The programme admits new doctoral students twice a year: once in the spring and once in the autumn.
The spring 2024 application period is from April 3, 2024 09:00 AM EEST until April16, 2024 03:00 PM EEST:
The next application round in September 2024 will be announced later.
A doctoral study right can only be gained through the admissions process. Applying to the programme outside the set admission periods is not possible.
In addition to the university's general requirements for doctoral applicants on eligibility and language proficiency, the doctoral programme requires that the following conditions are met:
Only applications meeting the formal criteria for eligibility continue to scientific evaluation at the doctoral programme.
The target degrees available within the programme are:
All successful applicants are admitted to complete a doctoral degree, but they can choose to first complete a Licentiate degree.
Please, check which degree is available in the chosen faculty with your background studies and also, note that your supervisory arrangements must match your chosen target degree and home faculty. At least one of your supervisors must be in a permanent or long-term employment to the faculty you're applying to.
If the application form does not include a suitable field of science for your doctoral research, please inform the chosen field in the section ‘Brief summary of the research plan’.
Availability of supervision and related resources is elementary for doctoral research: as a rule, the person who agrees to serve as the supervisor from the Faculty can simultaneously supervise no more than six students who are completing their postgraduate degree in a way that is equivalent to full-time studying.
A favorable evaluation by a potential supervisor is not binding commitment to supervise, but only a confirmation that the application is affiliated to the discipline in question. The doctoral programme and the Faculty will decide on supervisors and supervision arrangements according to its rules (see section ‘Decision-making’ below in these instructions).
Evaluation of the research plan is based on these general criteria:
The following are emphasized when assessing the quality and suitability of previous studies:
Before drawing up your own preliminary study plan, please acquaint yourself with the doctoral programme's degree requirements. The study plan presented in the application is preliminary, and need not list specific courses. The important thing is that you have given thought on what kind of studies would best support your thesis work and drawn up a preliminary timetable for completing these studies.
It’s good to note that admissions to the programme are quite competitive and it’s important to prepare the application carefully. The yearly admission quota for the years 2021-2024 is max 46 new students each year.
Acquainted with the selection criteria and all set to apply? Great! Now go back to the university's general instructions for doctoral applicants, where you will find all the information you need to prepare and submit your application and the needed enclosures. Good luck!
Applications meeting the formal eligibility requirements will proceed to the academic assessment of the application, which will take place in the doctoral programme by its supervisors. The final decision on granting the right to pursue a degree will be made by the faculty responsible for the target degree based on a proposal by the steering group of the doctoral programme in question.
In conjunction with admission, the doctoral programme and the title of the doctoral degree to be pursued will be confirmed, and the student will be assigned at least two supervisors who have completed a doctoral degree and of whom at least one has a permanent or long-term employment contract with the Faculty in which the student will pursue the doctoral degree. In addition, each student will be assigned a coordinating academic, who may also serve as one of the dissertation supervisors.
Please note, that supervisors you mentioned in the application form, are not necessarily appointed to supervise your doctoral research, if they already have too many supervisees or there are more suitable supervisors available in terms of academic qualification, research interests and/or employment to the faculty in question.
A timetable for decisions is available in the university's general instructions for doctoral applicants.