|Study location||Estonia, Tartu|
|Nominal duration||2 years|
|Tuition fee||€3,740.00 per year
10 tuition-waivers available for the top ranked applicants in 2019/20.
|Application fee||€50.00 one-time
Further information: www.ut.ee/en/application-fee
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
NB! Please see important information on
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.
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!
Please note that the documents are expected to be mailed to the University only by those receiving the admission offer (unless instructed otherwise by the admissions staff).
Address for sending the application documents:
All applicants must comply with the 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.
A relevant portfolio is required.
To be more precise: In addition to the motivation letter, you are 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.
The 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.
Estonian applicants should apply from February 1 until March 15 via SAIS.
Specific requirements for Non-EU applicants:
Please check the country-specific information to find out if there are additional requirements you need to meet: www.ut.ee/en/country-specific-requirements.
If admitted, you will most likely need to apply for visa/residence permit. Please find more information about the application process: www.ut.ee/en/welcome/non-eu-citizens-residence-permits-and-visas.
- 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
- We offer ten free places to the best ten applicants, no matter where they are from
- 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), Missouri St Louis (USA), Vienna (Austria), Maastricht (Holland), and many other places.