Admission to Computer Science PhD programme
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, copy of passport and proof of English language proficiency 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;
- proof of English language proficiency at a satisfactory level;
- 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 2019 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 (does not apply for the intake in September/November). Please note, that you must have graduated from your master´s studies by August 1, 2019. The graduation documents must be submitted by August 5.
Application deadline: March 1, 2019. 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 18-132, Tartu 50090.
For further information, please contact:
phdadmissions [ät] ut.ee (questions regarding the application system/documents).
A master’s degree or an equivalent qualification in information technology or computer science is a prerequisite for admission.
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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
Applicants are chosen based on doctoral thesis projects approved during a general competition in the faculty.
Doctoral thesis project must give an overview of the research topic an applicant is planning to carry out during PhD studies at UT. The project should reflect the applicants’ knowledge and skills in the field and a feasible plan for completing the dissertation. The commission will assess the plan presented and its feasibility – applicant’s potential to complete the plan accordingly. The content of the project should be agreed upon with a supervisor prior submission.
The project includes:
- Description of the research topic (the project approved by the faculty) – a short overview of the field and listing the most relevant studies carried out in the field
- Research objective – which particular objectives or tasks have been set within the given topic; hypotheses of the research to be carried out
- Research methods or ways to solve the problems set, and description of tools the research requires
- Expectations towards the results – their novelty and importance
- Applicant’s preparedness and ability to implement the doctoral project, knowledge of the field; methodological competency and the topic’s compliance with the applicant’s prior research or professional work
The project is assessed on a 100-point scale (0–100 points), a minimum positive result is 66 points.
For assessment the following is considered – the projects’ academic quality (relevance; novelty and innovativeness) and its feasibility from the perspective of the applicant. The applicants’ prior experience in the field is also considered.