|Application fee||€80.00 one-time|
Postgraduate diploma (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Estonian.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
All academic documents (diploma, transcript) need to be certified by a public notary or issuing university. If the document is not in English or Estonian it also needs to be officially translated.
It is required that you send verified copies of the entry qualification documents directly to the university by postal mail, according to the instructions given by the institution. Important! Never send original documents by post!
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IELTS (International English Language Testing System) academic: 7.0
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Need to be uploaded to the online application system:
- Plan for the doctoral thesis approved by the supervisor. Your research proposal (appr. 2500 words without bibliography) should include at least the following: topic of your intended research, introductory overview of your research project, overview of the present state of the research done on the topic in the world, research objectives and approach (methodology), what research you have done already on this topic (if relevant) and what are the expected preliminary results of your thesis, why is it reasonable to carry out this project in Estonia, references/preliminary bibliography. If your intended research includes fieldwork, please describe the scope and duration of it, add a provisional budget and indicate the possible sources for financing.
- Curriculum Vitae (incl. list of publications)
Please note that Your application will not be processed before your thesis plan (research proposal) confirmed by your prospective supervisor has been uploaded.
Students with long-term medical conditions*, may encounter obstacles in higher education. Aiming to provide equal education students have the opportunity to apply for adjustments to compensate for the disadvantage that their condition may result in. Lectures have the right to give reasonable adjustments, but not an obligation.
Specific requirements for Non-EU applicants:
Please also see the country specific requirements: www.tlu.ee/en/Degree-Studies/Application-procedure/Country-Specific-Requirements
Country specific requirements may not apply to all countries, please see if Your country is on the list.
The study programme is aimed at all people who are interested in
- Cultural Theory,
- Estonian Literature and Culture,
- English Literature and Culture,
- German Literature and Culture, Romance Studies,
- Russian Literature and Culture,
- Middle Eastern and Asian Literatures and Cultures,
- Cultural Geography,
- Social and Cultural Anthropology.
We are looking for PhD students who wish to pursue academic research in the areas mentioned above and be supervised by our experts in these fields.
We encourage our PhD students to approach their research topics from an interdisciplinary angle and combine comparative literature, theoretical and practical approaches to the mechanisms of culture and other methodological and research approaches. During their studies the students achieve an in-depth knowledge of contemporary approaches in the humanities and in cultural theory.
NB! In 2018 there will be two PhD students admitted to conduct research specifically in intellectual history/cultural history/political philosophy. For further details please consult this link: www.tlu.ee/en/School-of-Humanities/Between-the-Times-PhD
Postgraduate destinations: www.tlu.ee/en/School-of-Humanities/Studies-of-Cultures/Post-graduate-destinations