Admission requirements

Admission information for Ph.D. degree-seeking students

Estonian University of Life Sciences offers five Ph.D. programmes. The doctoral studies cover four years leading to the award of a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). 


Tuition fees 

There are no tuition fees for Ph.D. students in full-time studies. However, for part-time students applies tuition fee of 50 EUR for each semester.


Study places

All institutes have a number of Ph.D. study places financed by the Estonian state. Candidates can apply only for appointed research topics that are linked with a certain study place. 


Ph.D topics for admission 2023:

Ph.D. thesis topics for admission 2023 

It is possible to apply only for the topics listed above.

Admission period will start from the 1st of April 2023.

Application procedure

1. The applicant must hold a Master's degree or a corresponding level of education. 

2. Before submitting an application for Ph.D. studies you need to find a prospective supervisor. If you need help finding contact and prospective supervisor, please contact the Doctoral School at To find more information about research priorities and supervisors, turn to our university website and the Estonian Research Portal.

3. When the institute/department confirms their ability to accommodate your research topic and you have found a supervisor, you may send in your application package. 


Application fee

The application fee is 100 EUR (non-refundable). The application fee is required to facilitate the admissions process and will not be refunded, regardless of the admission result. The application will be reviewed and receive feedback only after the university has received the application fee.


List of documents to be submitted

1. Completed application form at

2. Doctoral thesis project - recognized by the supervisor at Estonian University of Life Sciences

3. Academic curriculum vitae (CV)

4. Copy of the passport page stating the applicant´s personal particulars

5. An official copy of the diploma and diploma supplement (transcript of records/ mark sheet) of the preceding study levels* in the original language. Official documents must be provided from the institution awarding the degree or certified with an Apostille.

6. Official translation of the diplomas and diploma supplements into English

7. One of the following language certificates: 

  • A recent TOEFL Certificate: only internet-based test scores are accepted, with the minimum score being 61. The result must be sent directly to the University by the Educational Testing Service. TOEFL designated institution code for the Estonian University of Life Sciences is 7708.

  • A recent IELTS Certificate: minimum score: 5.0;

  • A recent First Certificate in English of the University of Cambridge;

  • A recent PTE (academic): minimum score 51).

  • An official certificate from the higher educational establishment if the medium of instruction was English during the whole period of studies.

*Candidates from non-EU countries: required are also certified copies of secondary school leaving certificate and transcript.

Documents must be sent via and via regular post to:
Doctoral School
Estonian University of Life Sciences
Kreutzwaldi 1
51006 Tartu

The university has the right to send candidates’ educational documents to the Estonian ENIC/NARIC Centre for evaluation. The function of candidates’ previous qualification(s) (formal access to further study) will be evaluated, depending on what level of the curriculum the candidate applies to. For more information, please visit the Estonian ENIC/NARIC Centres’ homepage.

The procedure may take up to 30 days starting from the day that candidates’ paper documents arrive to us. The evaluation decision is made available to the candidate in the online application system DreamApply. The decision will include a short explanation based on an analysis of the educational system of the country the diploma has been issued in. If not satisfied with the result of the evaluation, the candidate has the right to appeal the decision. In order to appeal the decision, the applicant shall send a written reasoned appeal along with additional documents to the e-mail address The appeal has to be submitted within 7 days starting from the date the decision was uploaded to DreamApply.


Deadline for candidates who obtained MSc qualification outside Estonia: June 1st, 2023. The decision of admittance will be announced on 13. July, 2023.

Application fee

International candidates applying to the PhD programme at the Estonian University of Life Sciences are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of EUR 100. Applicants who have completed previous study level in Estonia or have Estonian citizenship are exempted from the application fee.

The payment must be made by the application deadline (May 31) at the latest. Please note that international bank transfer can take up to two weeks to process, therefore we advise you to make the payment at your earliest convenience. An application will be processed only after the application fee has been received by the university.


Payment methods

Bank transfer

The payment must be done in euros. It is the responsibility of the applicant to cover the possible transaction charge(s) and make sure the total fee amount (100 euros) is received by the university. Please request information on possible charges for international transfers from the service provider before making the payment. If less than 100 euros is received by the university, your application cannot be processed before the total amount is transferred. Overpayment will not be refunded.

Once you have made the payment, please upload the payment receipt to the “documents” section on your DreamApply application. 


Beneficiary: Eesti Maaülikool

Address: Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwaldi 1, 51006 Tartu, Estonia

IBAN: EE581010102000203009

Bank name: SEB Pank AS

Bank address: Tornimäe 2, 15010 Tallinn, Estonia

Bank code: 401


Description: first and last name of the applicant, Dream Apply Applicant ID, name of the programme

Amount: EUR 100



Credit card payment

To pay the fee via credit card, please use university credit card payment system. Once the card payment is made, a confirmation email is sent - please save it as a PDF file or make a screenshot and attach it to your online application. This will help us match the payment to your application.


Application fee

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