Admission to Russian and Slavonic Philology 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 Russian language proficiency;
- 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: 1) by an authorized official of the issuing institution; 2) by a notary; 3) with an Apostille attached. 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
Applicants must submit their doctoral thesis project, written work and CV along with the application. The CV is necessary for obtaining an overview of the former studies and research of the applicant.
The doctoral thesis project (3–5 pages) must
- describe and justify the topic, its theoretical basis and research methodology, and provide an overview of the thesis and its hypotheses;
- describe the nature of the problem discussed in the thesis, how it is approached, and the literature the applicant plans to use in the work.
The doctoral thesis project and its feasibility are assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
- topic, i.e. the originality, novelty and relevance of the problem;
- applicant’s ability to understand and accurately formulate the research problem;
- understanding of the purpose of the work and whether the applicant has aworking hypothesis;
- suitability of the research method;
- knowledge of the historiographic source material; and
- feasibility of the work, incl. whether it can be supervised at the University of Tartu.
Applicant´s CV is used to consider:
- previous work experience and educational background;
- candidate´s motivation.
The entrance interview consists of a 10-minute presentation by the applicant before the committee and a discussion on the relevant issues of the field of study, based on the thesis project. The interview will take place in person in Tartu or via Skype (see the requirements for Skype interview) on June 28, Lossi 3-222, Tartu. International applicants will be informed of their interview date and time by the respective faculty.
The interview will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- ability to connect the research project with previous scientific work and academic career (also the number and quality of publications will be assessed);
- ability to present the main idea, probleem and stages of the project;
- motivation for writing the doctoral thesis.
The thesis project and its defence are assessed on a 100-point scale, the minimum positive score is 51 points.