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Social Work, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #801 (QS) ,
We recommend that you consider application to the doctoral study of Social Work at Talinn University, if you wish: to acquire in-depth knowledge of the science of social work; to develop skills to participate in the research and development of social work and social policy, present research results in international scientific literature of social work and at conferences.

About

Objectives of the Programme
  • to create opportunities for acquiring the highest scientific qualification in social work;
  • to support development of competencies for professional career as an independent expert in the field of social work;
  • to create pre-conditions for the development of a new generation of researchers and lecturers with independent research skills for institutions of higher education and for social welfare and health institutions.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate:

  • has expanded knowledge and systematic overview in social work, in-depth knowledge on specific research topic;
  • possesses knowledge and skills for implementation of social and health sciences research methods;
  • has skills for independent critical analyzis and synthesis;
  • has knowledge and skills for participating in international research and development activities;
  • is able to plan, implement and critically evaluate professional research and development actions;
  • is able to present the results of their research orally and in writing both in Estonian and a foreign language to international scientific communication (in conferences and in scientific publications);
  • is able to communicate specialized knowledge, supervise scientific work and arrange professional studies;
  • is able to participate in social discussions, present results of their research in argumentated form and influence social decision making processes.
What Do We Expect from an Applicant?

We recommend that you consider application to the doctoral study of social work, if you wish:

  • to acquire in-depth knowledge of the science of social work;
  • to develop skills to participate in the research and development of social work and social policy, present research results in international scientific literature of social work and at conferences;
  • to develop skills for working as a university lecturer for forwarding knowledge of social work, social policy and organise specialised training;
  • to participate in public discussions, present research results in a well-reasoned manner and influence the social decision-making processes.

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 Writing
  • Research Methodology
  • Mixed Methods Research Design
  • Learning and Teaching in University
  • Modern Research Methods in Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • Seminar on Statistical Data Analysis Methods
  • Seminar on Qualitative Methods
  • Philosophy and Methodology of Social Sciences

              English Language Requirements

              You only need to take one of these language tests:

              • Minimum required score:

                72

                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:

                543

                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:

                5.5

                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.

              • Minimum required score (Grade C):

                180

                C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

                Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

              • Minimum required score:

                51

                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

              • 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. Information about the plan for the doctoral thesis: sisask.merike@gmail.com.

              Tuition Fee

              • International Applies to you

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

                Free
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
              We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
              Free

              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.

              Funding

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