Ph.D. On Campus

Studies of Cultures

Tallinn University

48 months
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The Studies of Cultures programme of Tallinn University is an umbrella 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.


Students in the Studies of Cultures programme of Tallinn University are encouraged 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.

Why study with us?

  • The syllabus is flexible and enables each student to organise his/her studies in close cooperation with a supervisor and to choose the optimal training in a given research topic.
  • In addition, the curriculum is aimed at an interdisciplinary approach and increasing the dialogue between the student and the supervisor.
  • In order to obtain international experience, it is possible to participate in conferences, seminars, summer schools and to take courses abroad with the support of the Erasmus programme. 

Graduate career options

Internationally accredited PhD diploma opens positions that require a doctoral degree.

Further study opportunities

With a PhD obtained from Tallinn University, one can apply for PostDoc positions all over the world or continue individual academic development.

Programme Structure

  • The core components of the programme are the interdisciplinary research seminars during which each PhD student will have to present a paper at least twice during their studies. 
  • Feedback will be provided by both the lecturers and the fellow students. 
  • To develop the methodological basis, there is a course on Current Methods in Humanities. 
  • PhD students will be able to hone their academic writing and public speaking skills. The cooperation with one's supervisor is of utmost importance when planning the individual and core courses.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


240 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Copy of a Bachelor’s degree certificate or certificate of a corresponding qualification + Transcript of Records/Academic Transcript (official translationsare requested if the documents are not in English); 
  • Copy of a Master’s degree certificate or certificate of a corresponding qualification + Transcript of Records (official translations are requested if the documents are not in English);
  • Copy of the identification page of passport;
  • Proof of English language Proficiency;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Thesis proposal signed by the prospective supervisor;
  • Copy of a Sworn Affidavit to Confirmation of Name if the applicant's name stated in his/her passport differs from the name on any of the other required documents;
  • Applicants applying for adjustments to be made during the admission exams due to his/her physical or psycho-social special need must submit a copy of medical proof of this special need.

Tuition Fee

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No tuition fees.

Living costs for Tallinn

598 - 948 EUR /month
Living costs

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