The History PhD programme aims to prepare researchers, lecturers and other academic staff in the broad fields of history, including archaeology and art history. In doing this, the programme is first and foremost meant to supervise the students in developing the required skills for independent research. The students get an 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 pre-modern art and interdisciplinary studies in Visual Culture. In Archeology, we welcome projects relating to the prehistory of Estonia and its neighbours, especially in the late Iron Age, but also topics in the field of urban archeology. In history, we welcome projects in all fields related to the past of the Baltic States, Russia and Europe in general, but also topics related to Baltic-German (Cultural) History and Environmental History/Studies.

Who are we looking for?

The study programme is aimed at all people with a master’s degree in a related field who wish to pursue PhD level studies in history, art history, and archaeology.

Why study with us?

The doctoral study programme of history was opened in 2003. It developed further according to the international traditions of doctoral study organisation, introducing the best practices whenever possible in the Estonian setting. As a result, the number of doctoral students has increased reasonably and evenly. Doctoral students are supervised individually. The actual study process is partly organised in the form of general courses, whereas the remainder of the 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 in 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 that doctoral students need to go to work and is focused on the completion of the doctoral thesis.

Study support facilities

Students can use the services of the libraries of the university and the National Library of Estonia which is located in Tallinn. These institutions offer a wide range of electronic data bases to their users. Additionally, the Estonian capital houses many archives, museums and art collections, which offer many research opportunities for PhD students. The members of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Art History are ready to support students with their indepth knowledge in their respective fields. Academic journals edited by the Institute are open for contributions by promising young scholars. 

The PhD studies are supported by the activities of the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts.

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

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

Application Procedure

Find out how to apply for a programme at Tallinn University by following the step by step guide for international applicants. Application procedure may be different depending on the basis of your nationality and study language.

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