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Studies of Cultures

Our Studies of Cultures is an umbrella study programme covering fields like Cultural Theory, Estonian Literature and Culture, English Literature and Culture, German Literature and Culture, Romance Studies, Russian Literature and Culture, Middle Eastern and Asian Literatures and Cultures, Cultural Geography, Philosophy, and Social and Cultural Anthropology.

We encourage our PhD students to approach their research topics from an interdisciplinary angle and combine comparative literature, theoretical and practical approaches to the mechanisms of culture and other methodological and research approaches. During their studies the students achieve an in-depth knowledge of contemporary approaches in the humanities and in cultural theory.

Many of our supervisors are members of two important research centres: The TU Centre of Excellence in Intercultural Studies and the Centre for Landscape and Culture

Who are we looking for?

The study programme is aimed at all people who are interested in

  • Cultural Theory,
  • Estonian Literature and Culture,
  • English Literature and Culture,
  • German Literature and Culture, Romance Studies,
  • Russian Literature and Culture,
  • Middle Eastern and Asian Literatures and Cultures,
  • Cultural Geography,
  • Philosophy,
  • and Social and Cultural Anthropology.

We are looking for PhD students who wish to pursue academic research in the areas mentioned above and be supervised by our experts in these fields.

Why study with us?

The syllabus is flexible and enables each student to organise his/her studies in close cooperation with a supervisor and to choose the optimal training in a given research topic. In addition, the curriculum is aimed at an interdisciplinary approach and increasing the dialogue between the student and the supervisor. 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. 

Study support facilities

The university campus houses a study library, the main university library is 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.
The Archive of renown semiotician, Juri Lotman is housed atTallinn University.

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 (Studies of Cultures)

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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