PhD Programmes

Faculty of Philosophy

Literature and Cultural Research
History (some courses are delivered in Estonian)*
Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics (some courses are delivered in Estonian)*
Germanic and Romance Philology
Semiotics and Culture Studies
Russian and Slavonic Philology


Why choose the University of Tartu for your PhD?

The University of Tartu is Estonia's leading research and development institution. Nearly 1200 doctoral students are studying and conducting research at the University each year. There is a wide range of doctoral programmes within different branches of science: Humanities, Social Sciences, Medicine, Natural and Exact Sciences.

Outstanding research

  • Over 2000 scientific articles are published annually by university researchers.

  • The University of Tartu exceeds the world’s 1% impact threshold of citations in Clinical Medicine, Plant & Animal Science, Environmental Sciences and Ecology (according to ISI Web of Science).

  • The University of Tartu participates in six out of seven national Centres of Excellence for research, providing an outstanding environment for doctoral studies.

Excellent support for PhD studies

  • Ca.100 doctoral degrees defended at the University of Tartu annually, or two-thirds of the total number in Estonia.

  • Substantial financial support for PhD students at national and university levels: tuition is free of charge for all PhD students; additionally all PhD students receive either the national doctoral allowance (currently ca. €400/month) or some other kind of financial aid.

  • Doctoral schools at the University of Tartu facilitate special projects, foster international collaboration and bring extra funding and support for PhD studies, including international seminars and practical skills training.