|Study location||Estonia, Tartu|
|Nominal duration||2 years|
|Tuition fee||€4,000 per year
There are 8 tuition waivers available for top ranked applicants in 2021, including 4 tuition waivers for EU/EEA/Swiss applicants, 4 tuition waivers for other applicants.
More information on tuition fees is available at www.ut.ee.
NB! Applicants who are not citizens of EU/EEA/Switzerland must pre-pay half of the first semester’s tuition-fee after receiving an admission offer.
|Application fee||€100 one-time
Application fee is non-refundable.
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification (must be obtained by the end of July) – for country-specific document requirements please see www.ut.ee/country-specific.
Please be sure to check further information and our step-by-step application guide at www.ut.ee/philosophy.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Estonian.
All applicants must comply with our English language requirements. The only acceptable English tests and exempt categories are specified at www.ut.ee/requirements.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
The motivation letter is used to evaluate the applicant’s motivation to study in the Philosophy Master’s Programme. With this in mind, please address the following questions in the letter: How are your interests, previous education and/or working experience (if applicable) linked to the Master’s Programme in Philosophy? How are your future plans and goals related to the selected study field? What are the most interesting research topics for you and why (please give adequate reasons for choosing these as potential Master’s thesis topics)?
The motivation letter will be evaluated according to the following criteria: compatibility of interests, previous education and/or work experience and the issues raised in the motivation letter with the goals of the Programme (50%); analytical and argumentation skills (30%); lucidity and self-expression skills (20%). The letter must be written in English and be 400-650 words long.
We advise you to familiarize yourself with the Master’s Programme of Philosophy before writing the letter.
A writing sample must be added to your application
In addition to the motivation letter, you are also required to submit a writing sample. The writing sample can easily be an essay or research paper that you have written during your previous studies or it can be written for the application process itself. Ideally, it should focus on the theme you would like to explore during your Master’s studies. The limit for the word count is 2000-4000 words. The first page of the essay must include following info: your name, date of completion the writing sample, word count. NB! The admissions committee will not read any essay beyond 4000 words.
An interview is conducted with applicants who have passed the evaluation of motivation letter and writing sample. The duration of the interview is 20 min and it is conducted either via Skype or in person.
For further information on motivation letter, writing sample and interview please see www.ut.ee/philosophy.
Joining the master’s programme in Philosophy at the University of Tartu (ranked in the TOP 200 Departments by QS University Rankings) will enable you to acquire historical and systematic knowledge covering a whole range of philosophical topics. You will learn how to think about fundamental “eternal” questions (e.g. ”What is the nature of things?”; ”How can one live a good life?”; “What is truth?“) as well as how to unravel contemporary issues (from issues pertaining to developments in science and technology to environmental and political concerns). As a master’s student, you will be integrated into one of our (often international) research groups. You will develop valuable skills for an academic career in philosophy, such as critical reading and analysis, academic writing, and preparation for presentations.
Why study Philosophy?
• UT is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world in Philosophy (QS Rankings 2021).
We will help you design an individual study plan considering your educational background and interests.
• You can study this programme regardless of your previous educational background.
• You can attend philosophy conferences and lectures (e.g. Frege lectures) by guest professors from all over the world.
• Career possibilities in various fields including politics, administration, journalism and education. More than 50% of our graduates have entered prestigious PhD programmes around the world.
If you want to become a professional producer of knowledge, a researcher, an academic, we have a proven record of placing our students into highly regarded PhD programs.
If you want to become a disseminator of knowledge, for example through journalism, media, or education, our studies will teach you how to carefully process and wisely use the immense amounts of information available nowadays, and how to get learners at any level inspired and excited about the subject you teach.
If you want to become an influencer or a public decision-maker, in our program you will learn how to articulate and defend your own opinions clearly and convincingly, and how to listen and critically engage with the opinions of others.
And if you don’t know yet who you want to become, philosophy might well be the best place for you! The intellectual discipline and the creativity that we practice and encourage in our lectures and seminars will help you evaluate the pros and cons of different career paths, and will make you imagine for yourself future scenarios you might have never considered otherwise.