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Tallinn University offers 14 PhD programmes fully in English, preparing you for an academic career as well as other professions requiring a high level of competence.
Educational Sciences Social Work
History Studies of Cultures
Linguistics Analytical Biochemistry
Ecology Physics
Government and Politics Demography
Sociology Psychology
Information Society Technologies Health Behaviour and Wellbeing

Here’s what you need to know about the admission  to PhD studies:
Deadlines

The admission for the academic year 2018/2019 is open from January 8, 2018 until the following deadlines:

  • Non-EU/EEA applicants (except applicants from Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia):
                Deadline for submitting your application: 1 April, 2018
                Deadline for sending your documents by post: 20 April, 2018
  • Applicants from Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia:
                Deadline for submitting your application: 1 June, 2018
                Deadline for sending your documents by post: 20 June, 2018
  • EU/EEA citizens:
                Deadline for submitting your application: 1 July, 2018
                Deadline for sending your documents by post: 15 July, 2018
Academic Requirements

Doctoral Level (PhD) applicants must have a research MA Degree or equivalent qualifications and experience. A doctoral programme requires considerably more original work than a research Master's programme. The thesis should provide evidence that the candidate has not only made a substantial original contribution to his/her field, but also that he/she has in-depth knowledge of the specific area in which he/she has worked. The duration of Doctoral programmes is 4 years.

Required Documents

Need to be sent by post after filling in the online application form*:

  • Application cover printed from the online application system
  • Copy of a Bachelor’s degree certificate or equivalent + transcript of records (translations are requested if documents are not in English); both copies and translations must be attested by a notary
  • Copy of a Master’s degree certificate or equivalent + transcript of records (translations are requested if documents are not in English); both copies and translations must be attested by a notary
  • Plan for the doctoral thesis signed by the prospective supervisor
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Copy of the identification page of passport

* The applicant will be given feedback in the online application system after the the required documents have been submitted online.

Can be uploaded to the online application system:

Admission exam

Minimum programme enrollment threshold: 75 points out of 100.

For the purposes of identity verification at the admission procedure the Admission Committee has the right to take a screenshot during the oral part of the admission exam carried out via video bridge.

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