|Study location||Estonia, Tartu|
|Nominal duration||2 years|
|Tuition fee||€4,000 per year
There are 9 tuition-waivers available for top ranked applicants in 2020/21, including 4 tuition-waivers for EU/EEA/Swiss applicants, 5 tuition-waivers for other applicants. More information on tuition fees is available at www.ut.ee/tuition-fees.
|Application fee||€50 one-time
Application fee is non-refundable.
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification – for country-specific document requirements please see www.ut.ee/country-specific.
Please be sure to check further information on required documents 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.
- Philosophy at Tartu was ranked among the best 150 by the QS rankings in 2018, and is by far the best in the Baltic region
- Our faculty includes professors, from different parts of the world, with great experience in teaching and research
- In 2020 we offer nine free study places for best ranking applicants
- There are maintenance grants offered to the best two or three applicants
- Your study plan will be personalized, for the most part based on your interests and needs (see programme structure at the link below)
- A previous degree in philosophy is not required. We welcome applicants from whatever discipline, and we are ready to fill in possible gaps in basic philosophical knowledge
- Our graduates have been successful both in further studies at PhD level and in the non-academic job market
The two-year Master’s programme in Philosophy at the University of Tartu opens doors in the job market and is good preparation for anyone who seeks to continue their studies to a doctoral level in philosophy, but also in other disciplines (e.g. politics, religion studies, public policy studies).
Since 2016, over 50% of our graduates have been admitted into PhD programs around the world as well as in Estonia, for example: Melbourne (Australia), Stirling, Durham (UK), Columbia University (USA), Missouri St Louis (USA), Vienna (Austria), Maastricht (Holland), and many other places.