International postgraduates are welcome to do their doctoral studies at TUT. A doctoral programme corresponds to 4 years studies and requires in total 240 ECTS.
The nominal study load per semester according to the curriculum shall be 30 European credit points (30 ECTS credits). A student may carry a full-time or partial load. Upon enrollment to TTÜ, a student shall specify the study load (full or partial) in the first academic year.
Full-load study requires that a student accumulate at least 22,5 ECTS credits on a cumulative basis while partial-study load requires at least 15-22 ECTS credits on a cumulative basis under the individual study plan by the end of each academic year for each semester attended.
Students pursuing doctoral studies shall be designated a study load (full or partial) at the end of academic year accreditation.
The PhD programme consists of a study courses equivalent to 55-60 ECTS and an independent scientific project, which ends with a public defense of PhD thesis.
The doctor´s degree awarded at TUT is called Doctor of Philosophy, in brackets followed by a name of the narrower curricular specialization.
Tuition fee is waived for all PhD students.
Each PhD candidate is individually advised by an appropriate faculty member. The faculty member and student candidate cooperate closely in specifying the research area amongst the following curricula:
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Power Engineering and Geotechnology
- Chemical and Materials Technology
- Information and Communication Technology
- Mechanical Engineering
- Chemistry and Gene Technology
- Engineering Physics
- Earth Sciences
- Economics and Business Administration
- Public Administration