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Duration: 4 years (8 semesters)
Language of Instruction:
English, Estonian
Field of Study:
Sciences, Mathematics and Computing
Conferred Degree:
PhD (Physical Sciences)

Detailed study programme is available here.

Objectives of the Programme
  • to provide doctoral students with conditions that enable them (1) to acquire broad-based, systematic and profound education in science and exact sciences, and (2) to carry out independent research that meets internationally recognized standards;
  • to promote the development of the doctoral students into highly-qualified professors, researchers and specialists who provide for sustainable development in the field;
  • to raise knowledge and skills of the doctoral students to the high professional standards recognized by the international research community.
Learning Outcomes

The graduate:

  • understands the significance and scope of the intra- and inter-field knowledge and research methods of exact and natural sciences;
  • is capable of independent and critical analysis of specialisation specific problems, as well as of stating research questions with scientific precision;
  • is able to plan research projects and use modern methods of research and data analysis;
  • is capable of presenting research results both to specialists in the field and to public at large
  • is competent to impart learning results by teaching and guiding;
  • understands the need for continuing education and professional development.
What Do We Expect from an Applicant?

The study programme is aimed at people interested in different physical aspects of the problems of natural and exact sciences. The purpose of the study programme is preparation of specialists of highest scientific qualification in the branch of statistical physics, mathematical physics or experimental physics (high-temperature plasma and materials research) who are ready for independent scientific or applied research.

Why Study Physics at Tallinn Univeristy?

The doctoral study programme of physics pursues the international traditions and aims of organising a doctoral study programme of natural sciences. The study programme was started in 2006 and has been granted full accreditation. The main aim is preparation of doctoral thesis where the criterion of assessment is participation in international research discussion.

What are the Career Options After the Studies?

An internationally accredited doctoral diploma enables working as a researcher, a teacher and a top expert in Estonian, EU and international institutions at employment positions that require a doctoral level degree.

Admission Requirements

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

The plan of doctoral thesis must be presented together with the admission documents or sent in scanned format with the supervisor's signature to the programme coordinator professor tonu.laas....at....tlu.ee and intloo....at....tlu.ee.

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.

Contact us!
  • Specific questions regarding the programme should be directed to the School of Natural Sciences and Health:
    Tõnu Laas
    Professor, programme coordinator   
    Phone: +372 6409 404
    E-mail: tonu.laas....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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