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Studies of Cultures, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (QS) , | ,
Our Studies of Cultures is an umbrella PhD study programme covering fields like Cultural Theory, Estonian Literature and Culture, English Literature and Culture, German Literature and Culture, Romance Studies, Russian Literature and Culture, Middle Eastern and Asian Literatures and Cultures, Cultural Geography, Philosophy, and Social and Cultural Anthropology.


We encourage our PhD students to approach their research topics from an interdisciplinary angle and combine comparative literature, theoretical and practical approaches to the mechanisms of culture and other methodological and research approaches.During their studies the students achieve an in-depth knowledge of contemporary approaches in the humanities and in cultural theory.The study programme is aimed at all people who are interested in

Cultural Theory, Estonian Literature and Culture, English Literature and Culture, German Literature and Culture, Romance Studies, Russian Literature and Culture, Middle Eastern and Asian Literatures and Cultures, Cultural Geography, Philosophy, and Social and Cultural Anthropology.

We are looking for PhD students who wish to pursue academic research in the areas mentioned above and be supervised by our experts in these fields.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Applicants from Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia, deadline for submitting your application is 1st of June.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • Estonian
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Current Methods in Humanities
  • Academic Estonian and Terminology
  • Public Speaking
  • Academic Writing
  • Planning and Running R and D Projects

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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
        • Admission exam is based on the initial plan for the doctoral thesis that is agreed with the prospective supervisor 
        •  A draft of the research proposal (.pdf format) should be sent. A copy with a signature of the prospective supervisor is required to be uploaded to the online application system DreamApply.

        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.
        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
        Cost: Free

        Living costs

        • Tartu, Estonia

          300 - 600 EUR/month
          Living Costs
        • Tallinn, Estonia

          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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