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Information Society Technologies

This doctoral programme provides conditions for preparing specialists with the highest scientific qualification in ICT area. It supports development of research based and innovative approaches for working on appropriate positions as well as readiness for continuous personal professional development and supports development of competences for working on academic positions (researcher, lecturer) or as senior specialist in public, private or third sector.

Study level PhD studies

Duration of study 4 years (8 semesters)

Language English


The graduate:

  • is internationally known specialist in an ICT problem area;
  • has exhaustive knowledge and skills in a narrower area of the PhD thesis;
  • is able to use adequate scientific methods and technologies for determining as well in analysing and solving ICT related problems;
  • is able to compose high level scientific and popular publications and presentations;
  • is able to work in a multinational team and as a team leader involve different partners; possesses necessary communication skills;
  • is able to find innovative and adequate solutions in changing and unexpected situations;
  • is independent and responsible in analysing, diagnosing, making decisions and implementations;
  • is ready to follow established professional, ethical and intellectual property protection principles as well tolerant to diverse attitude and standpoints;
  • is ready to analyse its own professional activities as well to plan and realize personal professional growth; possesses skills of effective independent learning.

Why study with us?

Tallinn University School of Digital Technologies is the only institution in Estonia that focuses on ‘soft’ information and communication technologies including social media applications, digital learning ecosystems, interaction design, workplace learning and other related fields. The rapid development of the school is based on drawing on expertise from a large partner network, utilising EU funding, encouraging the empowerment of staff members as well as on applying a holistic approach, integrating dynamic teaching, research and development activities.

Doctoral students are also involved in implementation of several research grants and international projects. For acquiring research experience, it is possible to participate in conferences, seminars, summer schools and study within the Erasmus programme at foreign universities. The school is located in a brand new building and offers excellent working conditions not only for its staff members, but also for visiting academics, post-doctors and students.

What Do We Expect from an Applicant?

We expect capable young people who have master level education in ICT or related field and who want to acquire a high level qualification in the field of information technology, in the research scope of the School of Digital Technologies.

Admission and Topics

    How to apply for a PhD and School of Digital Technologies's topics

    Admission exam (interview) is based on the plan for the doctoral thesis that is agreed with the prospective supervisor. The admission interview is conducted at Tallinn University or via video call after the application deadline.

    Contact us!

    • Specific questions regarding the programme should be directed to the School of Digital Technologies:
      David Jose Ribeiro Lamas
    • For additional guidelines regarding admission procedure please contact the international admission specialist.

    Study Counsellor

    Kristi Oikimus

    Study counsellor and specialist

    visit usNarva mnt 29, 10120 Tallinn, room A-431

    call us(+372) 640 9384