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History, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (QS) ,
he History PhD programme aims to prepare researchers, lecturers and other academic staff in the broad fields of history, including archaeology and art history.


In doing this, the programme is first and foremost meant to supervise the students in developing the required skills for independent research. The students get an in-depth knowledge of contemporary approaches in the humanities and in cultural theory.\

Concerning the PhD programme in Art History, we welcome first of all people who are interested in pre-modern art and interdisciplinary studies in Visual Culture. In Archeology, we welcome projects relating to the prehistory of Estonia and its neighbours, especially in the late Iron Age, but also topics in the field of urban archeology. In history, we welcome projects in all fields related to the past of the Baltic States, Russia and Europe in general, but also topics related to Baltic-German (Cultural) History and Environmental History/Studies.

The doctoral study programme of history was opened in 2003. It developed further according to the international traditions of doctoral study organisation, introducing the best practices whenever possible in the Estonian setting. As a result, the number of doctoral students has increased reasonably and evenly.

Doctoral students are supervised individually. The actual study process is partly organised in the form of general courses, whereas the remainder of the time schedule takes into account the individual necessities and opportunities of the student; doctoral seminars take place both as subject-based and as part of the series of seminars in the School of Humanities, and doctoral students are involved in the projects of the School and in the teaching process whenever possible.

The study programme design takes into account that doctoral students need to go to work and is focused on the completion of the doctoral thesis.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
    • Estonian
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Applied Activities on Speciality I
  • Applied Activities on Speciality II
  • Additional Topic I
  • Additional Topic II
  • Historiography
  • Philosophy of History
  • Methodology of History and Related Arts and Sciences
  • Qualifying Exam
  • Academic Estonian and Terminology
  • Research Methods for Studying Culture
  • Issues in the Philosophy of Culture
  • General Theory of Culture
  • Academical Writing for Doctoral Students
  • Research Methodology
  • Planning and Running R and D Projects
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education/University
  • Seminar on Project Writing

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Application cover printed from the online application system.
  • Copy of a Bachelor’s degree certificate or equivalent + transcript of records (translations are requested if documents are not in English); both copies and translations must be attested by a notary.
  • Copy of a Master’s degree certificate or equivalent + transcript of records (translations are requested if documents are not in English); both copies and translations must be attested by a notary.
  • Plan for the doctoral thesis signed by the prospective supervisor.
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Copy of the identification page of passport
  • Receipt of payment of the application fee (80 EUR).

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Tallinn

  • 598 - 950 EUR/month
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