Author: Karl Oliver Tomson

Excellence in Analytical Chemistry


5 November

Application system opens

5 January

Application deadline

5 March

Admission results

2 September

Academic year starts
Level of study
Study language
Duration and credits
2 years , 120 ECTS
Form of study
Regular study
Student places
Tuition fee
4500-9000 EUR/year
Tuition waivers
15 EU funded scholarships, 3 for citizens of EU/EEA/Switzerland, 3 for all citizenships

Please see the full information about the Excellence in Analytical Chemistry programme on the programme's website.


Course and module details

This programme structure is the latest one confirmed by the university. Next year's modules will be updated by 15 April. Significant changes to the programme will be announced in advance on this website. Check the Study Information System for the latest updates.

Curriculum version:


This curriculum structure is the latest one confirmed by the university. Next year's version will be entered into the Study Information System by 15 April. Significant changes to the structure will be announced in advance on this website.
More info: Study Information System

Admission to the EACH programme is finished for this intake. Next admission round will open in November 2024.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) encompassing at least 60 ECTS in chemistry or chemical engineering and 20 ECTS in mathematics and/or physics.
  • The minimum eligibility requirement for application is 66% of the maximum grade available, as the average of all courses included in the transcript.
  • English language proficiency (see below).

EACH is offering scholarships for programme and partner country applicants which are devided as follows:

  • Applicants from the programme countries: 27 EU member states and UK, Norway, Liechtenstein, Turkey, Iceland, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia
  • Applicants from the partner countries: all other countries

NB! Citizens of the Russian Federation who, under the legislation of the Republic of Estonia, cannot apply for a long-stay visa or residence permit to study or do not have a valid legal basis to stay in the Republic of Estonia until the end of the curriculum’s standard period of study are not eligible to apply to the University of Tartu in the 2024/2025 academic year.

According to the current legislation, citizens of Belarus can apply for Estonian long-term visa and temporary residence permit for studies and are  therefore eligible to apply to the University of Tartu.

Applicants considering the Uppsala study-track: Due to differences in the national systems, there might be differences in the eligibility requirements concerning the previous education. 

Students intending to follow the Uppsala study-track need to fulfil some national requirements related to the diploma issuing country. More information regarding this can be found here. E.g., for applicants who have graduated a university in the Philippines, the minimum requirement for entry to a Master’s programme at Uppsala University (or any other Swedish university) is normally a 4-year Bachelor’s degree and a 2-year Master’s degree. A Bachelor’s degree (4 years) followed by a Bachelor of Law (4 years) or a Doctor of Medicine (4 years) is considered to fulfill the requirements.

Please note that if some Uppsala-specific requirements (excluding the requirements set for previous studies) or providing documents differ from the requirements described on the EACH website, follow the rules on the EACH website.

Please find the admissions time table here:

1. Submit the online application form via the online application system DreamApply by January 5. You will receive an applicant code, which gives access to your account to track your application status. Before submitting the online application form, you need to upload the electronic copies of all the required documents to the online application system DreamApply. Please see country-specific education document requirements here.

NB! Submitted application (including the motivation letter) cannot be edited. It is only possible to upload new documents (e.g., graduation certificates). Applicants will receive feedback and notifications about their application through the DreamApply system to their e-mail. Incomplete applications or those submitted by e-mail will not be considered for admission.

2. Be prepared to take an online calculation test at the end January. The problems in the test include the following: calculations of moles and percentages based on molecular formula and weighing data, calculations of solution concentrations, calculations of results of simple analytical determinations (titration, gravimetry, etc.). The applicants will receive a link to the test by e-mail. Please check your e-mails regularly!

3. Should you be offered admission, you are required to send all the application documents along with your printed and signed application form by post within 3 weeks from the announcement of the offer (by March 26) to:

Student Admissions
University of Tartu
Ülikooli 18-132
Tartu 50090

Please pay attention to the fact that applications that have been mailed before the deadline, but do not arrive in Tartu by March 26, are not accepted. This also includes a proof of English language proficiency (see below)!

Please be aware that only applicants who have submitted all the required documents on time will be eligible for evaluation and ranking!
Please also be aware that the English language test takes time, so please register for a test well in advance of the deadline!

NB! Admitted students who are not citizens of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland need to make sure they obtain the Estonian long-term visa on time in order to be able to participate in the orientation programme for international students held in the last week of August. They are also required to visit the Admissions Office in person to complete their arrival registration by September 2, 2024, at the latest. Failure to do so will result in the revocation of their admission decision and visa.

NB: The University of Tartu has no official partnerships with agents or educational representatives. We strongly recommend applying directly to the university without the help of unauthorised third-party entities. Should you use such a service, please ensure that your application's contact information is your personal details (your e-mail, phone number, etc.).

1. Online application form

2. Official copy of the Bachelor’s diploma or its equivalent and Diploma Supplement (transcript/mark sheet with grading scale) in the original languageb.

3. Official translation of the Bachelor’s diploma and Diploma Supplement into English if the documents are not issued directly in English by the university (transcript/mark sheet with grading scale), translation must be certified.

In order to be considered official, a diploma or academic transcript must bear a seal and a signature of an authorized official. Photocopies of diplomas and transcripts must be certified. Copies can be certified by the institution that issued the diploma or transcript or by a notary as true copies of the originals (please see more info on certified documents and translations here: Documents with an Apostille are also considered official. Non-EU applicants: for submitting correct documents, please check the following country-specific requirements.

