Doctoral Studies

All international postgraduate students are welcome to apply for our doctoral programmes, but be sure to see the admission requirements and procedure first. 

The PhD programme covers 240 ECTS. The program includes basic academic courses and completion of the PhD thesis under the guidance of a supervisor from one of the institutes of the EMÜ.


NB! Re-admission period for the 2024/25 intake is opened from the 1st of July, 2024 till the 29th of July 2024!

Applications should be submitted in DreamApply

Deadline for the re-admission in 2024/2025 is the 29th of July 2024.

NB! Alltough, you can apply for a PhD curricula, you have to choose a topic from the list of 2024/25 themes. The doctoral thesis plan is required, which is based on the topic. 


PhD thesis topics for admission 2024/2025


Environmental Sciences and Applied Biology:

Raymond Ward, Christopher Brian Joyce, Miguel Villoslada

Global change effects on nutrient cycling in coastal wetlands


Influence of management and plant community type on bird species diversity in coastal wetlands: the use of UAVs and machine learning tools



Kalev Adamson, Marili Vester

Mycoviruses affecting Inonotus obliquus: their impact on fungal growth and cultivation


Agricultural Sciences:

Jordi Escuer Gatius, Annely Kuu, Merrit Shanskiy

Linking greenhouse gas emissions to soil, biological and environmental parameters


Why choose Estonian University of Life Sciences?

Top-quality research

Estonian University of Life Sciences is one of the biggest and most renowned scientific institutions of Estonia. 

The biggest institution of science at the University is the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, which comprises approximately 74% of the research financing at the University and approximately 5% of Estonian research financing.


The meeting point of basic and applied sciences

Estonian University of Life Sciences is renowned for its successful unification of basic and applied sciences. According to the Plant and Soil Sciences Research Evaluation Report of 2012, the University has succeeded in this crucial aspect more than other Estonian research institutions. 

The University has managed to stay focused on finding an answer to the question: why do we really do science? As a result, it has spanned from basic research to application in any meaningful way. There are constant meetings and conferences at the University, uniting researchers of basic and applied sciences and the stakeholders (i.e. all workers in a particular sector).


A wonderful campus

Tartu is really the University capital of Estonia and Estonian University of Life Sciences is the only university that can really boast about their classic university campus. All study, research, and other buildings are bound together by our integrated campus, making it only a 5-10 minute trip from one institution to another. The complex also includes student dorms and a modern Sports Building.


Useful links

Estonian Ministry of Education and Research

Estonian ENIC/NARIC Centre -  recognition of qualifications and academic degrees

StudyEstonia – scholarship information


Diana Pungar
Doctoral School
Estonian University of Life Sciences
Kreutzwaldi 1a-0040, Tartu 51006, Estonia 
Phone 00372 731 3071