Admission to Educational Science PhD Programme
Documents to Be Submitted
The following electronic documents must be submitted via DreamApply by the application deadline:
- 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).
Sending the documents by post
All admitted students are required to send the application documents by post to: Student Admissions, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-132, Tartu 50090, ESTONIA. The signed application form, degree certificates and transcripts, copy of passport and proof of English language proficiency are expected to be mailed.
Two ways for sending the hard copies
- Hard copies of the application documents are posted by the application deadline. This enables us to process the documents earlier and if you should be admitted, the further process will be smoother.
- However, you can send the documents also after receiving the conditional admission offer via DreamApply (if you will be admitted). In this case, the documents should be sent in the fastest way possible (by courier) and they must arrive in 2 weeks. If you choose the second option, please prepare the certified copies already now, so that you can send them out at once, if necessary. Getting your documents properly certified can take quite a bit of time. If the documents do not arrive on time, the university has a right to withdraw the admission offer.
Please note that the documents are firstly delivered to the university clerical office and not to the Admissions Office. Be patient and wait until you receive a notification via DreamApply, which confirms that we have started processing your documents at our office. Please note that the application documents will not be returned.
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 original documents or already certified copies.
Some country-specific requirements also specify the way documents must be certified.
NB! Applicants graduating in 2020 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, 2020. The graduation documents must be submitted by August 5.
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 project should be up to five A4 pages long (excl. the list of literature). The project should include the research problem, its innovativeness and importance, on the basis of scientific literature, the research methodology proposed and resources needed to solve the problem, and a description of how the expected results would be important in practice and for international research circles. The project should be accompanied by the applicant’s CV. The latter should include information on the applicant’s earlier research activities, including research publications and conference presentations.
The project assessment criteria:
1. innovativeness and importance of the doctoral thesis (up to 20 points);
2. justification of the research problem (up to 20 points);
3. adequacy of the research methodology (up to 20 points);
4. feasibility of the project (up to 10 points); and
5. applicant’s research potential to complete the proposed doctoral thesis (up to 30 points).
The maximum score for the doctoral thesis project and the entrance interview is 100 points. For the result to be positive, 51 points must be earned.
During the entrance interview, the applicant must describe their doctoral thesis project in English; this is followed by up to a 25-minute interview conducted by the committee
The interview takes place on June 19, 2019 at 10.00 Salme 1a-104. International applicants who cannot be present at the interview in Tartu, may conduct the interview via Skype (see the requirements for Skype interview). Applicants will be informed of their interview date and time by the respective faculty.
The interview assessment criteria:
1. ability to explain the project (incl. the research problem, the related research literature, the methods) (up to 30 points);
2. applicant’s motivation to pursue doctoral studies in educational science and to work in this field (up to 10 points);
3. wider analytical and generalisation skills regarding educational topics (up to 20 points);
4. knowing their way around Estonian and international education issues (up to 20 points); and
5. presentation skills/self-expression (in English (all applicants) and in Estonian (native speakers of Estonian)) (up to 20 points).
The maximum score for the entrance interview is 100 points. For the result to be positive, 51 points must be earned.