Research at the University of Tartu

Research is conducted at the University of Tartu in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Science and Technology. More than 1,000 researchers are employed at the 31 institutes of the university. This is where cutting-edge research is done, contributing through international cooperation to sustainable development and innovation and the preservation of linguistic, natural and cultural diversity.

Research in figures

Research fields

Cutting-edge research

Career in research

Doctoral study


Estonian centres of excellence in research

University of Tartu Doctoral Programmes Admission

Admission to doctoral studies

Research for the benefit of society

The University of Tartu is an adviser of the development of society. We seek research-based solutions to complex problems. We develop national sciences and help bring new knowledge to the service of society. We encourage both children’s and adults’ interest in science and support the development of the talented.

Shaping a research-based society

Research to benefit sustainable development

National sciences professorships

Nurturing interest in research

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Paris Pin-Yu Chen: Thinking Globally about Race and Eugenics in Interwar Estonia
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On 17 June at 10:15 Iris Reinula will defend her doctoral thesis "Genetic variation of grassland plants in changing landscapes".
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On 14–16 May, a delegation from Yamaguchi, Japan, visited Tartu and the University of Tartu to learn from the University of Tartu's experience for the establishment of the soon-to-be-founded health technologies innovation complex at Yamaguchi University.
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Collaboration between computer scientists at the University of Tartu in the development of an app for cancer diagnosis will be boosted through the university's investment company UniTartu Ventures.

Highlights of research and entrepreneurship at the University of Tartu