Survey

General
  • id
  • username
  • 2009-06-15
  • Estonia
  • Tallinn University
  • Triin Pappel
  • Lecturer
  • Yves Gambier
  • The answers apply mostly to Tallinn University, but the situation describes also Estonian higher-education system.
Structure
  • Postgraduate degree in Linguistics. It is not officially devoted to Translation Studies.
  • 4 years
  • Yes
Admission
  • MA degree in philology, specialized Master’s thesis in the related field or publications
  • In Estonia there is no postgraduate degree in TS, the students have to choose another appropriate doctoral programme (e.g. Linguistics or Studies of Cultures).
  • A special committee has to accept the proposal for a PhD. The students are free to choose the topic.
  • The students have to present a detailed plan of their PhD thesis, CV and motivation letter. The students also have to explain their ideas and motivation in front of the admission committee.
  • There are 1 or 2 state-funded study places for each programme. State founded students receive a monthly scholarship. Other accepted candidates will have to pay study fee. But in some cases Tallinn University covers the costs of the studies if the postgraduate student is a lecturer at Tallinn University.
Programme
  • 240 ECTS, which includes 180 ECTS doctoral thesis, general subjects 18 ECTS, specialist subjects 33 ECTS, and individual subjects 9 ECTS. Compulsory: theoretical seminars, conference presentations.
  • Yes, they are required. The candidates should attend them during the studies.
  • There are different research networks, possibilities of taking part in research seminars and conferences.
  • Language: Estonian, or any other commonly used language in the specific research area.
    Time limit 4 years; it is also possible to do the thesis based on articles
  • Yes, it is.
Supervision
  • The supervisor has to be a professor or a professor emeritus. He/she should be active in research. Supervisors can also come from a different university or country. Their role is defined explicitly.
  • There can be up to 3 supervisors. A joint supervision is also possible and is quite usual.
  • The supervisor helps the student to choose the courses;
    Helps with timelines (or a rough schedule) for completing the research and thesis,
    Consults the presentation of thesis research at conferences, seminars and other meetings,
    Helps with financial support for the student (scholarships etc.).
    She/he evaluates the thesis research.
Assessment
  • Public defense, with a pre-defense (external is also possible), in front of a special committee.
    Two referees, outside the home-university.
    Grades: Requirements fulfilled/not fulfilled.
  • At least one publication in pre-reviewed international journal. The thesis must be published either as a book or on the Internet.
Other
  • Both are possible.