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 researcher is aware of

  • the structure and practices of Aalto University
  • roles and responsibilities of key players of doctoral training
  • requirements for doctoral degree and studies
  • services and data systems concerning doctoral researchers
  • how to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion during and after studies
  • how to overcome obstacles in study and career paths
  • gender neutral writing conventions
  • how to navigate their doctoral journey easily and efficiently

Credits: 3

Schedule: 29.02.2024 - 11.04.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jaana Suviniitty

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period): C1

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

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course is constructed in six workshop meetings, each of which with its own theme. The participants are actors and bring content to the meetings which address the following themes:

    • Expectations and study structure
    • Potential challenges in the doctoral path
    • Useful means to overcome obstacles
    • Career planning
    • Language and inclusion
    • Summary and future perspectives

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Active participation in the workshops 30%

    Preparatory assignments 40%

    Written assignments 30%

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    81 h (Workshops 15 - 24 h + independent work 66 - 57 h)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Provided by the teacher and participants.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring IV
    2023-2024 Spring IV

    Enrollment :

    This course is primarily intended for first year postgraduate students.