Psychology, Ph.D.

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  • 48 months
  • English, Estonian (book IELTS)
The School of Natural Sciences and Health is home to researchers and lecturers who work on an international level in developmental, cultural, and school psychology and also the new psychology paradigm – idiographic psychology. This Psychology programme is offered by Tallinn University.


Objectives of the Programme
  • to create premises for acquiring the highest scientific qualification in psychology;
  • to support the development of competence for working as an independent specialist in different areas of psychology that presuppose deep knowledge in psychology;
  • to support the development of new generation of researchers, academicians, and specialist;
  • to create premises for acquiring high level qualifications in psychology that are needed for composing psychological expertices, councel, and consult in different areas.
This Psychology programme is offered by Tallinn University.
Learning Outcomes
The graduate:
  • knows new trends in psychology and deep knowledge in the field of doctoral theses;
  • understands the role and meaning of psychology in a broad contex of social sciences;
  • is able to analyze and critically evaluate different studies, paradigms, theories and models of psychology;
  • is capable to plan and organize R&D activities, critically analyze and evaluate results;
  • is competent in teaching psychology and supporting the students' learning process;
  • is able to present results of scientific research in scientific communication;
  • is able to introduce specific psychology related knowledge in the larger context of the society and culture, participate in discussions in the society and affect social decision processes;
  • knows ethical and professional standards in the field of practical psychology;
  • is able to prepare and perform international research projects;
  • knows the deep knowledge of research methods, new trends and theories in psychology.
Why Study Psychology at Tallinn University?

However, the School of Natural Sciences and Health operates on the principle of academic freedom and supports the academic development of the doctoral student on an international level and with the presence of external supervisors also in fields not related to the institute’s research fields of priority.

What are the Career Options After the Studies?

A PhD in psychology enables the graduate to work primarily in three fields: a) as top specialists in various organizations that require analytical skills, the development of original solutions, and the usage of science-based arguments; b) as university lecturers; c) as heads of R&D projects or as a researcher in such a project.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Academic Estonian and Terminology
  • Issues in the Philosophy of Science
  • Multivariate Statistics: Regression Models and Multivariate Analysis of Variance
  • Multivariate Statistics: Methods for Classifying and Cases
  • Learning and Teaching in University
  • Psvchology of Individual Differences. Doctoral Seminar
  • Socio-Cultural Psychology. Doctoral Seminar.
  • Developmental Psychology. Doctoral Seminar.
  • Elective Course I
  • Elective Course II
  • Elective Course III
  • Seminar on Qualitative Methods
  • Seminar on Project Writing
  • Philosophy and Methodology of Social Sciences
  • Doing Comparative Research

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Admission exam (discussion about the doctoral project; estimation of candidate's CV and publications) is based on the plan for the doctoral thesis (about 5 pages) that is agreed with the prospective supervisor (must have the PhD in psychology and be active researcher in the field of psychology at least past 5 years).

For more information, please visit programme website.

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Tallinn

  • 490 - 800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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