University of Tartu

Introduction

University of Tartu (UT) is Estonia’s leading centre of research and training. It is the only university in the Baltics ranked in the top 3% of the world’s best universities (QS World University Rankings 2015-16). Founded in 1632, UT is the only classical university in Estonia. There are more than 14 000 students studying at UT (incl. 1000 international students (2015)) and UT has 3800 employees (incl. 1800 academic employees (190 professors)). To support and develop the professional competence of its students and academic staff, the university has 71 partner universities in 27 countries.

UT includes 4 faculties and 4 colleges. Most of UT is located in Tartu, the second biggest city in Estonia; however its colleges are located in Pärnu, Viljandi and Narva. Tartu has a population of 100 000, and a fifth of its residents are students.

Tartu is known as the City of Good Thoughts, Capital of Culture in Estonia and as a lively student city. Each academic year starts with freshman days and the highlights of each semester are the Spring and Autumn Student Days, a week-long festival of events especially for students. UT has numerous students clubs and associations, ranging from professional organizations to informal groups. For international students ESN Tartu is the main organization that focuses its attention on international students’ well-being.

UT’s world-class research is the foundation for its high-quality education. There were 2744 scientific articles published by UT scientists in 2012. More than half of Estonian PhD thesis defences (101 Doctoral theses in 2012) and more than half of Estonian scientific publications belong to UT students and scientists. UT belongs to the TOP 1% of the world’s most-cited universities and research institutions in the fields of Clinical Medicine, Chemistry, Environment/Ecology, Plant and Animal Science, Geosciences, Social Sciences (general), Biology and Biochemistry and Engineering. A total of 20 UT scientists belong to the TOP 1% of the most quoted scientists in the world (ISI Web of Science 2013). According to Google Scholar, Marlon Dumas, current UT professor in the field of computer science, is one of the most-cited Estonian scientists.

UT also develops partnerships with companies. In 2012, it entered into new cooperation agreements with 75 companies in the amount of 2,4 million euros. The university cooperates with international enterprises like ImmunoQure GmbH, Nordkalk Corporation, Pfizer Inc, Jordan Oil Shale Energy Co, and Borkraft Ltd etc.

UT offers a wide selection of programmes and unique disciplines for students. UT also participates in several Erasmus Mundus and other joint Master's programmes delivered in cooperation with the world's leading universities. UT follows the Bologna process in the organization of its teaching and Bachelor-Master (3+2) system of study modules. The length of PhD studies is 4 years. Academic year starts on the 1stof September each year.

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Master

Master in Financial Mathematics

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Estonia Tartu

MSc in Financial Mathematics provides knowledge and skills in two major areas - financial engineering and insurance mathematics. [+]

Financial Mathematics is a 1-year Master’s programme that prepares specialists for financial sector, banking and insurance industries in quantitative methods of risk assessment and hedging, providing knowledge and skills in two major areas - financial engineering and insurance mathematics.

What can you expect from this programme? Special emphasis on applied mathematical models and quantitative methods; Knowledge, practical skills and competence needed to succeed in careers at banks, insurance companies, consulting, financial utilities and financial supervisory authorities; The teaching staff consists of professors highly qualified in the field of Financial Mathematics, who have also done extensive research and have international experience. Some of the lectures in the programme will be delivered by visiting international staff; Graduates are very competitive on national and international job market as analysts, actuaries and risk engineers. All graduates of Financial Mathematics can find jobs easily in Estonia and around the world. Audience ... [-]

Master in Information Technology Law

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Estonia Tartu

The MA in IT Law programme trains highly qualified IT Law experts much needed at law firms, IT companies, public agencies, international organizations, and consulting firms. [+]

