Doctoral center page of Faculty of Science and Technology

The Centre for Doctoral Studies in Science and Technology is a part of the Faculty of Science and Technology, and coordinates four doctoral programmes. The institutes that coordinate the specialities are: Institute of Computer Science, Institute of Physics, Institute of Chemistry, Institute of Genomics, Institute of Mathematics and Statistics, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Tartu Observatory, Institute of Technology, and Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences. Around 1150 doctoral students are enrolled at the faculty, and 36% of them are international students.
The centre ensures the conduct of doctoral studies in the faculty in compliance with the regulations in force, a smooth exchange of information and counselling of doctoral students and supervisors on the organisation of doctoral studies, funding, selection of courses and training opportunities, and other associated activities.

Arrival ABC

Here are the fundamentals for those students who are about to arrive or have already arrived at the University of Tartu.

Transferable skills training

Information for the 1st year doctoral students

To-do list in the first semester

  •  Meet your supervisor for an introductory conversation and fill out the expectations management worksheet. Read more here

Expectations management worksheet - a list  of doctoral student’s and supervisor’s responsibilities

  • Enter the period plan for the first semester into the Study Information system on 27 September.

Period plan

  • The deadline for the supervision agreement is 28 September.

A supervision agreement is concluded between the doctoral student, the supervisor(s) and the university. The agreement indicates the division of responsibility and tasks between the supervisors. In addition, the agreement states basic conditions of the ownership of intellectual property rights and confidentiality of personal data. 

The signed copies of the supervision agreement have to be delivered to the Institute before the deadline. In the Faculty of Science and Technology, the Director/Head of Institute signs the contract on behalf of the University of Tartu. The agreement is registered, and one copy is kept in the Institute; other copies are returned to the parties of the agreement. There must be as many copies as there are signatories.

Supervision agreement

  • The individual plan for the whole period of doctoral studies is submitted together with the first progress review report.

Doctoral students individual plan

  • The first progress review takes place at the end of January. Besides the individual plan, the progress review report and period plan for the next semester must be submitted. 

Progress review procedure at the Faculty of Science and Technology

For prospective students

The Faculty of Science and Technology is an international research environment: one-third of our doctoral students are international students. Completing a doctoral degree in English is possible in all our doctoral programmes. From the 2022 year, doctoral students will be hired as junior researchers. No tuition fees are charged to doctoral students.

Doctoral programmes starting from study year 2022/23

Doctoral programmes before study year 2022/23

Organisation of doctoral studies

Doctoral studies are organised by the the Regulations for Doctoral Studies (RDS) at the University of Tartu. The regulations include general rules of supervision, individual plan, progress review and degree application procedure. The University good practices are a recommended reading for all doctoral students, especially Good Practice of Doctoral Studies. You can also find out more about course registration, recognition of prior learning, and related instructions and guidelines.


Planning your studies and assessing your progress: individual study plan, progress review, defence procedure

Significant international and societal events in the field of Science and Technology in 2022

Spring 2022 

Selected Topics in the Theories of Gravity, Mondays at 12:15 till 13:45, in Physicum room A102 and broadcast online in the BigBlueButton classroom 

MOOC page Register at the MOOC page Registration until February 21, 2022 




Winter school on anti-viral and anti-bacterial immunity, immunotherapy and vaccines (hybrid format) 

Tanel Tenson  

Margit Meiesaar 

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GSFMT Scientific Conference  2022, Hotel Europa,Tallinn, TalTech 

Ilona Oja Acik (TalTech), Lilli Paama (TÜ) 



Conference: Metric-Affine Frameworks for Gravity 2022, in Tartu, Estonia 

Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Physics, Laur Järv 



GSFMT Summer School 2022, Strand Spa Conference Hotel, A.H. Tammsaare pst.35,Pärnu 

Lilli Paama, Ilona Oja Acik 



VI Hydrogen Day 

Prof.Enn Lust 


#research #for society

Doctoral defence: Kaarin Hein “The hissing behaviour of great tit (Parus major) females reflects behavioural phenotype and breeding success in a wild population”

13.12.2022 at 10.15 Kaarin Hein´s PhD thesis defence "The hissing behaviour of great tit (Parus major) females reflects behavioural phenotype and breeding success in a wild population"
Arbuskulaarne mükoriisa mikroskoobist vaadatuna

University of Tartu natural scientists continue among the world's most influential researchers 

Rahvusülikooli aastapäeva pidustused

Student Union invites everyone to the anniversary ball