Admission to Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics 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
During the admission process, the doctoral thesis project and its feasibility are assessed. The applicant’s research experience is also assessed on the basis of their CV. An applicant for doctoral studies must submit a doctoral thesis project and defend it.
The doctoral thesis project and curriculum vitae must be submitted with the application.
The doctoral thesis project must include the following:
1. justification for the choice of the topic and the research purpose;
2. main issues dealt with in the thesis and an illustrative structure (recommended);
3. short overview of the most relevant former research in the field;
4. presentation of the research methodology;
5. illustrative list of literature;
6. timetable for the work; and
7. length: up to 3 pages.
The project is assessed from the perspective of its research quality, including the following:
1. whether and how much the topic complies with the main research areas of Estonian and Finno-Ugric linguistics and has been approved by the supervisor (10%);
2. whether and how much it includes the justification of the novelty of the perspective (10%);
3. whether and how much it provides an overview of the main sources and literature (10%);
4. whether and how much it shows that the applicant is familiar with the main issues of the topic (10%); and
5. whether and how much the applicant indicates the possible courses of action to find a solution (10%).
Doctoral thesis projects are defended during an interview which will take place in person in Tartu or via Skype (see the requirements for Skype interview) on June 25, 2019 in Tartu. International applicants will be informed of their interview date and time by the respective faculty. During the interview applicants present their projects and answer to questions from admissions committee members.
The assessment of the project defence covers the following:
1. applicant’s ability to relate the project with their earlier research and academic career (incl. the quantity and quality of publications) (10%);
2. applicant’s ability to present the point, problems and main stages of the work (10%); and
3. applicant’s motivation to complete doctoral studies successfully on time (10%).
Feasibility of project
The assessment of the feasibility of a doctoral thesis project covers the following
1. links of the project with larger research projects (5%);
2. existence of the infrastructure and other resources required for the work (5%);
3. relationship between the applicant’s former research and the proposed doctoral thesis (5%); and
4. applicant’s overall competency in the field and earlier research, in view of the experience and professional development presented in their CV (5%).
The maximum score for the doctoral thesis project and its defence is 100 points. For the result to be positive, 51 points must be earned.