Admission to Media and Communication 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. The topic has to be chosen from the list of topics given on the website of the Institute of Social Studies: https://www.yti.ut.ee/en/studies/research-topics-prospective-students
During the admission procedure, the applicant’s motivation and suitability for doctoral studies in the field of media and communication are assessed.
Doctoral thesis project
The recommended length of the project is 3–5 pages, but not more than 10 pages (excl. the list of literature). The project must be submitted with other entrance documents. The project must include the following:
1. the topic of the thesis, incl. a short summary of the nature of the problem and the most important related theoretical approaches and former research;
2. the purposes of the research – what kind of a problem the thesis is going to solve;
3. the research methodology that will be used to solve the problem and that is necessary for such work;
4. expectations for the results – their novelty and importance;
5. the preparedness to deal with the topic, knowledge of the relevant materials, relatedness with earlier research or work in the field, earlier research publications of the applicant;
6. information on the supervisor of the thesis; and
7. the planned time schedule of the activities.
The project should be accompanied by the earlier research publications of the applicant or their manuscripts ready to be published.
When preparing for the exam, you should explore the specialised literature in the fields related to the doctoral thesis and the homepage of the UT Institute of Social Studies at www.yti.ut.ee.
The interview is based on the CV submitted by the applicant. The aim of the interview is to obtain an overview of the applicant’s education and work experience. The interview is used to determine the applicant's motivation to study this field and their expectations for doctoral studies.
The interview takes place June 19, 2019, Lossi 36-221, Tartu.
International applicants who cannot be present at the interview in Tartu, may take the exam via Skype (see the requirements for Skype interview). Applicants will be informed of their interview date and time by the respective faculty.
Doctoral thesis projects are assessed from three main aspects: the applicant’s ability to formulate research problems, their theoretical and methodological competency and the feasibility of the project. These are also important for the purpose of the interview. Apart from these, the interview considers the motivation of the applicant, their earlier education and work experience as well as their abilities in the particular field of study. Publications are considered to be as an advantage in the case of a tie on the basis of the scores.
The doctoral thesis project is assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
- its novelty and originality (up to 20 points);
- the applicant’s theoretical and methodological expertise (up to 60 points); and
- its feasibility (up to 20 points).
The maximum score for the doctoral thesis project is 100 points. For the result to be positive, 51 points must be earned.
The entrance interview is assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
- the applicant’s motivation to study and work in this field (up to 20 points);
- the experience and education in the field (on the basis of their CV) (up to 20 points);
- their theoretical and methodological expertise (up to 40 points); and
- the analytical and generalisation skills (up to 20 points).
The maximum score for the interview is 100 points. For the result to be positive, 51 points must be earned.