From the 1st of October until the 1st of November, admission will be open for the following PhD programmes: 

School of Digital Technologies


Study Programme Description Supervisors  
Information Society Technologies

User modelling and user-adapted interaction


Research questions or challenges for the project-based position are: Development of physiological user models for personalized systems; Collection of datasets with physiology information in personalized systems/human-computer interaction; Enhancing user/learner models with physiology; Evaluation of physiology-based personalized services; Design, development and validation of novel applications considering physiology including games, cinema, theatre, multimedia content, and social media.

Further information

David LamasPia Tikka and Aleksander Väljamäe

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School of Educational Sciences

Study Programme Description Supervisors  

Educational Sciences

Student engagement in student centered and collaborative learning:

The aim of the PhD project is to explore cognitive and instructional aspects that promote students’ engagement and transformative experience in SCL, and to develop and validate research instrument(s) for assessing the impact of SCL (learners as creators of artefacts) on students’ engagement and transformative experience. The developed instrument(s) will be made available to other researchers and lecturers. The general guiding research question is: What are the essential cognitive and instructional aspects that promote engagement and transformative experience and how to measure students’ engagement and transformative experience in SCL scenarios?

Tobias Ley and Terje Väljataga

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School of Humanities


Study Programme Description Supervisor  
Studies of Cultures

Translating Memories: The Eastern European Past in the Global Arena:

Two full-time and funded PhD positions in "Translating Memories: The Eastern European Past in the Global Arena". The PhD students admitted are expected to conduct research in Eastern European memory cultures, in particular in the aesthetic media of memory (literature, film and art). Suitable candidates should have an expertise in the culture of one or more Eastern European country and the relevant language competencies. The positions are linked to the ERC Starting grant 853385. The admitted candidates will be enrolled to the PhD programme in Studies of Cultures. Further information

Eneken Laanes

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School of Natural Sciences and Health


Study Programme Description Contact  
Analytical Biochemistry

PhD position in Environmental toxicology, MSCA* project “Prorisk” 

Required education level: Environmental science, Master Degree or equivalent. Eligibility criteria:

1)At the date of recruitment the applicants for the MSCA fellowship must have no PhD and less than 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience from the award of the degree that entitles them to undertake a doctorate.

2)The applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Estonia for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.

Further information and application rules

 *Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Study Counsellor: Greete Horn

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Analytical Biochemistry General topic for 2020/2021 admission: "Polysaccharide based biomaterials from marine sources: Synergistic combinations between seaweed derived biomolecules." Supervisor: Rando Tuvikene, PhD Study Counsellor: Greete Horn Apply here!
Ecology General topic for Ecology PhD admission 2020/2021: "Restoration of Ca-rich fens – effect of water level rise on the plant cover structure." Supervisor: Mati Ilomets - senior researcher, Institute of Ecology, School of Natural Sciences and Health. Study Counsellor: Greete Horn Apply here!



School of Governance, Law and Society


Study Programme Description Supervisors  
Government and Politics

Populism in Context: 

This PhD work will contribute to implementation of the aims of the ETAG group grant project proposal ’Populism in context’. Despite the explosion of populism research in recent years, there has been a shortage of comprehensive analyses of populism in context, i.e. socio-economic, socio-cultural and socio-political conditions of possibility of populism. This project aims to fill in this gap on the case of Estonia, while this PhD project will study the legitimation strategies of the state, as articulated in major migration and integration policy strategies, as well as socio-economic conditions behind xenophobic societal dispositions and populist politics. The project will result in respective policy guidelines.

Raivo Vetik, Leif Kalev

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Social Work

Development of Nursing in the Estonian Society from the Physical, Psychical, Social, and Religious Perspective:

The aim of the study is by using the data of three surveys on nursing activities in Estonia, which were conducted over 10-year time intervals, to address the associations between patient’s wellbeing, organisational culture, work environment, and nursing from the perspective of nurses. As a result of the analysis the goal is to create a future projection for the development of nursing. Surveys have been conducted in 1999 and 2009 and the third survey will be conducted in 2020. Mainly a quantitative methodological approach will be used. Nurses working in internal and surgical departments in Estonian hospitals with at least one year of work experience will be included in the sample. Nursing managers of Estonian hospitals are informed and have approved the study. Based on the previous stages of the study a PhD was defended in Tampere University in 2018 and two master’s theses defended in Tallinn University in 2001 and 2004.

Prof. Merike Sisask

Ülle Ernits (PhD), Tallinn Health Care College, rector

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Minimum programme enrolment threshold: 75 points out of 100.



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