Doctoral programmes and centres

Here, you can find an overview of the doctoral programmes at the University of Tartu. The University of Tartu offers eight doctoral programmes (further divided into specialisations), all of which fall under one of four centres for doctoral studies:

 Centre for Doctoral Studies in Humanities

 Centre for Doctoral Studies in Social Sciences

 Centre for Doctoral Studies in Medicine and Sport

 Centre for Doctoral Studies in Science and Technology


The information on this page is relevant from the 2022/2023 academic year. Please visit the Study Information System here if you are interested in programmes before 2022/2023.

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Centre for Doctoral Studies in Humanities
The Centre for Doctoral Studies in Humanities is a part of the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty’s doctoral programme combines 22 specialisations, coordinated by the Institute of History and Archaeology, Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics, Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics, Institute of Cultural Research, School of Theology and Religious Studies, and College of Foreign Languages and Cultures. Around 200 doctoral students are enrolled at the faculty, about 30% of whom are international students.

Doctoral research conducted at the faculty is extremely varied, ranging from zoosemiotics to archaeological chemistry. This diversity is supported by the structure of admission – all specialisations offer the chance to apply for a doctoral research position with your own topic.


Doctoral programme in Humanities

Information regarding the programme and application process

Specialisations in the Institute of Cultural Research

  • Comparative Literature
  • Estonian Literature
  • Ethnology
  • Folkloristics
  • Theatre Studies

Specialisations in the Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics

  • Finno-Ugric Studies
  • Linguistics

Specialisations in the Institute of Foreign Language and Cultures

  • Classical Philology
  • English Language and Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Scandinavian Languages and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Translation Studies

Specialisations in the Institute of History and Archaeology

  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • History

Specialisations in the Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics

  • Philosophy
  • Semiotics and Culture Studies

Specialisations in the School of Theology and Religious Studies

  • Religious Studies
  • Theology

 

Homepage of the Centre for Doctoral Studies in Humanities

Lii Lang
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Senior Specialist for Doctoral Studies and Projects
Jakobi 2–119
+372 737 5346
Lii Lang
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Senior Specialist for Doctoral Studies and Projects
Jakobi 2–119
+372 737 5346
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Centre for Doctoral Studies in Social Sciences
The Faculty of Social Sciences offers two doctoral programmes: Social Sciences and Educational Sciences. The programmes combine specialisations coordinated by the Institute of Education, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, the School of Economics and Business Administration, the Institute of Psychology, the School of Law, and the Institute of Social Studies. Approximately 200 doctoral students are enrolled at the faculty, 25% of whom are international students.

Research at the faculty is focused on impactful societal questions, which are investigated with state-of-the-art methods. The aim of the faculty is to shape and interpret the future of society, and doctoral students play an integral role in achieving that goal.


Doctoral programme in Educational Sciences

Information regarding the programme and application process

  • Educational Science
  • Science Education


Doctoral programme in Social Sciences

Information regarding the programme and application process

  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Media and Communication
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

 

Homepage of the Centre for Doctoral Studies in Social Sciences

Leana Lahesoo
Faculty of Social Sciences
Dean's Office, Faculty of Social Sciences
Senior Specialist for Research and Development
Lossi 36–126
+372 737 5337
Leana Lahesoo
Faculty of Social Sciences
Dean's Office, Faculty of Social Sciences
Senior Specialist for Research and Development
Lossi 36–126
+372 737 5337
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Centre for Doctoral Studies in Medicine and Sport
The Faculty of Medicine offers one doctoral programme – the Doctoral Programme in Medicine and Sport. The programme’s four specialisations are coordinated by the Faculty of Medicine and the Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy.

UT medical researchers are acknowledged leaders in their field—thanks to them UT is among the 1% of the world’s most influential research institutions in the field of clinical medicine. Around 230 doctoral students are enrolled at the faculty’s doctoral programmes.


Doctoral programme in Medicine and Sport

Information regarding the programme and application process

  • Exercise and Sport Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Neurosciences
  • Pharmacy

 

Homepage of the Centre for Doctoral Studies in Medicine and Sport

Rene Kärner
Faculty of Medicine
Dean's Office, Faculty of Medicine
Head of Dean's Office
Ravila 19-1055
+372 737 5325
Rene Kärner
Faculty of Medicine
Dean's Office, Faculty of Medicine
Head of Dean's Office
Ravila 19-1055
+372 737 5325
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Centre for Doctoral Studies in Science and Technology
The Centre for Doctoral Studies in Science and Technology is a part of the Faculty of Science and Technology, and coordinates four doctoral programmes. Around 500 doctoral students are enrolled at the faculty, about 36% of whom are international students.

The institutes that coordinate the specialisations are the Institute of Computer Science, the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Chemistry, the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics, the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Tartu Observatory, the Institute of Technology, the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, and the Institute of Genomics. Additionally, the Science Education specialisation from the Educational Sciences programme of the Faculty of Social Sciences falls under the centre’s responsibility.


Doctoral programme in Chemical and Physical Sciences

Information regarding the programme and application process

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Space Research and Technology


Doctoral programme in Engineering and Technology

Information regarding the programme and application process

  • Computer Engineering
  • Environmental Technology
  • Materials Science
  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Sustainable Energetics


Doctoral programme in Life and Earth Sciences

Information regarding the programme and application process

  • Biodiversity and Ecological Sustainability
  • Genomics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Molecular Biosciences


Doctoral programme in Mathematics and Computer Science

Information regarding the programme and application process

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematical Sciences


 

Homepage of the Centre for Doctoral Studies in Science and Technology

Kairi Terreping
Faculty of Science and Technology
Dean's Office, Faculty of Science and Technology
Senior Specialist in Academic Affairs
Vanemuise 46-208
+372 737 6521
Kairi Terreping
Faculty of Science and Technology
Dean's Office, Faculty of Science and Technology
Senior Specialist in Academic Affairs
Vanemuise 46-208
+372 737 6521
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Doctoral defence: Iris Reinula "Genetic variation of grassland plants in changing landscapes"

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Doctoral Defense: Natàlia Pujol Gualdo "Decoding genetic associations of female reproductive health traits"

Jaan Vihalemm

Industrial doctoral student combines work and studies