Admission to Philosophy 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;
- copy of written works (electronic copies only);
- 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 interview
The assessment process takes place in two phases: first, the doctoral thesis project and written works will be assessed on a 100-point scale. A score of at least 51 points is required for a positive result. All applicants who receive at least 51 points will be invited to an admission interview.
Doctoral thesis project (3–5 pages + references)
- describe and justify the topic, the theoretical background and research methodology; present an overview of the main literature, including, if relevant to the project, historical philosophical sources;
- describe the nature of the problem discussed in the thesis, how it is approached, and the literature you plan to use in the work.
The doctoral thesis project will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
- the topic, i.e. the originality, novelty and philosophical relevance of the problem;
- the ability of the applicant to understand and accurately formulate the research problem;
- the applicant's understanding of the purpose of the work and whether the applicant has a working hypothesis;
- the suitability of the research method;
- the applicant's knowledge of the relevant philosophical literature;
- the feasibility of the work proposed, given the supervision competencies available at the department.
Written works (5–50 pages)
The written works to be submitted are the applicant’s choice. However, they should be drawn from the applicant's philosophical publications or manuscripts. They should be examples of the applicant’s previous research and study competence.
The written works are assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
- academic writing skills;
- whether and where the written works have been published/are forthcoming
- links to the topic, i.e. problem, of the proposed doctoral thesis (applicants who submit writing samples that are on the same topic as the thesis project are likely to score more highly)
The interview will take place in person in Tartu or via Skype (see the requirements for Skype interviews) on June 20, 2019, Jakobi 2-336, Tartu. International applicants will be informed of their interview date and time by the respective faculty. The interview will take up to 30 minutes and is conducted either in Estonian or English.
The purpose of the admission interview is to evaluate candidates’ motivation and general eligibility for the PhD programme. The interview may include questions on the basis of the candidate’s CV, doctoral thesis project and written works.
The interview will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- applicant’s interest, prior education and/or work experience’s compliance with the objectives and learning outcomes of PhD studies;
- skills in analysis, argumentation, and self-expression;
- aptitude and commitment to publish their research in high quality journals and prestigious publishing houses;
- readiness for continuous learning and professional development.
The interview is assessed on a 100-point scale. A positive result requires at least 51 points. The minimum score required for being eligible for admission is 66 points.