The University of Tartu is Estonia's leading research and development institution with more than 1400 Doctoral students conducting reseach at the university each year.
- More than 100 doctoral degrees are defended annually (more than half of the total number in Estonia).
- Doctoral schools at the UT facilitate special projects, foster international collaboration and bring extra funding and support for PhD studies, including international seminars and practical skills training.
- UT belongs to the top 1% of the world's most-cited universities and research institutions in the fields of Clinical Medicine, Chemistry, Environment/Ecology, Plant and Animal Science, Geosciences, Social Sciences (general), Biology and Biochemistry and Engineering (ISI Web of Science 2016). A total of 38 UT scientist belong to the top 1% of most quoted scientists in the world (UT Science in Numbers).
A PhD programme lasts for 4 years and requires 240 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) to be earned for completion. Read more about regulations and organisation of PhD studies at the University of Tartu.
General eligibility requirements
- Master's degree or a corresponding level of education.
- Some faculties may require an entrance examination or interview.
- All eligible applicants are ranked and ranking is based on the results of entrance examinations and other programme-specific requirements set for a particular PhD curriculum.
- Admission is regulated by the document Admission rules in Doctoral studies in the 2017/2018 academic year.
Language of instruction
The language of instruction for most of the doctoral programmes is English. Applicants are expected to be proficient in English (B2 level according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). A test of English language proficiency is not required, but if you have taken any language test (e.g TOEFL, IELTS) you are encouraged to submit the score report upon applying.
However, we have two doctoral programmes, where learning of Estonian during the programme is compulsory - it means some of the instruction takes place in Estonian. These programmes are: Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics and Law.
Tuition fee and scholarships
There is no tuition fee for PhD studies at the University of Tartu. Students studying full time have the right to receive a monthly stipend of 422 euros (2017). Read more about different scholarship opportunities from here.