linna silmapiir

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

The admission exam (interview) is based on the plan for the doctoral thesis that is agreed upon 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 study counsellor of the School of Digital Technologies.
  • For additional guidelines regarding the admission procedure please contact the Admissions Office.

Study Counsellor

Maria Saar

Study counsellor and specialist

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

call us+372 640 9354