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Admission Requirements

  • Completed Master’s degree or the equivalent.
  • Proof of English Proficiency. Read more here.
Admission requirements:

For general requirements, please read admission to PhD Studies here.

Programme specific requirements:

  • Admission exam (interview) is based on the plan (research proposal) 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.
  • Your research proposal (appr. 2500 words without bibliography) should include at least the following: topic of your intended research, introductory overview of your research project, overview of the present state of the research done on the topic in the world, research objectives and approach (methodology), what research you have done already on this topic (if relevant) and what are the expected preliminary results of your thesis, why is it reasonable to carry out this project in Estonia, references/preliminary bibliography. If your intended research includes fieldwork, please describe the scope and duration of it, add a provisional budget and indicate the possible sources for financing.
  • It is recommended to decide at an early stage whether the thesis will be a monograph or article collection, as well as the language(s) 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 the Admission Committee asks candidates about their studies, research interests and plans for PhD studies.

See also the detailed guidelines on application procedure at Tallinn University site.

Apply HERE.