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Analytical Biochemistry, PhD

The study programme is aimed at students who are interested in different problems of biochemistry or analytical chemistry, and definitely at people who would like to develop analytical approaches in order to answer questions of biochemistry.

Study level PhD studies

Duration of study 4 years

Language Estonian English

Number of studies 1

In this programme, we are waiting candidates to apply to following research topics 2020/2021:

  • Polysaccharide based biomaterials from marine sources: Synergistic combinations between seaweed derived biomolecules. The PhD project focuses on development of novel polysaccharide-based biomaterials with beneficial rheological and biological properties (e.g. can be used as high-value ingredients in food, pharmaceutical or cosmetic formulations). Supervisor: PhD Rando Tuvikene, rando.tuvikene@tlu.eeRead more about this topic.
  • The influence of abiotic factors on exposure. Supervisors: Anne Kahru, NICPBKnut Erik Tollefsen, NIVA
    Consultant: Kairi Koort. (ESR2). Deadline for this topic was 31st of May, this topic is closed!

Learning Outcomes

The graduate:
  • has broad-based and systematic knowledge of analytical biochemistry and profound knowledge in the specific research field;
  • is able of independent and critical analysis of specialty-specific problems, as well as of stating research questions with scientific precision;
  • is able to evaluate his/her as well as other people’s actions in the light of science ethics;
  • understands the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in community as well as the responsibility of scientists in application of research results;
  • is able to plan research projects and use modern methods of research and data analysis;
  • is capable of testing a theoretical hypothesis and evaluating the results in the context of accepted theories;
  • is capable of presenting research results both to the specialists in the field and to wider public;
  • is able to impart knowledge by teaching and supervising;
  • is able to lead a work group;
  • understands the need for continuing education and professional development.
  • Conferred degree: PhD (Analytical Biochemistry)

What Do We Expect from an Applicant?

The study programme is aimed at students who are interested in different problems of biochemistry or analytical chemistry, and definitely at people who would like to develop analytical approaches in order to answer questions of biochemistry. The objective of the study programme is preparation of specialists of the highest research qualification in the branches of molecular biochemistry, bioanalytical chemistry or analytical neurochemistry who would be capable of independent scientific or applied research.

Why Study Analytical Biochemistry at Tallinn University?

In the development of the doctoral study programme of analytical biochemistry the international traditions and objectives of organisation of a natural sciences doctoral study programme have been pursued. The study programme was initiated in 2012 and it belongs to the study programme group of bio and environmental sciences that has been granted full accreditation. The study is mainly aimed at preparation of the doctoral thesis; participation in international research discussion is the criterion for assessment of doctoral thesis. The study programme relies mainly on the academic staff of the TU School of Natural Sciences and Health, but external supervisors have been involved from other universities as well. Cooperation with other research groups enables to involve researchers with very different backgrounds and high qualification in the field of natural and exact sciences as supervisors and consultants. There are 4 internationally evaluated research fields in the study field, the doctoral students are involved in the implementation of several research grants and international projects. The researchers of the field have extensive international connections; in order to acquire research experience participation in conferences, seminars, summer schools is enabled and students can study at foreign universities within doctoral study mobility programmes. Based on the doctoral study programme, an individual study plan is compiled for each doctoral student, which takes into account the subject of the doctoral thesis.

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Objectives of the Programme

  • to provide doctoral students with conditions that enable acquisition of broad-based, systematic and profound education in analytical chemistry and biochemistry;
  • to carry out independent research pursuing internationally recognized standards;
  • to promote development of doctoral students into highly-qualified lecturers, researchers and specialists who provide for sustainable development in the field.

Admission Requirements

Programme specific requirements:

  • Admission exam (motivational discussion) is based on the plan for the doctoral thesis that is agreed with the prospective supervisor. The plan of doctoral thesis must be presented with the admission documents or sent in scanned format with the supervisor's signature to the programme coordinator professor Ruth Shimmo and
  • Required English level is B2.
  • For the purposes of identity verification at the admission procedure the Admission Committee has the right to take a screenshot during the oral part of the admission exam carried out via video bridge.

Possible thesis topics and defended doctoral theses

Please see the defended doctoral theses.

See possible thesis topic HERE by Rando Tuvikene (Senior Research Fellow in Chemistry, Associate Professor of Chemistry).

Study Programme 

What are the Career Options After the Studies?

  • An internationally accredited doctoral diploma allows you to work as a researcher, member of teaching staff and top expert in Estonian, EU and international institutions at positions that require a doctoral level degree.

Contact us!

Professor, programme coordinator: Ruth Shimmo
study counselor: Greete Horn


  • For additional guidelines regarding admission procedure please contact the international admission specialist.


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