• Students must registre for the defence by 7 May 2024 by submitting the information form.
  • Thesis must be submitted only electronically no later than 7 May 2024 by 3 p.m to your Study Counsellor.
  • The times of the defences:
    • Anthropology MA - 30 May 2024
    • Estonian Studies - 29 May 2024
    • Literature, Visual Culture and Film Studies - 24 May 2024
  • Registration for the graduation exam (if the curriculum ends with the exam) will take place in ÕIS until 7 May 2024.
    • Liberal Arts in Humanities graduation exam - 28 May 2024 at 9.00 (students will be provided their individual schedule!)

NB! Graduation documents will be issued within a month from your defence / exam. The graduation ceremony will be in June, there is no graduation ceremony in winter.

Submitting the thesis

Before submitting your thesis you should fill in an information form (Please pay meticulous attention to your thesis title in Estonian and in English as these will be entered into the database and will appear as part of your graduation documents).

The thesis must be submitted in electronic copy only as a digitally (ID card signed) signed container consisting of the following documents:

  1. The electronic copy of the thesis in PDF format. The name of the electronic file must have the author’s name;
  2. A licence which permits the publishing of the electronic thesis in the Tallinn University Academic Library repository ETERA. Please do not include the licence into your thesis file, add it as a separate document to the container.

The container must be digitally signed by you and your supervisor,  this confirms that your thesis is ready to be submitted. If you do not have a valid ID card and cannot create and sign the container, ask your supervisor to create and sign it.

The Tallinn University School of Humanities demands the confirmation of authorship: on the next page after the title page the author of the thesis must have a confirmation that all the sources have been appropriately referenced and quoted. The text that must be used:

“I hereby confirm that I am the sole author of the thesis submitted. All the works and conceptual viewpoints by other authors that I have used, as well as data deriving from sources have been appropriately attributed.”


Graduation Exam

Graduation Exam
The aim of the graduation exam is to show that you have acquired and mastered the subject related knowledge and skills you have accumulated during your BA studies and you are able to apply this knowledge. The graduation exam also enables to show research and analytical skills in the context of a research paper, which should show the mastery of composing coherent and linguistically flawless text.

The requirements to participate at a Graduation Exam
The student has the obligation to familiarize oneself with the contents and requirements of the graduation exam beforehand. The student should individually work through all the materials related to the preparation for the exam. 
The registration for the exam should be submitted in ÕIS no later than  7 May 2024. Please use ‘other type of application’. Additionally, the student must fill in and upload as an attachment with the application the information form.
All the results of the assessments and exams should appear on ÕIS at the latest three working days before the first part of the graduation exam takes place.
To be entered for the exam you must have fulfilled all the requirements of your study programme and you cannot have pending financial obligations to the university.

Thesis defence

The thesis can be defended only when the rest of the curriculum has been fulfilled and all graduation requirements met. All results must be in the database at the latest three days before defence. All the results still pending at the time of submission must be listed on the information form submitted with the thesis.

The external examiner report will be sent to student’s tlu.ee email at the latest one working day before the defence.

During the defence we will provide a computer so that the slide show can be shown.

Confirming your thesis topic

All MA students must submit their application for confirming their thesis topic by the end of the first year of studies. The application form is here.

Application should preferably be submitted electronically to Maris Peters by 7th of June. Please make sure that all the fields of the application are filled in (including the thesis title in Estonian) and that it is (digitally) signed by the student, the supervisor and the study programme administrator.

The Style Sheet for research papers at the School of Humanities


Defence boards for 2022/23

BA Exam

Liberal Arts in Humanities: Professor Julia Kuznetski (head), Professor Piret Viires, Professor Lisa Indraccolo, Lecturer Joonas Plaan, Assoc. Professor Natalia Tšuikina, Researcher Ksenia Shmydkaya, Junior Researcher Airi Uuna.  

Master's Theses

Anthropology (HIANM.HT): Researcher Raili Nugin (Head), Associate Professor Carlo Cubero, Lecturer Joonas Plaan, Lecturer Marje Ermel
Estonian Studies (EKESM.HT) Professor Piret Viires (Head), Professor Anna Verschik, Associate Professor Tõnis Saarts, lecturer Lauri Linask, researcher Kadri Tüür
Literature, Visual Culture and Film Studies (HIKVM.HT): Professor Eneken Laanes (Head), Lecturer Matthias Jost, Lecturer Mari Laaniste, Researcher Emilia Diana Popa, Margaret Tali (PhD)