Admission to Law PhD Programme
Finding a supervisor
You are not required to find a supervisor to apply to the PhD programme in Law. You can propose your own reasearch topic, there is no preliminary list of topics or prospective supervisors.
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 (guidelines below);
- 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.
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 2021 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, 2021. 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.
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 for each of the two criteria.
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 its illustrative structure (recommended);
3) short overview of the most relevant earlier research in the field;
4) presentation of the research methodology;
5) illustrative list of literature; and
6) timetable of the work.
It is recommended that applicants agree on the doctoral thesis project with their supervisors.
Candidates who have scored at least 51 points (out of 100) for their doctoral thesis projects will be invited to the entrance interview.
The entrance interview is used to assess the following:
1) relevance of the doctoral thesis topic;
2) significance of the doctoral thesis topic for jurisprudence;
3) practical value of the doctoral thesis topic for Estonian society;
4) doctoral applicant’s knowledge in the field of the proposed thesis; and
5) doctoral applicant’s motivation (especially the application reasons, the temporal perspective of completing the study programme and future possibilities to apply the knowledge acquired).
The entrance interview takes place on 30 June, 2021. International applicants who cannot be present at the interview in Tartu, may conduct an online interview (see the requirements for an online interview). Applicants will be informed of their interview date and time by the respective faculty.