Designed for lawyers interested in pursuing careers in the field of information technology and cyber security, the programme trains highly qualified IT Law experts much needed at law firms, IT companies, public agencies, international organizations, and consulting firms. The students will enjoy full access to UT services and full participation in all events of the IT Law Programme. Practical focus: a significant part of teaching in this programme will simulate real-life situations. Students gain access to 30 IT Law practitioners and IT specialists from around the world participating in the programme. As consultants, lecturers, or mentors, they synchronize the legal education with the technical developments in the ICT sector. Broad and comprehensive understanding of IT Law: we provide a systematic understanding of all major subfields of IT law as well as skills necessary for practicing in this area. Along with that, we create extensive links between technical, legal, and policy aspects of development and uses of ICTs, putting heavy emphasis on case studies, real-life exercises, trend assessments, and problem-solving. The students will master a set of technical skills typically required in the ICT sector, e.g. elementary skills in programming, cryptography, database technology, and software engineering. Graduates will be ready to provide legal advice on ICT related matters across jurisdictions and work anywhere in the world. They will be able to perform interdisciplinary and comprehensive regulatory, analytical, and expert work in the field of IT Law, having all necessary skills to face the challenges posed by the extraterritoriality, novelty, and complexity of its problems. Estonia is considered an international leader in the field of IT for its technological and legal solutions as well as population that is open to technological advancements: We provide access to its best practices and cutting-edge developments. More info: http://www.ut.ee/itlaw [-]

Master in International Law and Human Rights

Campus Full time September 2017 Estonia Tallinn

2-year master's programme providing comprehensive knowledge in the field of international law and human rights. [+]

International Law and Human Rights is a 2-year master's programme providing comprehensive knowledge of the principles, regulations, subjects and practice in the field of international law and human rights. The studies take place in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, with close proximity to various governmental institutions and international organisations. Graduates have the necessary knowledge to work as specialists in international, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations in Estonia and abroad. Why study the programme? Students can obtain comprehensive knowledge in the field of international law and human rights. All students are given strong ground knowledge in international law and human rights, and then they can expand their knowledge in specific areas, depending on their needs and interests, by taking various elective courses. The programme aims to provide a good comparative perspective on the issues of international law and human rights, relying on our historical experience and geographical position — Estonia is located where the “West” and the “East” meet. Practice is a compulsory component of the programme, giving students an opportunity to apply acquired knowledge in different practical situations and develop practical skills in professional environment. The School of Law is one of the oldest faculties of the University of Tartu, where lawyers have been educated since the university was founded in 1632. Our alumni form 87% of the attorneys-at-law, 95% of the prosecutors and nearly all of the judges in Estonia. Also Estonia’s previous and current judges at the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union obtained their degrees at the University of Tartu. Studies take place in the capital, Tallinn, where various international organisations and relevant state institutions are located, allowing us to incorporate their representatives and experience to the teaching process and to find practice places with them. Students can take part in Martens Summer School on International Law, which takes place in Pärnu, the “summer capital” of Estonia. The summers school addresses current developments and challenges in international law and human rights, and involves internationally renowned speakers, e.g. Bruno Simma, Christian Tomuschat, Angelika Nussberger. Alexander Trunk. Graduates have a competitive advantage in applying to and are well-prepared to work for international organisations as well as public and private sector. As international law and human rights are global, the graduates are prepared to start their career potentially anywhere in the world. The increasing globalisation, the importance of international legal regulations, and the role and proliferation of international organisations provide new opportunities for people with the specialised knowledge and skills in international law and human rights. More info: http://www.ut.ee/ilhr [-]

Master in Robotics and Computer Engineering

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Estonia Tartu

MSc in Robotics and Computer Engineering trains highly qualified roboticists, computer and space engineers. [+]

Master’s programme in Robotics and Computer Engineering trains highly qualified roboticists, computer and space engineers. The programme provides broad knowledge in the field of robotics, computer engineering or space technology. Graduates can work in enterprises or research and development centres connected to their field of study. After successful completion of the curriculum the student: will have broad and systematic understanding in the field of robotics, computer engineering or space technology; will understand the necessity for human-centered approaches when conceiving and implementing new technological systems; will be able to provide consulting in robotics, computer engineering or space technology or cross-field consulting; will understand the ethical aspects and limitations of the field of specialisation and is able to evaluate the novelty, utility and/or economic efficiency of the results of his/her professional activity; will be ready to work in the industry as well as in the field research, development, and innovation (RDI). There are many reasons to study the programme: practical approach studies are conducted in collaboration with research groups opportunity to obtain teaching skills modern buildings and laboratories obtain knowledge of both hardware and software There is a strong emphasis on practical work. The programme will deepen the knowledge students gained during their Bachelor's studies and allow students to acquire new knowledge and skills in computing, robotics, computer science, space technology etc. Students have an opportunity to work for a semester (24 ECTS) for a company or research group in their chosen field. Students can also replace a study module with a semester abroad either studying at another university or working for a research company. Additionally students are offered management and economy modules to be able start their own business or work as a leading engineers for a company in their chosen field. Students can use many different digital eletronics laboratories which have modern equipment and tools, thus creating an excellent environment for studying and research and development activities. More info: http://www.ut.ee/robotics [-]

