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Duration: 4 years (8 semesters)
Language of Instruction:
English, Estonian
Field of Study:
Conferred Degree:
PhD (History)

Detailed study programme is available here.

Objectives of the Programme
  • to develop highly qualified scholars, teachers and leading specialists-officials in the fields of History, Art History and Archaeology;
  • to shape open-minded and broadly educated leading specialists who can take part in discussions relevant to contemporary society;
  • to enable the acquisition of profound knowledge related to the particular problems of the PhD thesis.
Learning Outcomes

The graduate:

  • displays a thorough knowledge and systematic overview of the directions, methods and theories of historical research, and uses relevant methodology in research;
  • has the ability to analyse research projects critically and to assess the relevance of research strategies and methods;
  • has the ability to raise research problems, to use modern methods, to plan and organise scholarly work in one's own field in an (inter)national setting;
  • is a team-player;
  • is interested in taking part in public discussions
  • displays the ability to differentiate between scholarly knowledge and ideological standpoints and can present their scholarly results with the help of argument;
  • has the ability to present results of research in their own field's scientific community and defend them in public discussions in national and international settings;
  • has the ability to circulate field-related knowledge in oral and written form, to organise and carry out field-related teaching, to supervise and direct independent research work of students;
  • has the ability to critically analyse and assess results of the teaching process and to give a well-founded clear feedback.
What Do We Expect from an Applicant?

The study programme is aimed at all people who wish to pursue PhD level studies in history, art history and archaeology. The aim of the study programme is to give people with a master’s degree in a related field in-depth knowledge of contemporary approaches in the humanities and in cultural theory. Concerning the PhD programme in Art History we welcome first of all people who are interested in older art and interdisciplinary studies in Visual Culture.

Why Study History at Tallinn University?  

The doctoral study programme of history was opened in 2003. It developed further according to international traditions of doctoral study organisation, introducing best practices whenever possible in the Estonian setting. As a result, the number of doctoral students has increased reasonably and evenly. Doctoral students are being supervised individually. The actual study process is partly organised in the form of general courses, whereas the reminder time schedule takes into account the individual necessities and opportunities of the student; doctoral seminars take place both as subject-based and as part of the series of seminars of the School of Humanities, and doctoral students are involved in the projects of the School and in the teaching process whenever possible. The study programme design takes into account the fact that doctoral students need to go to work and is focussed at the completion of the doctoral thesis.

  • The School of Humanities is an international academic unit (foreign lecturers) that is open to new approaches.
  • The research directions (history, archaeology and art science) related to the PhD programme are internationally evaluated.
  • Specialised doctoral seminars of history take place under the guidance of professors and researchers.
  • In order to acquire international experiences, it is possible to participate in conferences, seminars, summer schools and study at a foreign university within the Erasmus programme.
  • An individual plan is compiled for each doctoral student based on the doctoral study programme, which takes into account that doctoral students need to go to work.
  • The school helps within its limits to find publishing opportunities for the doctoral students, including in the journals Acta Historica Tallinnensia, Estonian Journal of Archaeology and Forschungen zur baltischen Geschichte co-published by the School of Humanities.
  • For enabling the doctoral students to fill up the gaps in their knowledge from other study fields they may be permitted to participate in the bachelor and master level classes.
  • The study programme has been positively evaluated by the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education.
What are the Career Options After the Studies?

A doctoral diploma enables working at employment positions that require a doctoral degree, as managers and top level experts in Estonian, EU and international institutions, also as researchers, lecturers and leading specialists in the fields of history, art history and archaeology.

When Does the Study Take Place?

Study mainly takes place in the evenings and at weekends, e-learning is available. Many courses can be completed in agreement with the professor at a time suitable for both parties.

Admission Requirements

Thesis proposal should be submitted for preliminary review to maris.peters....at....tlu.ee and accepted and signed thesis proposal should be uploaded to Dreamapply with other documents.

Admission exam (interview) is based on the plan for the doctoral thesis that is agreed with the prospective supervisor.

Contact us!
  • Specific questions regarding the programme should be directed to the School of Humanities:
    Maris Peters
    Phone: +372 640 9344
    E-mail: maris.peters....at....tlu.ee
  • For additional guidelines regarding admission procedure please contact the international admission specialist.
    E-mail: admissions....at....tlu.ee

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