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Sociology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (QS) ,
Sociology is engaged in society, the actions of people and their consequences. We are looking for people who are interested in the surrounding world and wish to acquire knowledge to be able to understand and analyse relationships between people and cultural and social structures. This Sociology programme is offered by Tallinn University.


Objectives of the Programme
  • to create opportunities for acquiring the highest scientific qualification in sociology;
  • to support developing of knowledge and skills to act as an independent professional expert;
  • to create conditions for independent academic work in teaching and research at universities or research institutions.
Learning Outcomes
  • has broad knowledge and systematic overview of sociological research fields, methods and theoretical perspectives;
  • is able to orient in scientific sociological literature, find necessary information, critically evaluate, analyse and synthesize information;
  • is able to plan and conduct professional international scientific and development activities based on the principles of ISA (International Sociological Association) code of ethics and to critically analyse and evaluate the results;
  • is able to participate in international professional and social discussion, present research findings and affect social decision-making processes;
  • is able to critically analyse the prevailing norms of society;
  • has competence to work as a researcher, lecturer and expert.
Why Study Sociology at Tallinn University?
  • The study programme relies on the academic staff of TU School of Governance, Law and Society, thus enabling to involve highly qualified researchers in the field of sociology as supervisors and consultants.
  • There are three internationally evaluated research fields in School of Governance, Law and Society, doctoral students are involved into implementation of research grants and international projects.
  • School of Governance, Law and Society has studied various areas of Estonian society, such as lifestyles or social segregation and participated in international studies with other research establishments by using both qualitative and quantitative research methods in conducting surveys.
  • The researchers in the field have extensive international connections, for acquiring research experience it is possible to participate in conferences, seminars, summer schools and study within the Erasmus programme at foreign universities.
  • The study programme is flexible and enables every doctoral student to organise their studies in cooperation with the supervisor and select a proper preparation in regard to research subject.
  • Based on the doctoral study programme an individual plan is compiled for every doctoral student, which also takes into account the need to work;
  • There is an equalising module for students from other specialisations, which allows smooth settling in;
What are the Career Options After the Studies?

An internationally accredited doctoral diploma enables working as a researcher, teacher and top expert in Estonian, EU and international institutions at employment positions, which require a doctoral degree.

What Do We Expect from an Applicant?

Sociology is engaged in society, the actions of people and their consequences. We are looking for people who are interested in the surrounding world and wish to acquire knowledge to be able to understand and analyse relationships between people and cultural and social structures. We presume a master’s degree in social sciences or an equal university diploma. Prior studies in sociology and mastering of research methods, or interest towards these is an advantage.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Seminar on Population Development
  • Academic Estonian and Terminology
  • Current Methods in Humanities
  • Research Methodology
  • Multivariate Statistics: Regression Models and Multivariate Analysis of Variance
  • Multivariate Statistics: Methods for Classifying and Cases
  • Mixed Methods Research Design
  • Learning and Teaching in University
  • Modern Research Methods in Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • Philosophy and Methodology of Social Sciences
  • Doing Comparative Research
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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 
                    • 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 is an interview on the subject of the project of thesis, assessment of publications of the candidate of doctoral study, assessment of the level of academic achievement of the candidate of doctoral study.

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                    Living costs for Tallinn

                    • 598 - 950 EUR/month
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