A PhD programme in Political Science is offered at the University of Tartu since 2000. Since 2007, the programme is offered entirely in English and the Institute welcomes applications from international students. The Political Science PhD programme has full accreditation and received a positive review in 2011 and 2019.
Currently, around twenty PhD students are enrolled in the programme, about 10 of them as resident PhD researchers. An increasing number of them are international students, coming from Germany, Ireland, Georgia, the UK, Canada, Latvia, Ukraine, Romania and Russia.
Competition in spring 2020
In the admission round due on 1 June 2020, the competition is open for three study places.
One study place is for: ERA Chair in e-governance and digital public services
One study place is for: Applications of logical quantitative models in social sciences
One study place will be filled with an applicant from one of the following topics:
- Changing political cleavages and their implications in Europe
- Contemporary challenges to the process of European integration and their political and institutional implications
- Applications of quantitative text analysis in comparative politics
- You can also apply with your own topic, on the condition that the proposal fits the research interest of one of the supervisors at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies.
Applicants to the PhD programme are recommended to keep in mind the Institute's existing research interests and competence when choosing their research topics (see the file attached above and in the right-hand menu). For more information about the research areas, publications and current research projects of the faculty, please visit the individual faculty members' personal websites as well as the information on past and ongoing research projects. It is a precondition for acceptance into the PhD programme that the Institute has the necessary expertise for supervising the project suggested.
Persons holding a Master's degree or a corresponding level of education may apply for PhD studies. Prior to the submission of documents, applicants should contact a prospective supervisor among the Institute’s faculty or seek advice from the PhD programme coordinator Maili Vilson (maili.vilson [ät] ut.ee) about who to contact. It is essential for the success of the application that prospective PhD students approach us with a sound research project and seek to establish a preliminary agreement on supervision with one of our faculty members before submitting their applications.
- Applicants from Estonia, who earned their previous degrees from Estonian institutions of higher education should follow the instructions given here.
- Applicants with a previous degree from other universities, please carefully read the following information, consult the UT webpage on admission to doctoral programmes and/or contact the International Student Service.
The admission process into the PhD programme in Political Science includes both a research proposal and a personal interview.
The research proposal (at a minimum of 5 pages, including a brief bibliography) should be included in the application package and should contain the following information:
- A dissertation topic - a brief summary of the topic and most substantial studies done in a field;
- Objectives of the dissertation;
- A description of research methods;
- Expected results - their novelty and significance;
- Bibliography or list of references;
- Personal involvement in research or field related working experience.
Upon a positive evaluation of the proposal by the admissions committee, candidates are invited to a personal interview, the main purpose of which is to determine the applicant's motivation and academic potential to study in the programme. The interviews take place in about 2-3 weeks after the application deadline and candidates are being informed shortly beforehand. In case the applicant does not reside in Estonia, interviews can be carried out via Skype or other media.
For detailed information about the Political Science PhD programme’s requirements after admission, see here.