NB! Applicants graduating in 2024 and having their diplomas issued later than application deadlines, please submit an application form and the most recent official Transcript of Records by the required deadline (electronically via DreamApply by January 5 and by regular post by March 26). Indicate in your online application, when you will receive all the required educational certificates.

Applicants graduating in 2024 will be first offered conditional admission. Conditional admission is valid until the end of July, thus the degree certificate (or other relevant graduation documents) must be sent to Tartu by July 31, 2024, at latest (but as soon as you receive it). If you expect to graduate later, you cannot be admitted to the programme this year but are welcome to apply for the next year.

4. Simple copy of the passport page stating the applicant’s personal particulars.

5. Proof of residence (from your local municipality).

For calculating travel contribution, the applicants are required to provide proof of their place of residence. The proof of residence must certify the exact address of the applicant and must be issued within 12 months prior to the deadline (January 5) of the online submission of applications to the EACH programme. The proof of residence is an official document e.g. a residence certificate issued in accordance with the applicant’s municipality normal registration rules or a certificate from the candidate’s place of work, study, or training issued by the employer or institution in question, or other relevant documents.
If the certificate is issued by the applicant’s employer or any other institution rather than local municipality, please keep in mind that the document must certify the exact address of the applicant, not the address of a company the applicant was/is working for.
Please upload the document to the DreamApply application system. A hard copy of the document should be sent to University of Tartu by March 26.

6. Proof on the English language proficiency. Please note that language certificates issued by other universities are not accepted! One of the following international tests is required:

  • IELTS Academic: Overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5. Copy of the test result is accepted, as it will be verified online by UT;
  • TOEFL iBT® (Internet-based): minimum score 90. The revised TOEFL® Paper-delivered Test: minimum 22 for all subcategories. The TOEFL result must be sent directly to the University of Tartu by the Educational Testing Service. TOEFL institutional code for the University of Tartu is 0133. The University of Tartu also accepts the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test result, see further information here;
  • Cambridge English: B2 First (former Cambridge English: First (FCE)) – minimum score 173;
  • Cambridge English: C1 Advanced (former Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE));
  • Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency (former Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE));
  • Pearson PTE Academic – minimum score of 62.

If by January 5, 2024, you do not yet have your language test score, then you must submit proof of registration to a language test electronically – upload it to the application system by January 5. The official test score must arrive at UT by February 8, 2024 at the latest.

English language requirement is waived if an applicant can document any of the following:

  • has completed secondary education in English in one of the following countries: in EU/EEA member states; Switzerland; UK; USA; Canada; Australia or New Zealand. In the case of EU/EEA member states, the education certificate must include information on the language of instruction;
  • has completed secondary education (also known as upper-secondary/high school education) in one of the EU/EEA member states or in Switzerland or in UK and has taken the final exam in English with a result that indicates correspondence to B2 level according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
  • has studied in English (with English as medium of instruction), in full-time student status for at least one academic year, in a higher education institution in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, UK or any of the EU/EEA member states. The transcript of records must include information that the applicant was enrolled in the programme taught in English.

7. Motivation letter (of maximum 5000 characters, with spaces) where the applicant can demonstrate knowledge of the field, motivation and argumentation skills, relevant study and work experience, and other relevant activities (publications, project management, etc.). Please note that information in your CV is not taken into account. Only the motivation letter is examined. E.g., if you have extensive experience of working in the field or scientific publications then this should be explained in the motivation letter.
The motivation letter should address the following: (1) Please describe briefly your previous study and work experience (if you worked in a team, please highlight what were your responsibilities, without exaggerating them), as well as your personality. What kind of job do you expect in the future? (2) With self-criticism regarding your experiences, explain your limits in analytical knowledge and skills in relation to your future job. (3) How the EACH program will help you in achieving your future tasks as a professional graduated with a master? (4) How did you get informed about the EACH program? Compare it to national or international programs. (5) Justify your choice for the first and second preference for study-track (i.e. Tartu-Uppsala, Tartu-Lyon, Tartu-Åbo), with relevant argumentation.

Please note that the motivation letters will undergo a plagiarism check. Motivation letters that display similarities with previous text will be evaluated by the academic board of the EACH programme and in case of serious plagiarism the applicant will be removed from the competition.
We may contact you with additional questions concerning your motivation letter.

a Please consult the EACEA’s Provisions for the processing of personal data (also found in the footer of each page of the EACH website). EACEA may use the data for the purposes of evaluating the programmes, efficiently managing the projects, and producing statistics.


The applicants are ranked based on the following two indicators:

1. Average grade of the previous study level (yields 40% of the final score).
2. Motivation letter (yields 30% of the final score).
3. Online test on problem-solving (yields 30% of the final score). In order to be eligible for ranking and fulfil the minimum requirements (exceed the thresholds) for enrolment in the programme, an applicant must have:

–  at least 66% for the average grade (maximum is 100);
–  at least 51% for the motivation letter (maximum is 100) and
–  at least 51% for the problem-solving test

For calculating the final score, points given for the average grade, motivation letter, and problem-solving test are multiplied with their share for admissions score (shares are indicated above in the brackets). The minimum final score for ranking is 66 points, thus candidates having lower final score than 66 points are not considered eligible, and cannot be selected for ranking.

Applicants scoring overall less than 75 are not considered for the partner and programme country scholarship nomination (but can be considered for the tuition waiver scholarship nomination).

Please find the admissions time table here:


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