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[in Finnish]

Instructions will be updated regularly. 

Why do I need a personal study plan a.k.a HOPS? 

Personal study plan enables study planning, registration for courses and is the basis for degree certificate and graduation. You can register for teaching from 9.8.2021 in Sisu. Graduation will be applied for as of 25.5.2021 in Sisu. If you are graduating after 25.5.2021 you need to create make a study plan in Sisu first even if study plan has been confirmed and courses completed earlier. 

The degree certificate is formed on the basis of your study plan, so it is not possible to apply for graduation without Sisu HOPS.

How to create a study plan? 

Step 1. Log in to Sisu at

Step 2. Open "Structure of studies" at the top of the page 

Step 3. Start new study plan

Start new study plan by clicking "New study plan" button and choose under "My educations" you will find all your study right. Choose your doctoral programme. 


  • you can choose from the educations you have study right to
  • curriculum period, choose the academic year you have started or more recent
    • notice that your research field may not be available in most current structure
  • You can name your study plan as you like

Basis for your study plan looks like this. 

I have both licentiate and doctoral study right in Sisu, how to find the correct one for HOPS

If you have both licentiate and doctoral study right in Sisu, you can find the right structure of studies the following way (for technical reasons both programmes are named the same, but they differ by code). 

If you want to your HOPS for licentiate degree:

Start creating new study plan and choose My educations, type in the programme name Aalto doctoral programme in Elec ... and choose to one below. 

You can check you've chosen the correct one from the degree programme code, for licentiate degree id includes L


Step 4. Choose study modules to your degree 

In doctoral programme there are only compulsory study modules. Sisu guides what you need to choose. 

In this example there are three study modules: Studies in Scientific Practices and Principles, Research field studies and Doctoral thesis. 

  • The window on your right shows the selections made selections (tapped to blue in this case)

Step 5. Choose courses to study modules

In doctoral degree most of the study modules requires approval for the module content. In study module there can be compulsory, optional and free choice courses. Sisu guides you to make the choices in the right side window. 

If you are in planning to do course outside Aalto, have some individual attainments (book exams, summer schools, conference presentations...) you can include them in to the study plan by making a study draft(s). Study drafts can then be conditionally accepted to your HOPS. 

Credit transfer can be applied when the course/summer school/other learning has been attained. Instructions to this are still to defined. 

Step 6. Approval for study module

When all the choices are made correctly, the button Approval for module content approval actives if the approval is required. 

You can send the study module for approval. The application requires some grounds for the application. Contents of the study modules should be discussed beforehand with the supervisor. 


After the approval application has been sent, it shows in the HOPS as approval requested. 

After the study module has been approved, it shows like this 

In the right side window you can see the approved content

Step 7. If you need to change the module content after approval

Sometimes the plans change. If you change the content of approved module, Sisu gives you notifications of Selections against the rules and differs from the content of the approved application. It also notifies what is the content that does not correspond to approved content (marked yellow in the example). 

If the changes are necessary, first give up the previous approval of the study module before requesting new approval. 

All applications will be saved, so you can check previous ones later if needed. 

Step 8. Choose Doctoral thesis / licentiate thesis

Choose thesis according to your research field. Usually the thesis and research field codes are formed on same basis, in this case ELEC002Z refers to acoustics also in thesis. 

Other studies complementing the doctoral degree

Sometimes there are courses recommended to doctoral students. In order to register for courses they need to be in your study plan. Since the doctoral degree does not contain any free choice studies, there will be a study module "studies not included in the degree" in the HOPS structure. 

This is still under preparation.

What if I already have licentiate degree and need only doctoral thesis to complete the doctoral degree? 

Instructions under preparation! 

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