MSc

Master - Excellence in Analytical Chemistry (Erasmus Mundus)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Estonia Tartu

Excellence in Analytical Chemistry (EACH) is an international two-year Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme that gives students a unique opportunity to study at two outstanding European universities. [+]

The programme provides strong knowledge and skills in both fundamental and applied aspects of modern analytical chemistry. The programme is taught by a consortium of four universities: University of Tartu (UT, coordinator), Estonia; Uppsala University (UU), Sweden; University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (UCBL), France; Åbo Akademi University (AAU), Finland. Double degrees are awarded on completion of studies. The first degree will be from UT and the second from UU, UCBL or AAU. The first year is spent at UT, while the second year is spent either at UCBL, UU or AAU. The selection of the second year study location is determined through a competitive process based on the student preference and the first semester’s academic performance. Year 1: Fundamentals and Placement (60 ECTS) University of Tartu - General analytical chemistry, metrology in chemistry, quality assurance, socio-economic aspects of analytical chemistry Year 2: Specialisation 60 ECTS Uppsala University - Organic and bioorganic analysis, advanced separation methods, mass spectrometry University of Lyon - Industrial analytical chemistry, process control and monitoring Åbo Akademi - Sensors, advanced analytical instrumentation, electrochemistry, miniaturization Evidence suggests that a growing number of employers are looking for analytical chemists qualified to work with modern instruments and to solve problems ranging from determining the composition of hi-tech materials and trace levels of toxicants to unravelling the mysteries of life and forensic analysis. Graduates are welcome to work in both private and public sector: R&D departments of major companies, chemical industry labs, pharmaceutical industry labs, health and environmental protection agencies, food processing and manufacturing quality assurance labs, certification, standardization and accreditation authorities, national Centres and Institutes of Metrology, PhD studies and academic career. The official language of the programme is English. Students will also have the possibility to learn Swedish, Finnish or French. Contact details Prof. Ivo Leito, programme director University of Tartu Institute of Chemistry Ravila 14a, 50411 Tartu, Estonia ivo.leito@ut.ee [-]

Master in Applied Measurement Science

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Estonia Tartu

MSc in Applied Measurement Science provides thorough knowledge and skills in the areas of laboratory and technological measurements. [+]

Applied Measurement Science is a 120 ECTS Master’s programme providing thorough knowledge and skills in the areas of laboratory and technological measurements, testing and chemical analysis methods, quality systems, metrology and related economic and legal aspects. Studies are carried out in the “Chemicum” building, one of the top research and education facilities in Northern Europe.

How will this degree develop students’ potential? Thorough knowledge and skills in laboratory and technological measurements, methods of testing and analysis, factors affecting the results, methods of calculating measurement results, documenting measurement results, quality systems; Skills necessary to work with the more widespread measurement and analysis methods, to tune them according to a given measurement or analysis procedure and to optimise measurement procedures, to determine the characteristics of measurement and analysis procedures, to assess their suitability for a specific measurement or analysis task and to assess the adequacy of the measurement or analysis results obtained; High competence demanded for work in quality assurance laboratories in various industries, inspection, certification and accreditation agencies; Practical experience gained during the study period through an internship placement with companies. Audience Graduates with Bachelor’s degrees in physics, chemistry, materials science, natural sciences, engineering, technology or medicine; Practitioners in analysis and measurement laboratories who are facing the fast development of analytical methods and new regulations (Quality systems, ISO 17025 accreditation, etc.); Personnel of laboratories, accreditation, certification and inspection agencies; Quality managers in various industries. More info: http://www.ut.ee/ams [-]

Master in Computer Science

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Estonia Tartu

The international Master’s programme in Computer Science prepares students for becoming leading specialists in public and private organisations and for further studies on the PhD level in Computer Science. [+]

