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Building and Civil Engineering and Architecture, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


  • A doctoral programme corresponds to 4 years studies and requires in total 240 ECTS.
  • The nominal study load per semester according to the curriculum shall be 30 European credit points (30 ECTS credits). 
  • Full-load study requires that a student accumulate at least 22,5 ECTS credits on a cumulative basis under the individual study plan by the end of each academic year for each semester attended.
  • Students pursuing doctoral studies shall be designated a study load (full or partial) at the end of academic year accreditation.
  • The PhD programme consists of a study courses equivalent to 55-60 ECTS and an independent scientific project, which ends with a public defense of PhD thesis.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The main specialities of the curriculum are:

  • building and civil engineering and architecture
  • water and environmental engineering
  • coastal and marine engineering

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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  • 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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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

In order to commence with doctoral studies, the applicant shall have a master´s degree or a comparable education. All applicants must have a good command of English.

The documents required for application are the following:

  • an application
  • a curriculum vitae incl. data on education as well as research and development activities; 
  • an original and a copy of an education certificate and the diploma supplement; 
  • In case an education certificate acquired in a foreign country, TTÜ has the right to request an assessment and recommendation from the Estonian ENIC/NARIC Centre
  • a copy of the passport, an identity card or a residence permit card;
  • a motivation letter in English.

Tuition Fee

  • Tuition fee is waived for all PhD students.
  • All PhD students studying with full-load have the right to receive doctoral allowance paid by the government.

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.


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