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Information Society Technologies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (QS) ,
This Information Society Technologies programme at Tallinn University provides conditions for preparing specialists with the highest scientific qualification in ICT area. 


This Information Society Technologies programme at Tallinn University supports development of research based and innovative approaches for working on appropriate positions as well as readiness for continuous personal professional development and suppors development of competences for working on academic positions (researcher, lecturer) or as senior specialist in public, private or third sector.

The graduate:

is internationally known specialist in an ICT problem area;

  • has exhaustive knowledge and skills in a narrower area of the PhD thesis;
  • is able to use adequate scientific methods and technologies for determining as well in analysing and solving ICT related problems;
  • is able to compose high level scientific and popular publications and presentations;
  • is able to work in a multinational team and as a team leader involve different partners; possesses necessary communication skills;
  • is able to find innovative and adequate solutions in changing and unexpected situations;
  • is independent and responsible in analysing, diagnosing, making decisions and implementations;
  • is ready to follow established professional, ethical and intellectual property protection principles as well tolerant to diverse attitude and standpoints;
  • is ready to analyse its own professional activities as well to plan and realize personal professional growth; possesses skills of effective independent learning.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • Tallinn University School of Digital Technologies is the only institution in Estonia that focuses on ‘soft’ information and communication technologies including social media applications, digital learning ecosystems, interaction design, workplace learning and other related fields. 
  • The rapid development of the school is based on drawing on expertise from a large partner network, utilising EU funding, encouraging the empowerment of staff members as well as on applying a holistic approach, integrating dynamic teaching, research and development activities.

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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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Information on finding a research topic and supervisor.
  • Admission exam (interview) is based on the plan for the doctoral thesis that is agreed with the prospective supervisor. The admission interview is conducted at Tallinn University or via a SKYPE connection after the application deadline.

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

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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