Duration: 4 years (8 semesters)
Language of Instruction: Estonian, English
Field of Study: Health Sciences
Conferred Degree: PhD (Social Work)
Objectives of the Programme:
- to create opportunities for acquiring the highest scientific qualification in social work;
- to support the development of competencies for a professional career as an independent expert in the field of social work;
- to create pre-conditions for the development of a new generation of researchers and lecturers with independent research skills for institutions of higher education and for social welfare and health institutions.
- has expanded knowledge and systematic overview in social work, in-depth knowledge on a specific research topic;
- possesses knowledge and skills for implementation of social and health sciences research methods;
- has skills for independent critical analysis and synthesis;
- has knowledge and skills for participating in international research and development activities;
- is able to plan, implement and critically evaluate professional research and development actions;
- is able to present the results of their research orally and in writing both in Estonian and a foreign language to international scientific communication (in conferences and in scientific publications);
- is able to communicate specialized knowledge, supervise scientific work and arrange professional studies;
- is able to participate in social discussions, present results of their research in argumentative form and influence social decision-making processes.
What Do We Expect from an Applicant?
We recommend that you consider an application to the doctoral study of social work if you wish:
- to acquire in-depth knowledge of the science of social work;
- to develop skills to participate in the research and development of social work and social policy, present research results in the international scientific literature of social work and at conferences;
- to develop skills for working as a university lecturer for forwarding knowledge of social work, social policy and organise specialised training;
- to participate in public discussions, present research results in a well-reasoned manner and influence the social decision-making processes.
For general requirements, please read admission to PhD Studies.
Programme specific requirements:
- Admission exam(interview) is based on the plan for the doctoral thesis that is agreed with the prospective supervisor. Information about the plan for the doctoral thesis: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Structure of the PhD proposal (5-10 pages+references):
- (1) the subject of the doctoral thesis, including a brief summary of the research problem that the doctoral thesis seeks to solve
- (2) objectives of the research, main research questions and tasks or work hypotheses
- (3) a brief overview of the most important thematic previous studies and theoretical standpoints with literature references
- (4) the data and research methods that are intended to be used to solve the research problem, including sampling principles
- (5) work plan, resources necessary for doctoral studies and potential risks
- 6) why did you choose Tallinn University?
* The PhD proposal must be agreed upon and signed by a potential supervisor.
Supervisors contacts can be found here: https://www.tlu.ee/en/yti/contact-us
Supervisors research fields can be found here: https://www.etis.ee
- Specific questions regarding the programme should be directed to the School of Governance, Law and Society:
Academic Counsellor - Specialist
- For additional guidelines regarding admission procedure please contact the international admission specialist.