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Government and Politics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (QS) ,
The School endeavours to accommodate individual expectations and work schedules. This Government and Politics programme is offered by Tallinn University.


Objectives of the Programme

  • to give a possibility to acquire a PhD degree for those working in fields requiring an academic qualification in government and politics; 
  • to provide advanced knowledge on current political and social science theories; 
  • to complement the analytical and theoretical abilities through philosophical courses;
  • to support the students develop into highly qualified lecturers, scientists and specialists in order to assure the sustainable development of the field.

Learning Outcomes

  • has achieved the highest state level of competence in the academic sciences and analytical skills and has also acquired a broad knowledge base through extensive reading;
  • has developed into a creative scientist possessing an innovative attitude;
  • is qualified as an independent researcher and able to effectively participate in Estonian and international research networks;
  • has acquired the scientific competences necessary to apply for project funding and to organize groups;
  • is competent to teach and support the learning process for students;
  • can introduce specific knowledge related to Political Science within the larger context of society; can participate in discussions across the spectrum of society and influence the social decision process.
  • The curriculum is open to individuals interested in acquiring a higher qualification in the study of government and politics.
  • Doctoral studies do not necessarily demand previous education in social or government studies. While education in the subject field does make it easier, the main criteria for acceptance are the applicant’s explicit interest and the idea for the thesis. It is advisable to consult with the potential supervisor(s) when formulating the subject for the thesis.
  • Prospective applicants are advised to pass the masters studies programme first, when preparation in the studies of government and politics is inadequate. This is an individual choice, based on the idea for the doctoral thesis, the motivation of the applicant, time constraints and advice from the supervisor.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Practice of Research IN Social Sciences
  • Learning and Teaching in University
  • Seminar on Statistical Data Analysis Methods
  • Seminar on Qualitative Methods
  • Seminar on Writing a Scientific Article
  • Seminar on Project Writing
  • Doing Comparative Research

            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 
            • 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)

            • Admission exam (interview) is based on the plan for the doctoral thesis that is agreed with the prospective supervisor.

            Tuition Fee

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            Living costs for Tallinn

            • 598 - 950 EUR/month
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