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.


During the seminar students are able to develop the structure of the doctoral thesis, its methodology, theories, and conceptual framework. The students are able to present their work, comment on others presentations and participate in an academic discussion in English.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 13.09.2022 - 02.05.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Toni Kotnik

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The contents of the course will depend on the participants' doctoral studies.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assessment is based on activity in the seminar and own presentation.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Participation in the seminars 36 hrs (12+24), working on one's own research with literature 34 hrs, preparation of presentation and commentary 8 hrs.


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - Spring V
    2023-2024 Autumn I - Spring V

    Enrollment :

    Minimum number of participants: 6
    Maximum number of participants: 20

    Priority order: 1. Students of Aalto Doctoral Programme in Arts, Design and Architecture

    Registration for courses: Sisu. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture,