|Study location||Estonia, Tallinn|
|Nominal duration||4 years (240 ECTS)|
|Application fee||€100 one-time|
Postgraduate diploma (or higher)
Doctoral level (PhD) applicants must have a Master’s degree or corresponding qualifications and experience.
At least 60% of the possible maximum results from your Bachelor’s as well as Master’s studies is expected in order to qualify for studies in Tallinn University.
Step-by-step application guides can be found here.
We advise you to apply as soon as possible so that the admission specialists can give you feedback before the application deadline and a chance for you to update your application, if necessary.
Tallinn University does not accept applications submitted by third parties. Applicants must complete and sign the application form themselves.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Estonian.
You must take the original entry qualification documents along with you when you finally go to the university.
All required documents must be uploaded with the application by the application deadline.
Applicants who have successfully passed their entrance exam, may be asked to send their educational documents to Tallinn University by post. Specific instructions will be given by the admission specialists to each applicant individually. Please do not send any documents by post until you have personally been asked to do so.
Whether any documents are required by post can also be determined by examining Tallinn University’s country-specific requirements. which may state, for example, that the applicant’s Transcript of Records must be sent to Tallinn University by the awarding institution or that a document needs to be certified in a particular way.
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, United Kingdom, Switzerland 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.
The following tests with scores outlined are accepted:
Tallinn University only accepts English language test scores which have been taken no more than 2 years before the beginning of studies.
More information is available here.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
A research plan (no more than 5 pages) that contains the following (see also www.tlu.ee/bfm):
CV (If the applicant has a portfolio or homepage (of previous works/projects) it should be linked to CV
Motivation letter for choosing Tallinn University as the site of doctoral research and motivation for selecting the doctoral programme.
Specialist for Doctoral Studies: Kaia-Liisa Jõesalu
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