Doctoral Programme in Engineering Sciences
Research for the needs of industry and academia
The Doctoral Programme in Engineering Sciences has strong industrial relevance. Our graduates have the ability to refine industrial challenges into scientific research questions and apply scientific methods to create new knowledge. Upon completion of the Doctor of Science in Technology degree, our doctoral graduates will have the expertise to pursue challenging careers in the field of engineering sciences. The doctoral programme covers the following research fields: Automation Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Production Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. The programme is closely focused on technology and offers doctoral students access to state-of-the-art research environments.
The doctoral programme provides students with excellent subject knowledge and scientific and communication skills. Our doctoral graduates possess the competencies to effectively collaborate with industrial or academic experts and communities. Our graduates are able to critically evaluate and analyse data to answer research questions, communicate their results, and generate new knowledge. They have the ability to apply their skills and expertise and therefore enjoy a broad range of career opportunities in both industry and academia.
The Doctoral program of Engineering Sciences has strong industrial relevance. Our graduates can refine industrial challenges into scientific research questions, apply scientific methods to acquire new data.
After completing the Doctor of Science in Technology degree the doctoral student has the skills and competencies needed to pursue a state of the art expert or research career associated with engineering sciences. The Engineering Sciences programme covers the following research fields: Automation Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Production Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. The Engineering Sciences programme is closely focused on technology and utilizes many high-quality research environments.
Doctors graduating from Engineering Sciences will have excellent substance related core competencies, scientific and communication skills to operate effectively with international experts/communities connected strongly to the industry as well as to the internationally highly ranked academia.
Our graduates can critically evaluate and analyse the data to answer the research questions, and finally communicate the results and new knowledge both to the industry and the academia. The graduates understand various career options and are able to apply their skills and knowhow both in the industry and the academia.
The programme covers the following research fields:
- Automation Science and Engineering
- Mechanical and Production Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
You can find the programme curriculum at the Student's Guide.
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 1 000€/month for the first year of studies or a scholarship to support themselves during the studies. Also a health insurance is needed.
Full-time students complete the programme and earn a doctoral degree in four years.
To complete a doctoral degree, doctoral student shall
- complete the required postgraduate studies
- demonstrate their ability for independent and critical thinking in their field of research and
- prepare a doctoral dissertation and defend it in public or otherwise demonstrate their skills and competence as stipulated by the University.
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.
Doctoral Programme in Engineering Sciences
Continuous doctoral admission, spring 2021
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.
All applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.The minimum English language test result requirements
|Test name||Minimum test result|
|TOEFL iBT / TOEFL iBT (Special) Home Edition||92 overall, with no section below 20|
|IELTS (academic) / IELTS Indicator||6.5 overall, with no section below 5.5|
|PTE (academic)||62 overall, with no section below 54|
|Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (English)||Proficiency level 5|
*The previous CAE and CPE have been renamed as C1 Advanced and C2 ProficiencyExemptions to the language requirements
It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed a higher education degree in English in certain countries. If you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions that your studies fulfil the requirements.Faculty-specific exemptions to the language requirements
In some rare cases the faculty may consider the applicant to be exempted from the language test result if:
- applicant has already enrolled at some university in Finland as an exchange student or
- applicant has experience in speaking and writing in English during research work, or
- applicant has demonstrated the English proficiency by other credible means approved by the Dean.
Students accepted in the doctoral programme usually complete the degree of D. Sc. in Technology. In order to gain support for the doctoral study application, the candidate should have sufficient basic knowledge of the field of research specified in the application. In other cases special circumstances may be taken into account. In addition to the above, the suitability of doctoral study applicants is assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
- Previous study results
- Suitability of the research topic: focusing on a discipline represented in the faculty's post-graduate offering
- Research plan: theoretical and practical novelty value of the research
- Feasibility of the research plan (quality, realism, orderliness, etc.)
- Time and resources available for doctoral studies: feasibility of the study plan and time available for studies in the next four years
- Researcher potential and earlier research experience, such as work in the field of research, conference presentations, articles, etc.
- Other grounds presented by the applicant.
Furthermore, the availability of doctoral student supervision resources in the programme is taken into account when considering the granting of study rights.
There are no specific application periods or starting times for the Doctoral Programme in Engineering Sciences. The doctoral programme processes applications regularly every month apart from July. Applications and eclosures are submitted through an electronic application system at studyinfo.fi. Please see more information at What is studyinfo?. A link to the application form is available during the application period. In spring 2021, the application period is 4 January - 28 May. The application period ends at 15.00 (Finnish time).
Responsible supervisor and co-supervisor(s)
Do not leave an appilcation unless you can enclose all the required enclosures including the recommendation letter from a TAU supervisor. Before submitting a doctoral study application, the candidate must contact the professor responsible for the preferred discipline. The research plan must be approved by the future supervisor. 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. The degree completion schedule and financing of studies are also addressed at the application phase. The professor issues a statement form about the candidate's eligibility for doctoral studies and the research topic's suitability for the discipline, also addressing the sufficiency of supervisory resources. The programme supports that every doctoral student has the supervisor and at least one co-supervisor.
By signing a student's research description form and issuing a supporting statement regarding the application, the professor also assumes the task of supervising the doctoral degree.
If you already don't have a responsible supervisor, you can enquire for a supervisor by email at ens.doc.tau(a)tuni.fi.
Application and required enclosures
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. Statement by the responsible supervisor (employed by TAU) of your doctoral studies, approximately 1 A4 sheet (ask your supervisor to prepare the statement and enclose it with your application)
B. Study plan, max. 1 A4 sheet
The total minimum extent of studies is 40 credits. The studies towards a doctoral degree consist of major subject studies and General Competence Skills. Students are required to complete at least 25 credits of major subject studies and at least 10 credits of General Competence Skills. Remaining 5 credits are set to either of the blocks (major subject/general competence skills) based on their content.
See the courses that are counted towards a doctoral degree at Tampere University.
The study plan must be signed by the applicant and the responsible supervisor of his/her doctoral studies.
C. Research plan, max. 1 A4 sheet
The research plan outlines the overall objectives, background and schedule of your research project and, if applicable, the expected publication forums. The research plan must be signed by the applicant and the supervisor of his/her doctoral studies.
If your previous degree was not conferred at Tampere University, you also need to submit the following documents
D. Copy of your MSc/BSc degree certificates and their English translations
E. Official transcripts of all university records and their English translations
The documents (D-E) need to be translated either by the university or an official translator and authenticated. Country-specific requirements for educational documents.
F. Copy of your international passport
G. Certificate of English language proficiency
H. Diploma Supplement
Officially certified educational documents
In addition to uploading electronic copies of your educational documents to your application, you must submit 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.
Please see more instructions on how to apply on the page How to apply for doctoral programmes at Tampere University.
The doctoral programme processes applications regularly every month apart from July. Applicants are notified of the decision by the end of the month. If the application or its enclosures are imcomplete, the processing of the application may be deferred to the following month.
An applicant who is dissatisfied with the student selection may submit a written request for reconsideration to the Faculty Council. Such requests must be submitted within 14 days of the declared announcement date. The request, together with the reasons, should be send by email to tau [at] 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 doctoral programme, you must accept the study place electronically through the link in your email notification. If you cannot accept the study place electronically, please contact Tampere University Admissions Office.
The confirmation must reach Tampere University by the 15th of the following month at 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 Admissions 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 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.