Administration of doctoral studies

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Objective: to give the faculties more responsibility in deciding upon the conditions and requirements for doctoral studies. This requires that way the faculty organises doctoral studies and develops support services is comprehensive and of uniform quality. At the faculty level, the activities are managed by the centre for doctoral studies, while substantial supervision and professional training will be done at the institute level.

Current state:
The doctoral programme is managed by the faculty, the speciality by the institute(s). The advisory body in questions related to doctoral studies is the doctoral studies council. The council includes representatives of all specialities belonging to all doctoral programmes of the faculty, the vice dean for research and the members appointed by him/her (e.g. head of the centre for doctoral studies), and representatives of doctoral students. Decisions are made by the faculty council.

The representative of the speciality is responsible for the management and development of the specialised courses and trainings in the programme and exchange of information at the institute coordinating the speciality(-ies). In the future, the doctoral student is an institute staff member whose main activity is (supervised) research in his/her speciality.

Centres for doctoral studies were established at the faculties in 1 January 2022. The centre ensures the conduct of doctoral studies in the faculty in compliance with the regulations in force, a smooth exchange of information and counselling of doctoral students and supervisors on the organisation of doctoral studies, funding, selection of courses and training opportunities, and other questions. ASTRA graduate schools will continue operating under the centre for doctoral studies, and the events organised by them are part of the programmes of doctoral studies.

Names of the centres:
Humanitaarteaduste ja kunstide valdkonna doktoriõppe keskus / Centre for Doctoral Studies in Humanities
Sotsiaalteaduste valdkonna doktoriõppe keskus / Centre for Doctoral Studies in Social Sciences
Meditsiiniteaduste valdkonna doktoriõppe keskus / Centre for Doctoral Studies in Medicine and Sport
Loodus- ja täppisteaduste valdkonna doktoriõppe keskus / Centre for Doctoral Studies in Science and Technology

Regulations: Statutes of Curriculum

Schedule: new conditions apply from the 2022/2023 academic year admission.




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