Admission to Economics and Business Administration 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, 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:
- by an authorized official of the issuing institution;
- by a notary;
- with an Apostille attached.
NB! The University does not accept simple copies of already certified copies.
Some country-specific requirements also specify the way documents must be certified.
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. 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: June 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.
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 and assessment of its feasibility
The project must be submitted not later than the application. The topic has to be chosen from the list of the topics given on the website of the School of Economics and Business Administration: http://www.majandus.ut.ee/en/admissions/admission.
Doctoral thesis projects must include the following:
- title of the thesis;
- topic of the thesis, its importance and relevance;
- purpose, the main research problems and (where possible) the working hypotheses;
- overview of the relevant literature, including the justification of the theoretical background suitable for solving the research problems and the justification of the choice of the research methodology; explaining the niche of the research;
- methodological part, the data, the expected results and their novelty compared to earlier research;
- referenced literature on the topic.
The project must be drawn up in A4 format, with a font size of 12.
During the assessment, the best project is given 100 points. The points given to other projects are calculated as a percentage of the best, based on the committee’s assessment. For the result to be positive, 51 points must be earned. The scores depend on the following:
- research purposes, problems and working hypotheses; connecting them to the literature and research methodology (25%);
- overview of the existing literature, explaining the theoretical background of the research and connecting it to the research methodology (25%);
- research methodology and data, justification of the choice of the research methodology and its novelity compared to earlier research (25%);
- expected results and their novelty compared to earlier research (25%).
Entrance interviews take place in June 19-20, 2019, J. Liivi 4-103, Tartu. The precise time will be given to each applicant after the receipt of their application. If the applicant is abroad, the chair of the committee may decide that the interview can be conducted via Skype (see the requirements for Skype interview).
The purpose of the interview is to assess the feasibility of the doctoral thesis project and success of the studies, considering also the applicant´s previous experience in the field (based on the CV). The score of the interview will depend on the applicant’s ability to present the main points of the proposed doctoral thesis and to characterise their earlier research activities in connection with the thesis project as well as their motivation to complete the doctoral programme successfully on time. The scores depend on the following:
- Applicant´s ability to present clearly the main idea and research questions of the chosen topic and their novelty compared to earlier research in the field (50%);
- The motivation of the applicant. The interview should determine the temporal perspective of completing successfully the study programme within the nominal study period, including applicant´s readiness to start studies in Tartu, etc. (50%)
The maximum score for the interview is 100. For the result to be positive, 51 points must be earned.