PhD in Engineering and Technology

phd science and technology
NC State College of Education

Admissions are open for PhD in engineering and technology at Tartu university. The overall objective of the PhD program of engineering and technology is to take the knowledge and skills of the student to the level of internationally recognized high-rank scientific professionals. PhD students are prepared for employment as a lecturer and researcher at the university and other research institutions, as well as leading specialists outside the academia. The main components of the high quality science based PhD education are top level skills in research, broad scientific perception, management and tuition competence.

A graduated PhD student:

  • is familiar with, and is able to analyze and evaluate the different concepts in technology and engineering
  • has in-depth knowledge in their field of research
  • understand the professional and interdisciplinary links with other related disciplines
  • knows how to formulate scientific hypotheses, as well as plan and perform experiments to test these hypotheses
  • understands how to apply the research results in real life situations
  • knows how to communicate research results in national and international scientific area (publications, conferences, workshops). Knows how to engage in broader societal debates with representatives of other fields and scientific disciplines
  • how to propose and accomplish development, management and tuition tasks.

Application timeline

  • 10 September: application system opens
  • 30 September: application deadline
  • 15 October: final admission results
  • Specified later: studies commence

Programme details

Title Engineering and Technology
Level of study Doctoral studies
Degree awarded Doctor of Philosophy (Biomedical Engineering; Engineering of Bioactive Compounds; Environmental Engineering; Physical Engineering)
Faculty Institute of Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology
Duration 4 years
Credits 240 ECTS
Study form Full-time regular studies
Language English
Location Tartu, Estonia
Tuition fee No tuition fee
Scholarships Scholarship opportunities

Required documents for phd in engineering and technology

  1. application;
  2. official copy of the diploma and diploma supplement (transcript/mark sheet) of the preceding study levels (both bachelor’s and master’s) in the original language*;
  3. official translation of the diplomas and diploma supplements into English;
  4. copy of the passport page stating the applicant’s personal particulars;
  5. doctoral thesis project;
  6. curriculum vitae (relevant form CV).

Entrance Criteria

A master’s degree or an equivalent qualification is a prerequisite for admission.

Admission requirement Percentage
Doctoral thesis project and assessment of its feasibility 70%
Average grade of previous study level 30%

Applicants are admitted on the basis of the ranking list. The minimum score required for being admitted is 66.0.

The doctoral thesis project proposal must include the following:

  • Description of the research topic (the project approved by the faculty) – a short overview of the field and listing the most relevant studies carried out in the field;
  • Research objective – which particular objectives or tasks have been set within the given topic; hypotheses of the research to be carried out;
  • Research methods or ways to solve the problems set, and description of tools the research requires
  • Expectations towards the results – their novelty and importance
  • Applicant’s preparedness and ability to implement the doctoral project, knowledge of the field; methodological competency and the topic’s compliance with the applicant’s prior research or professional work

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Course curriculum.


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