Applications for entry in 2024/25 open on 1 February 2024 on DreamApply.

Application deadline for doctoral programmes is 31 March 2024.

Please note that admission requirements for PhD programmes will be updated at the beginning of next year!

Recording of the doctoral studies info-session (08.02.2023)

The requirement for admission to doctoral studies is a Master’s degree or other equivalent qualification. Educational certificates issued abroad are recognised by Estonian Academy of Arts on the basis of the assessments and opinions of the Estonian ENIC/NARIC Centre.

NB! Students graduating in the spring of 2024 who are unable to submit proof of education by the deadline must submit the latest document with their current grades to apply. Documents proving graduation (diploma and transcript) must be submitted by the end of June 2024 at the latest. For additional questions, write to

Nominal duration of doctoral studies is four years and study load is 240 ECTS.
Please read about the status and funding of PhD students HERE.

The Estonian Academy of Arts offers following PhD level programmes for international applicants:

ART AND DESIGN (detailed curriculum HERE)




 application for admission to doctoral studies filled in DreamApply
– certificate of foreign language skills (attested copy). Please see requirements HERE.

– CV (please find the form from here)
– portfolio or defended Master’s Thesis
For a creative doctoral thesis a portfolio (including a defended master’s thesis if you wish), for a text-based doctoral thesis defended master’s thesis.
– motivation letter
proposal of the doctoral thesis (form for Art and Design here /form for Architecture and Urban planning here)
– academic CV of the prospective supervisor (s). Having a supervisor is not a prerequisite for applying. The supervisor must have given his or her consent to submit his/her CV.  If the supervisor works in Estonian Academy of Arts the CV is not required

The exam result will be based on the interview, PhD thesis project and portfolio or defended MA thesis. Based on submitted documents the commission will make the decision who will be invited to the interview.  Interviews will take place in April 2024.

Application documents will be processed only after we have received all the required documents and the payment of the application fee.

Verification of English skill with international language tests:

Minimum requirements set by EKA:
— TOEFL ITP: min 543
— TOEFL iBT: min 72
— IELTS (Academic or Indicator): min 5.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)
— FCE (Cambridge First Certificate in English): minimum required result is 160 for the B2 exam
— CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): C1 level
— CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C2 level
— PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic: min 59
— English language test offered by the Estonian Academy of Arts. Minimum B2 level is required. The test will take place on 08.03.2023 in Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn. Registration is required by sending your contact info (full name, email, phone number) to NB! Only applicants who have submitted their application in SAIS can register for the test.
— Estonian state exam in English – minimum required result is B2 level (for exams taken in 1997-2013 66 points or higher);

Please see more info about language requirements HERE

NB! International PhD applicants
• who have completed their previous study level in Estonia;
• who are about to graduate from an institution in Estonia;
• who have completed their previous studies abroad but have confirmed their educational certificates with ENIC/NARIC Centre may apply via SAIS and they are exempt from application fee.

Admission information:

Doctoral School
Irene Hütsi
Coordinator of doctoral studies
phone: +372 53 068 909

Helen Jürgens
Senior Specialist
Phone: +372 6267 305

Põhja puiestee 7, D206

Online info session: doctoral studies at EKA

EKA Doctoral School is hosting an online info session about doctoral studies at EKA on February 8, 2023, at 15:00 EET (local Estonian time) .  Info session provides a good opportunity to hear more about doctoral studies at ...



Helen Jürgens

Senior Specialist, Academic Affairs

+372 6267 305
Põhja pst 7, room D206
Irene Hütsi (23)

Irene Hütsi

Coordinator of Doctoral School