The organisation of doctoral-level studies
In Estonia, doctoral programmes are offered by universities. Doctoral candidates are affiliated to a faculty / institute or a graduate school. To obtain a doctoral degree, candidates have to complete a dissertation and successfully defend it. Doctoral candidates also have to follow compulsory courses. After completion of each study year, candidates have to submit a progress review to the relevant commission. Universities award the degree of Filosoofiadoktor – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), with an indication of the field of study or the area of specialisation.
Doctoral candidates are systematically assigned a supervisor. The supervisor helps doctoral candidates in drawing up and respecting the individual study plan, developing the research project and preparing for the yearly progress review. Both the candidate and the supervisor sign the respective PhD study agreement.
The average length of a doctoral programme is four years.
For further information visit the Study in Estonia (Archimedes Foundation) website.