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Linguistics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (QS) ,
A more general objective is to develop skills and abilities for independent research within a chosen field. Students should be able to conduct internationally relevant independent linguistic studies on the topic of the dissertation, to publish results in high-level scholarly journals and to present papers at international conferences.


The goal of the Linguistics PhD programme is to train researchers and instructors in the field of linguistics.

Courses are held in the School of Humanities in the form of seminars, lectures and independent work.

Doctoral students are expected to contribute to theoretical seminars during the whole period of studies; other courses are conducted mostly in intensive study cycles.

The syllabus is flexible and enables every student to organise his/her studies in close cooperation with the supervisor and to choose the optimal training in a given research topic.

Deadlines for exams and responsible instructors are appointed individually for each student.

In order to obtain international experience, it is possible to participate in conferences, seminars, summer schools and to take courses abroad with the support of the Erasmus programme.

Every doctoral student has to draw an individual study plan in cooperation with the supervisor.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Academic Estonian and Terminology
  • Public Speaking
  • Applied Activities on Speciality I
  • Applied Activities on Speciality II
  • Additional Topic I2.0
  • Additional Topic II3.0
  • Additional Topic III5.0
  • Current Trends in Linguistics II
  • Additional Topic IV4.0
  • Individual Course I2.0
  • Individual Course II3.0
  • Individual Course III5.0
  • Individual Course IV4.0
  • Applied Activities in the Area of Specialisation I
  • Applied Activities in the Area of Specialisation II
  • Individual Subject I
  • Individual Subject II
  • Individual Subject III
  • Individual Subject IV
  • Applied Activities on Speciality I
  • Applied Activities on Speciality II
  • Issues in the Philosophy of Science
  • General Theory of Culture
  • Academical Writing for Doctoral Students
  • Mixed Methods Research Design
  • Learning and Teaching in University
  • Seminar on Project Writing
  • Doing Comparative Research
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

  • Admission exam is based on the plan for the doctoral thesis that is agreed with the prospective supervisor. 
  • It is recommended to decide at an early stage whether the thesis will be a monograph or article collection, as well as the language(s) of the dissertation (it is acceptable if the article dissertation contains articles in different languages). 
  • During the interview the Admission Committee asks candidates about their studies, research interests and plans for PhD studies.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Tallinn

  • 598 - 950 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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