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Psychology, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (QS) ,
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.


Learning OutcomesThe 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.
  • Conferred Degree: PhD (Psychology)
What Do We Expect from an Applicant?We await in our studies persons with a Master’s degree or its equivalent in psychology who have experiences in participating in science projects, who have a clear interest in scientific research in psychology, and who are authors of at least one publication in the field of psychology. We presume the candidate has shown excellent academic results during the Master’s program.Why Study Psychology at Tallinn University? 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. 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.

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 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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    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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    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

  • 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)
  • English: B2 level
  • For the purposes of identity verification at the admission procedure the Admission Committee has the right to take a screenshot during the oral part of the admission exam carried out via video bridge.

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Tallinn

  • 598 - 950 EUR/month
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