Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the doctoral candidates will identify some issues that are important to research work and being a doctoral candidate at Aalto University.

Credits: 2

Schedule: 08.01.2021 - 07.03.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Ari Sihvola, Vesa Välimäki

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ari Sihvola, Vesa Välimäki

Contact information for the course (valid 04.12.2020-21.12.2112):

Please contact course coordinators:,

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course introduces some basic knowledge and skills that are valuable in doctoral studies and research work.

  • Applies in this implementation:

        Practical tips

        Scientific and reflective writing

        Peer review, Jufo, Impact factor

        Research ethics

        Thesis work

        Career and CV

        Tips from professors and recently graduated doctors

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    2 cr = 54 h:
    Seminars 21 h
    Assignments, group and independent work 33 h

    3 cr = 81 h:
    Seminars 21 h
    Assignments, group and independent work 60 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    See the MyCourses space of the course

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Replaces courses ELEC-L0901 Introduction to Doctoral Studies 3 cr and ELEC-0.9902 Introduction to doctoral studies 2 cr


Details on the schedule