Admission to Psychology 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).
* 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 Entrance Interview
The doctoral thesis project and curriculum vitae must be submitted with the application.
Doctoral thesis project
The recommended length of the project is 2–3 pages, but not more than 5 pages. The project must be submitted with other entrance documents. The project must include the following:
1. topic of the thesis, incl. a short summary of the nature of the problem and the most important related research;
2. purpose of the thesis – what kind of a problem the thesis is going to solve;
3. research methodology that will be used to solve the problem and the resources necessary for such work;
4. expectations for the results – their novelty and importance;
5. preparedness to deal with the topic, knowledge of the relevant materials, relatedness with earlier research or work in the field; and
6. information on the supervisor of the thesis.
The assessment of the project covers the following:
- novelty and originality of the project;
- existence of the resources and conditions to carry out the proposed work;
- applicant’s knowledge of modern psychology;
- applicant’s research experience and achievements; and
- applicant’s commitment and abilities to conduct the research.
The entrance interview is based on the doctoral thesis project. During the interview, the committee may check the applicant’s foreign language skills. Publications are considered to be as an advantage in the case of a tie on the basis of the scores. The assessment of the interview covers the same criteria that the assessment of the project does, i.e. novelty, preparedness, knowledge, experience and commitment.
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.
The doctoral thesis project and the entrance interview are assessed separately on a 100-point scale. The doctoral thesis project is successfully defended and the entrance interview is passed if the respective score is at least 51 points.
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