|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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By 1st May 2019 the candidates are recommended to submit the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org :
1) A research proposal accepted by the prospective supervisor (length approx. 3 pages / 1500 words without the list of sources), which contains at least the following components:The topic of the research project; The objectives of the research and main research question(s); Overview of methods to be used and/or of main terminology; The overview of the state of the art of the topic; Overview what topic related research the candidate has done prior to the application; Overview of the contents of the intended research; Prognosis on the possible primary results of the research; Primary list of the sources and literature to be used in the research; The project candidates must also clarify how their topic is related to the project and what activities they will carry out as part of it.
2) A one page description of candidate’s teaching experience so far and a vision of the possible teaching assignments to be conducted during the PhD studies at Tallinn University. It is highly recommended to find, in collaboration with the prospective supervisor, some links with the present courses and study programmes taught at Tallinn University.
3) CV (including a list of candidate’s publications)
During the application period (13 May – 01 July) the candidates should upload into DreamApply:
1) The research proposal that has been expanded and enhanced in cooperation with the prospective supervisor (length approx. 5 pages / 2500 words without the list of sources), which contains at least the following components:The topic of the research project; The objectives of the research and main research question(s); Overview of methods to be used and/or of main terminology; The overview of the state of the art of the topic; Overview what topic related research the candidate has done prior to application; Overview of the contents of the intended research; Prognosis on the possible primary results of the research; Primary list of the sources and literature to be used in the research; The timeline-schedule of the research (incl. information on research to be conducted abroad, like Erasmus visits to other universities, visiting libraries and archives abroad etc.).
If the research contains fieldwork: the description of the scope, length, and financing (both the projected budget and sources of financing).
The project candidates must also clarify how their topic is related to the project and what activities they will carry out as part of it. For non-project related topics clarification why this research should specifically be carried out at Tallinn University School of Humanities.
2) Expanded vision of the teaching assignments to be carried out during the PhD studies (max. 2 pages). It should give information on courses or course components to be taught, the role of the PhD candidate, and should be accepted by the prospective supervisor. (During the four years of PhD studies the students are expected to assist at least in three courses or seminars and to teach or co-teach at least one course / seminar).
3) CV (including a list of candidate’s 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/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/Between-the-Times-PhD
Postgraduate destinations: www.tlu.ee/en/school-of-humanities/studies-cultures