The goal of the Linguistics PhD programme is to train researchers and instructors in the field of linguistics. 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.

Who are we looking for?

Our programme will be of interest for the candidates who have their MA or equivalent level of education in the field of linguistics or philology, and wish to engage in application of linguistic theories in research.

Our main areas of expertise include: First language acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Cognitive linguistics, Second language acquisition, Translation studies, Sociolinguistics, Multilingualism and language contacts, Text linguistics, genre and discourse analysis.

Why study with us?

Courses are held in the 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 each 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 the Erasmus programme. Every doctoral student has to draw an individual study plan in cooperation with the supervisor.

Study support facilities

The university campus houses a study library, the main university library in situated within an easy reach in the city centre. The National Library of Estonia is also in the city centre. Several electronic databases are available through the libraries.
There is the Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics, run by a consortium of institutions.

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: Estonian (English)
  • Field of Study: Languages and Cultures
  • Conferred Degree: PhD (Linguistics)

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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