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The nominal length of doctoral studies in Estonia is 3-4 years, after which a postgraduate research degree (doktorikraad) may be conferred. A Master’s qualification is required for entry to doctoral studies.


- Estonian research is human scale. Every individual has the opportunity to excel. You don’t have to be stuck in a lab forever.

- Thanks to the size and flexibility of Estonian institutions, there is a huge opportunity to engage in inter-disciplinary cooperation and research on any field.

- In Estonia cooperation with peers, institutions and administration is direct and supportive without layers of bureaucracy to blunt the senses.


Do you know…

•  … how stressed plants effect the Earth’s climate?

Centre of Excellence in Environmental Adaptation lead by the University of Life Sciences studies the mechanisms of environmental adaption from molecular to global scales, and the feedbacks between plant and ecosystem adaption and climate change.

•  … that trash can be turned into trend with industrial up-cycling?

A senior researcher from Estonian Academy of Arts promotes sustainable environment by offering a solution for radical reduction of textile waste in mass-production.

•  … that Estonia is represented in cosmos?

Co-working students from the University of Tartu, Estonian Aviation Academy, Tallinn University of Technology and University of Life Sciences built and launched ESTCube-1 satellite.

• … that about 4% of Estonia’s population is included in the Estonian Genome Centre’s database?

The database (University of Tartu) enables researchers to get to new discoveries in genomics and epidemiology.

•  … that Estonia, though a Nordic country, is one of the pioneers in developing solar panel technology?

The technology developed in the Department of Materials Science of Tallinn University of Technology, promises to remarkably reduce the price of electricity production from solar energy.

This is just a climps! There’s much more to discover!

Learn about the possibilities on your perspective field of study by checking out PhD programmes offered in Estonia: ww.studyinestonia.ee/programme 




The following documents are usually required for an application for a PhD programme

- A completed application form

- PhD thesis project

- Certified copies of certificates/degrees/qualifications showing eligibility for doctoral studies

- An academic transcript(s)

- An academic CV

- A statement of purpose

- Two or three photos

- A copy of an identification document

Specific requirements depend on the requirements of the institution of higher education and on the particular course. All prospective international students should contact the university they wish to attend for additional information. University contacts are available HERE

Brochure about Doctoral studies in Estonia 2014/2015



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