2 PhD positions in the programme of Philosophy
Documents to be submitted
Applicants need to submit the following documents:
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.
- application (for the topic Experience of time; for the topic Ethical disagreements);
- 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;
- copy of written works (electronic copies only);
- doctoral thesis project;
- curriculum vitae (relevant form CV).
* All copies of educational documents (diplomas and diploma supplements/academic transcripts) must be officially certified: bear an original seal and a signature of an authorized official of the issuing school/university. Copies of education documents can also be certified with an Apostille or by a notary. Some country-specific requirements also specify the way documents must be certified.
Application deadline: December 1, 2016. Please make sure the University receives your application documents by the stipulated deadline. The hard copies of the required documents must arrive to International Student Service, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-134, Tartu 50090.
For further information, please contact:
Ms Kaija Murasov at kaija.murasov [ät] ut.ee (questions regarding the application system/documents).
A master’s degree or an equivalent qualification is a prerequisite for admission.
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Application takes place in two phases: first, the assessment of written works on a 100-point scale, at least 51 points is required for a positive result. All applicants who receive at least 51 points will be invited to an interview where the thesis project will be presented and assessed. The minimum score required for being eligible for admission is 66 points.
Written works (5–50 pages)
Written work to be submitted is the applicant’s choice from their philosophical publications or manuscripts that demonstrates the applicant’s earlier research and study quality.
The written work is assessed based on the following criteria:
- academic writing skills;
- accessibility to the public – (published and accepted for publishing works will be graded higher)
- links to the topic, i.e. problem, of the proposed doctoral thesis.
Doctoral thesis project (3–5 pages)
- describe and justify the topic, the theoretical background and research methodology; present an overview of the main literature, including, if relevant to the project, historical philosophical sources;
- describe the nature of the problem discussed in the thesis, how it is approached, and the literature the applicant plans to use in the work.
Interviews are held on December 5, 2016 via Skype. Should the date not be suitable for you, please inform us at kaija.murasov [ät] ut.ee in advance so we could reschedule the interview. The interview will take up to 30 minutes and is conducted either in Estonian or English.
CV, the doctoral thesis project and its defence will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- the topic, i.e. the originality, novelty and philosophical relevance of the problem;
- the ability to understand and accurately formulate the research problem;
- the understanding of the purpose of the work and whether the applicant has a working hypothesis;
- the suitability of the research method;
- good knowledge of the relevant philosophical literature and the feasibility of the work proposed;
- in the case of CV, the following is taken into account – applicant’s interest, prior education and/or work experience’s compliance with the objectives and learning outcomes of PhD studies.
Each doctoral thesis project and its defence is assessed on a 100-point scale. A positive
result requires at least 51 points.