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PhD Studies

Tallinn University offers the following English-based PhD programmes:

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

Admission for the academic year 2017/2018 is closed. The next admission for academic year 2018/2019 will be opened from January, 2018.

Requirements for the next admission will be announced on our website by the end of December, 2017.

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.

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