Admission to Pharmacy PhD Programme
Finding a supervisor
In the Pharmacy PhD Programme it is strongly advised to find a supervisor before applying to doctoral studies. The information about the key personnel and research focuses is provided on the Faculty of Medicine website. When you contact any faculty members and ask about possible research projects, please attach your CV in the email.
Documents to Be Submitted
NOTE! There is no admission in May 2021
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.
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 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 in Estonian or English and the curriculum vitae must be submitted with other entrance documents in the online application system.
The doctoral thesis project (up to 6 A4 pages) must consist of the following parts:
1. Information on the research topic and the applicant:
a) the topic of the thesis in Estonian and English (with up to three CERCS codes added);
b) the applicant’s name and contact details (job, address, contact phone, e-mail address);
c) name, position and consent (signature) of the supervisor if already agreed. In the event of several super visors, please state who the primary supervisor is and the secondary one(s).
2. Introduction, description of the research background and justification of the choice of the topic. This part describes the research topic and provides an overview of earlier research in this field. The introduction should also give reasons for the choice of the topic and explain the nature of the problem;
3. Research purpose, formulation of the problem or hypothesis. The hypothesis of the thesis or questions the thesis should provide answers to;
4. Description of the methodology. This part describes the methodology chosen – clinical, experimental or epidemiological research, research subjects, sampling, research capacity, data gathering methods, the validity and reliability of the methodology used, data analysis and ethical aspects of the topic. The description of the methodology should refer to the sources of the methods;
5. Expected results, their theoretical and/or practical importance in the context of the field of study;
6. Topics of three possible publications; and
7. Literary sources.
The project is assessed on a 100-point scale. For the result to be positive, 51 points must be earned. The assessment takes place by the doctoral admissions committee in the presence of the applicant. The assessment covers the research quality of the project (relevance, novelty, essential description of the topic) and its feasibility. The latter covers the applicant’s competency based on their earlier experience and professional development.
Candidates who have scored at least 51 points (out of 100) for their doctoral thesis project will be invited to the entrance interview. During the interview, the applicant must be able to defend the main positions of the thesis project in a discussion with the admissions committee. The committee also interviews the applicant on wider issues of the field, to assess the knowledge of the whole field.
The entrance interview is used to assess the following:
- ability to present the project and answer the questions of the admissions committee
- ability to explain the relevance of the doctoral thesis topic, main research questions, expected results, the novelty and importance of the topic.
- applicant’s knowledge in the field (including the knowledge of the main research areas in the field) and academic research experience
- applicant’s personal background and motivation to receive a PhD (readiness to start PhD studies, the perspective of completing the study programme within the nominal study period and future plans).
International applicants who cannot be present at the interview in Tartu, may take an online interview (see the requirements for an online interview). Applicants will be informed of their interview date and time by the respective faculty.