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Supplementary studies

If you need to take supplementary studies, you will be informed of this during student admissions or immediately at the beginning of your studies. In that case, your supplementary studies will be compulsory. 

Degree or non-degree studies? 

Supplementary studies can be part of your degree (degree studies) or not included in it (non-degree studies), depending on your degree programme. If you are studying for a doctoral degree, supplementary studies are always non-degree studies. 

If your supplementary studies cannot be included in your degree, you will be issued a separate right to study. This right to study is not the one that entitles you to study towards a degree. Instead, you can use the new right to study to create a personal study plan (HOPS) on Sisu for your supplementary studies and to register for these courses. 

Your right to pursue supplementary studies will stay in force as long as your right to study towards a degree is in force. The right to pursue supplementary studies does not require you to enrol for the academic year. 

Supplementary studies and HOPS

Your right to pursue supplementary studies enables you to create a separate personal study plan (HOPS) on Sisu. Use this HOPS to register for the courses you need to complete as supplementary studies. Simply create a HOPS in the same way you created your HOPS for your degree studies. 

Add the supplementary studies you have been instructed to take to the new HOPS and request a separate approval for it. Instructions: Creating a personal study plan 

  • You can register for a course after adding it to your HOPS. 

The study module consisting of your supplementary studies will not be evaluated. However, Aalto’s administrative staff will check whether you have completed the studies. At the latest, they will check it when you are about to graduate. The courses you have completed as supplementary studies are listed in Sisu just like all other courses you complete. 


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