|Study location||Estonia, Tallinn|
|Application fee||€100 one-time|
Postgraduate diploma (or higher)
Doctoral Level (PhD) applicants must have a research MA Degree or corresponding qualifications and experience.
At least 60% of the possible results is expected.
Please see a list of required documents documents here: www.tlu.ee/en/phd
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Estonian.
All required documents must be uploaded with the application by the application deadline. Please do not send your documents by post until you have personally been asked to do so. Please also read the country-specific requirements (www.tlu.ee/en/country-specific-requirements). There may be specific requirements for which documents need to be uploaded.
Once you have been asked to send your documents by post, please make sure that the copies of education documents have been officially certified (www.tlu.ee/certified-copies-and-translations-educational-documents).
The address for sending your documents is:
Please read about the application procedure here: www.tlu.ee/en/application-procedure
Only applicants who have completed their previous levels of education or their previous studies fully in English in the United States, Canada, the Commonwealth of Australia, New Zealand or the EU/EEA countries (attested proof from the previous educational institution required), will be exempted from submitting an international language test as a proof of their English proficiency.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) academic: 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component). Copy of the IELTS Test Report Form is accepted as it will be verified online by Tallinn University.
B2 First (First Certificate in English): 162 (with a minimum of 162 in each component)
Candidates presenting Cambridge English tests should make their results available in the online system for Tallinn University to be verified.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) internet based (TOEFL iBT® Test): 72 (with a minimum result of 18 in reading, 17 in listening, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing component). The test result has to be sent directly to Tallinn University, by the test centre. It is also possible to order the test results to be sent to Tallinn University online (Tallinn University Code number is: 0449).
PTE academic (Pearson test of English): 51 (with a minimum of 51 in each component). Test result has to be sent to Tallinn university through the secure PTE portal.
Tallinn University only accepts English language test scores which have been taken no more than 2 years before the beginning of studies.
Students graduated from International Baccalaureate studies with ENGLISH B Level HL at least grade 6 or ENGLISH A Level with at least grade 5 do not have to prove their English proficiency for B2 level.
NB! Students coming from Finland do not have to prove their language proficiency for B2 level if they have at least “cum laude approbatur” (pitkä oppimäärä) in their matriculation certificate.
Students coming from Latvia do not have to prove their language proficiency for B2 level if they have at least grade “A” or “B” in their General Secondary Education Certificate.
More information is available here: www.tlu.ee/en/proof-english-proficiency
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THE APPLICATION ON THE ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Copy of a Bachelor’s degree certificate or certificate of a corresponding qualification + Transcript of Records/Academic Transcript (official translations are requested if the documents are not in English);
Copy of a Master’s degree certificate or certificate of a corresponding qualification + Transcript of Records (official translations are requested if the documents are not in English);
Copy of the identification page of passport;
Proof of English language Proficiency;
Thesis proposal signed by the prospective supervisor;
Copy of a Sworn Affidavit to Confirmation of Name if the applicant’s name stated in his/her passport differs from the name on any of the other required documents;
Applicants applying for adjustments to be made during the admission exams due to his/her physical or psycho-social special need must submit a copy of medical proof of this special need.
Please also read the country-specific requirements. There may be specific requirements of which documents need to be uploaded.
The application should also consist of:
1) A research plan (no more than 5 pages) that contains the following (see also www.tlu.ee/bfm):
2) CV (If the applicant has a portfolio or homepage (of previous works/projects) it should be linked to CV
3) Motivation letter for choosing Tallinn University as the site of doctoral research and motivation for selecting the doctoral programme.
Specific requirements for Non-EU applicants:
Please also see the country specific requirements: www.tlu.ee/en/country-specific-requirements
The main goal of the study programme is to create conditions for achieving professionalism in the field of audiovisual arts and media studies and for doing independent research and creative work at an internationally recognised level, including:
- to support research-oriented doctoral students in conducting independent doctoral research in contemporary media and communication culture studies, primarily in the fields of digital and audiovisual media, and in developing the necessary skills and knowledge to a high level;
- to support the realisation of creativity-based media and film projects as a practical doctoral research and develop the necessary skills and knowledge to a higl level;
An additional objective is to support the students preparation for careers in teaching and conducting research by developing the necessary pedagogical and research organisation competences.
The study programme has a two-pronged design – the study programme must enable traditional research-based education as well as creative doctoral programme. The central idea behind the creative doctoral thesis is that creative work is also a research-based study and/or experiment, only one accomplished using different means and modalities. In the context of this study programme, the research is carried out and/or reflected using different (above all, audiovisual) representative media, not written argumentation. This means that a work of audiovisual creative research involves mainly three types of research: 1) research concerning the form of audiovisual communication – for example, experimental studies of audiovisual narration techniques are conducted on virtual reality platforms; 2) the possible ways of representation and interpretation of the environment/society/culture and their various cultural or artistic effects are studied in an audiovisual manner; the possibility of reflecting the phenomena studied is employed in a different, and sometimes more effective manner; 3) the processes and methods of the creative work are studied. In all cases, all doctoral theses in this study programme must include the aspect of research and inquiry.
In addition, taking into account the wide disciplinary range of media and communication studies, we are planning for the study programme to be diverse as regards disciplinary approaches. At the same time, taking into consideration the strengths of the BFM and Tallinn University curriculum places a separate emphasis on the topics of audiovisual culture and contemporary digital culture and to approach these above all from humanities perspectives, while promoting interdisciplinary dialogue with other approaches, in particular economic approaches to media and the audiovisual sector. The role of the contemporary media in teaching and learning and issues involving the media and audiovisual culture literacy and didactics will also receive significant attention.
Main field of study: Audiovisual ArtsGeneral Courses 10/12 Individual Courses 0/12 Audiovisual Arts Subject-Specific Courses 12/14 Doctoral Thesis 180/0
Main field of study: Media StudiesGeneral Courses 10/12 Individual Courses 0/12 Media Studies Subject-Specific Courses 12/14 Doctoral Thesis 180/0