Are you interested in a doctoral student position in the Helsinki Metropolitan area? You can either apply directly to any of the doctoral programmes mentioned below, or follow the joint calls organised by HICT: see Admissions – Helsinki Doctoral Education Network in ICT (

Doctoral education in ICT at Aalto University or the University of Helsinki, is coordinated by the following doctoral programmes:

The Helsinki Doctoral Education Network in Information and Communications Technology (HICT) is a collaborative doctoral education network hosted jointly by Aalto University and University of Helsinki, the two leading universities within this area in Finland. The key objective of the HICT network is to serve as a networking platform for doctoral students and supervisors combining all the relevant subfields of computer science and information technology at partner universities.

The HICT network involves at present over 80 professors and almost 300 doctoral students, and the participating units graduate altogether more than 40 new doctors each year. On top of networking, an important activity of HICT is to provide training outside of the official doctoral degree curricula, aiming at supporting the development and career goals of the doctoral students.

The quality of research and education in both HICT universities is world-class but education is still practically free as there are no tuition fees for doctoral students in the Finnish university system. Most doctoral students are typically hired as full-time employees for the duration of their doctoral studies in computer science. The average duration of doctoral studies is four years in Finland.

In the Finnish university system, a person must have a Master’s degree in order to enrol for doctoral studies. In case you wish to pursue graduate studies with a B.Sc. background, please apply first to one of the participating units’ Master’s programmes: Aalto SCI, Aalto ELEC, University of Helsinki.

Read more at the website of the HICT network.