Admission to Medicine PhD Programme
Documents to Be Submitted
Application documents must be submitted both electronically and by regular mail! However, please note that only the signed application form, degree certificates and transcripts are expected to be mailed to the University. The rest of the documents need to be uploaded to the online application system.
- official copy of the diploma and diploma supplement (transcript/mark sheet) of the preceding study levels (both bachelor's and master's) in the original language*;
- official translation of the diplomas and diploma supplements into English;
- copy of the passport page stating the applicant´s personal particulars;
- doctoral thesis project;
- curriculum vitae (relevant form CV),
- proof of English language proficiency (if you have taken any relevant test, e.g IELTS, TOEFL, you are recommended to submit the score report).
* All copies of educational documents (diplomas and diploma supplements/academic transcripts) must be officially certified. Certified copies should bear an original signature and seal of the authority certifying that these are true copies of the original. The documents can be certified: 1) by an authorized official of the issuing institution; 2) by a notary; 3) with an Apostille attached. The University does not accept simple copies of already certified copies. Some country-specific requirements also specify the way documents must be certified: important information for non-EU applicants is available here.
NB! Applicants graduating in 2017 and having their diplomas issued later than the application deadline, should electronically submit their most recent official Transcript of Records by the required deadline along with the rest of the required documents.
Application deadline: 30 September, 2017. Please make sure the University receives your application documents by the stipulated deadline. The hard copies of the required documents must arrive to Student Admissions, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-134, Tartu 50090.
A master’s degree or an equivalent qualification is a prerequisite for applying:
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Applicants are admitted on the basis of the ranking list. The minimum score required for being admitted is 66.0.
Doctoral Thesis Project and Its Defence
The doctoral thesis project in Estonian or English and the curriculum vitae must be submitted with other entrance documents in the online application system.
The doctoral thesis project (up to 6 A4 pages) must consist of the following parts:
1. Information on the research topic and the applicant:
a) topic of the thesis in Estonian and English (with up to three CERCS codes added);
b) applicant’s name and contact details (job, address, contact phone, e-mail address);
c) name, position and consent (signature) of the supervisor if already agreed. In the event of several super visors, please state who the primary supervisor is and the secondary one(s).
2. Introduction, description of the research background and justification of the choice of the topic. This part describes the research topic and provides an overview of earlier research in this field. The introduction should also give reasons for the choice of the topic and explain the nature of the problem.
3. Research purpose, formulation of the problem or hypothesis. The hypothesis of the thesis or questions the thesis should provide answers to.
4. Description of the methodology. This part describes the methodology chosen – clinical, experimental or epidemiological research, research subjects, sampling, research capacity, data gathering methods, the validity and reliability of the methodology used, data analysis and ethical aspects of the topic. The description of the methodology should refer to the sources of the methods.
5. Expected results, their theoretical and/or practical importance in the context of the field of study.
6. Topics of three possible publications; and
7. Literary sources.
The project is assessed on a 100-point scale. For the result to be positive, 51 points must be earned. The assessment takes place by the doctoral admissions committee in the presence of the applicant. The assessment covers the research quality of the project (relevance, novelty, essential description of the topic) and its feasibility. The latter covers the applicant’s competency based on their earlier experience and professional development. The applicant must be able to defend the main positions in the project during an interview with committee members. The committee also interviews the applicant on wider issues of the field, to assess their knowledge of the whole field.
International applicants who cannot be present at the interview in Tartu, may take the exam via Skype (see the requirements for Skype interview). Applicants will be informed of their interview date and time by the respective faculty.
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