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Duration: 4 years (8 semesters)
Language of Instruction:
Estonian (English)
Field of Study:
Languages and Cultures
Conferred Degree:
PhD (Linguistics)

Detailed study programme is available here.

Objectives of the Programme

To support students’ development into highly qualified specialists and instructors in the field of linguistics, including a speciality module with a focus on a particular language; to create facilities for the development of skills and knowledge necessary for rigorous research in the chosen speciality.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate:

  • is able to formulate and solve research questions in linguistics;
  • has knowledge of the scope of linguistic research and research methods;
  • is able to present his/her views in a well-argued manner both orally and in writing;
  • is able to transfer his/her skills and knowledge through teaching and supervising;
  • is able to identify problems of scholarly ethics;
  • is able to plan and to hold lectures and seminars within his/her area of expertise.
What Do We Expect from an Applicant?

The goal of Linguistics PhD programme is to train researchers and instructors in the field of linguistics and with a specialisation in a language offered in the programme. A more general objective is to develop skills and abilities for independent research within a chosen field. Students should be able to conduct internationally relevant independent linguistic studies on the topic of the dissertation, to publish results in high-level scholarly journals and to present papers at international conferences.

Why Study Linguistics at Tallinn University?

Courses are held in School of Humanities in the form of seminars, lectures and independent work. Doctoral students are expected to contribute to theoretical seminars during the whole period of studies; other courses are conducted mostly in intensive study cycles. The syllabus is flexible and enables every student to organise his/her studies in close cooperation with the supervisor and to choose the optimal training in a given research topic. Deadlines for exams and responsible instructors are appointed individually for every student. In order to obtain international experience, it is possible to participate in conferences, seminars, summer schools and to take courses abroad with the support of Erasmus programme. Every doctoral student has to draw an individual study plan in cooperation with the supervisor.

What are the Career Options After the Studies?

Internationally accredited PhD diploma opens positions that require a doctoral degree, e.g, Tallinn University, Institute of Estonian Language and Culture or the University of Tartu.

Admission Requirements

Admission exam (interview) is based on the plan for the doctoral thesis that is agreed with the prospective supervisor. Research proposal drafts for finding a prospective supervisor should be sent to maris.peters....at....tlu.ee.

The proposal should describe research question(s) and a brief summary of theoretical background, if possible, methodology description and a preliminary work schedule. It is recommended to decide already at an early stage whether the thesis will be a monograph or article collection, as well as the language(es) of the dissertation (it is acceptable if the article dissertation contains articles in different languages). An approval of the supervisor is required on the final proposal (the hard copy of research proposal) that is to be uploaded to the online application system along with the rest of the documents like the CV of the candidate with the full list of publications. Please use pdf format for these documents.

During the interview Admission Committee asks candidates about their studies, research interests and plans for PhD studies.

Contact us!
  • For additional guidelines regarding admission procedure please contact the international admission specialist.
    E-mail: admissions....at....tlu.ee

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