career in international research can look forward to working in research and teaching positions in universities and universities of applied sciences, as well as research and management positions in research institutions. Students who graduate with a licentiate or doctoral degree in technology and wish to pursue other expert, management or development tasks can look forward to a wide range of different career paths in the industrial sector and public administration.
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
The Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management 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.)) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Students wishing to pursue a Licentiate or Doctor of Science degree must hold a Master of Science degree. 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 responsible supervisor. The target completion time of the programme for full-time students is four years.
The Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management offers doctoral studies in the following research fields:
- Industrial Engineering and Management
- Information and Knowledge Management
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.
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
The programme's business and technology management research is multidisciplinary and internationally renowned.
Our research furthermore develops and produces solutions, knowledge and expertise for developing competitiveness in a technology-oriented, changing operating environment. The programme comprehensively researches the operation, value creation and transformation of systems that are made possible by and utilises technology (organisations and organisational networks) as part of society, as a social-technological-economic-ecological phenomenon in various business and technology operating environments.
Key focus areas are:
- innovations: new technologies and business models, their search, creation, implementation and dissemination; also strategic management and entrepreneurship
- operations: value-producing operations and systems and their management and development, including production, delivery networks, projects and services; also security and risk management
- information: information systems and streams as well as their management and development, people, information and expertise management, and profitability and financial management
- various combinations of the aforementioned themes.
Carefully read through the admissions requirements before applying. For additional questions on applying, application documents and application process, please email: ens.doc.tau(a)tuni.fi.
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.
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:
- IELTS Academic (min. score 6.5)
- TOEFL (min. score 92 in iBT and 580 in PBT)
- PTE Academic (min. score 62)
- Cambridge Language Certificate (Proficiency CPE or Advanced CAE) (min. score C)
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.
Exemption 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.
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
Application periods and how to apply
The Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management accepts new doctoral students twice a year. The autumn 2019 application period ends on 15 October at 15:00. Applications and eclosures are submitted through an 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 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! The programme supports that every PhD student has the supervisor and at least one co-supervisor.
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.
- a 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 study. Both major studies and general scientific studies are included in the plan. Studies may consist of courses 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
- a 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). If your previous education was completed in Finland, you do not have to submit officially attested copies.
- Educational documents from certain countries must be submitted in a particular way. Please read the country-specific requirements.
- a Diploma Supplement (DS) as approved by the EU Commission for degrees completed in European universities (when applicable)
- an official academic language test report of sufficient language skills in Finnish or English
- a preliminary plan for financing your studies (if not included in the research plan)
- (any other material complementing the application)
Non-Finnish applicants please include
- a copy of your international passport
- a curriculum vitae
More detailed instructions for applying to doctoral studies can be found on our web pages.
Officially certified educational documents
You must be able to prove your educational background by means of officially authenticated copies of your educational documents, if you have not completed your previous degrees in a Finnish university. If the documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, both the authenticated copies of the documents in their original language and an officially confirmed, complete and precise translation into one of the languages mentioned above are required.
In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents issued in certain countries have more specific requirements for submission. Please go through the requirements carefully and check the country- specific requirements for your degree awarding country before applying. Please send your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office.
If selected, you will have to present your original educational documents upon arrival at Tampere University in order to be able to register at the university.
Guidelines for the preliminary study plan
The studies of postgraduate degrees must total at least 40 credits, including the major subject (at least 25 credits), and general scientific studies (at least 5 credits). The course TRT-90006 Orientation to Doctoral Studies (3 credits) has to be included in the general scientific studies. Information about courses can be found in the course catalogue. Please note that all courses need to be suitable for post-graduate studies. This information is usually given in the course description in part "Additional information".
The doctoral programme processes applications twice a year, in April and in October. Applicants are notified of the decision within two months by email.
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 announcement date. The request, together with the reasons, shall be addressed to: Tampere University, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, email@example.com.
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 doctoral programme, you must accept the study place electronically through the link in your email notification. If you cannot accept the study place electronically, you must fill in and deliver the confirmation form to Tampere University by email or by post.
The confirmation must reach Tampere University by the date stated in the acceptance letter, 15.00 pm local time, at the latest. If your confirmation has not arrived by the date indicated above, you will lose your right to enrol in the doctoral programme.
New doctoral students must enrol at the Student Affairs Office. More detailed instructions on enrollment are enclosed with the letter of acceptance. Before enrolling, a new doctoral student must present at the Admission 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. If the previous studies have been completed in a Finnish university, Tampere University is able to confirm the degree electronically.
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.