The international Master’s programme in Computer Science prepares students for becoming leading specialists in public and private organisations and for further studies at the PhD level in Computer Science. After passing the curriculum the student has acquired the core knowledge in the field of computer science and can use it to analyse and resolve practical problems. All admitted students will receive a tuition-waiver scholarship which means that there is no tuition fee. Monthly stipends are also available for best candidates. The programme starts with a core module where students acquire basic skills in computer science. Students can choose one of the five specialisation modules. In addition the curriculum has a Master’s seminar module, the electives module, the practice module. Students can take optional courses from any subject areas. In the end of your studies students have to submit a Master’s thesis. In the specialisation module students have to choose from five specialisations: High-Performance Computing Programming Languages Language Technology Cryptography and Theoretical Informatics Data mining More information: http://www.ut.ee/compsci [-]

Master in Software Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Estonia Tartu

MSc in Software Engineering imparts general software engineering skills, and specialized skills in enterprise systems and embedded real-time systems. [+]

Software Engineering is a 2-year Master’s programme that aims at providing students with advanced software engineering and management skills, as well as specialized skills in two major application domains: enterprise systems and embedded real-time systems. It is jointly delivered by the University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology. Upon graduation students will receive a diploma from both universities.

The programme will provide specialized knowledge and professional skills needed in a career path leading to high-end technical roles (e.g. software analyst, architect or research engineer) or managerial roles (e.g. project/team leader or technology officer). Graduates from the programme have the skills to join the highly dynamic software industry in the Baltics, Northern and Eastern Europe.... [-]


MA

Master in Democracy and Governance

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Estonia Tartu

Democracy and governance are essential parameters of political development in the contemporary world. Understanding them is key for building a successful career in modern government, civil society, politics and international organisations. [+]

Democracy and governance are essential parameters of political development in the co temporary world. Understanding them is key for building a successful career in modern government, civil society, politics and international organisations. This programme integrates empirical and theoretical knowledge about political systems, democratic institutions, public governance and policy analysis into a single whole. Curriculum structure: Core Competencies Module Political and Social Change Public Governance Political Theory and Ethics Elections and Political Behaviour Democracy and Democratic Institutions Comparative Ethnopolitics Methods Module

Courses on quantitative and qualitative research methods Specialisation Module... [-]

Master in European Union - Russia Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Estonia Tartu

MA in European Union-Russia Studies combines international relations, economics, law, history and cultural studies of the EU and Russia. [+]

The European Union – Russia Studies Master’s programme (EURUS) is a unique multidisciplinary programme combining different disciplines such as political science, comparative politics, international relations, economics, law, history and cultural studies. The programme binds together the study of two regions - Europe and Russia - in one coherent curriculum, providing a comprehensive understanding of political, social, and economic developments in the EU and its member states as well as in Russia and its neighbouring transition countries.

The objective of the European Union-Russia Studies MA-Programme is to provide global labour market with experts in the field of the EU-Russian affairs for the public and private sector. Given the overall expanding complex relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation - stretching from trade, investment and business cooperation over cultural relations to matters of foreign policy, security and conflict resolution – there is a growing need for specialists trained in European Union and Russia affairs.... [-]


Master in International Relations and Regional Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Estonia Tartu

This MA programme combines comprehensive study of international relations as an academic discipline and political practice with in-depth understanding of one or several key regions of the world. [+]

The MA programme of International Relations and Regional Studies combines comprehensive study of international relations as an academic discipline and political practice with in-depth understanding of one or several key regions of the world. The programme is suitable for all those who plan a career with an international focus, be it in diplomacy, public service, private sector or with non-governmental organizations. CURRICULUM STRUCTURE (TOTAL 120 ECTS) CORE MODULE 30 ECTS

International Relations International Law Security Politics Foreign Policy Analysis Conflict Management and Resolution METHODS MODULE 18 ECTS

Courses on quantitative and qualitative research methods CHOICE OF REGIONAL SPECIALISATION MODULES 24 ECTS... [-]

Master in Philosophy

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Estonia Tartu

MA in Philosophy gives a systematic overview of the field of philosophy, theoretical developments, concepts and methods of philosophical research. [+]

Philosophy is a unique 2-year Master’s programme that aims to provide students with skills and knowledge of the research methods of contemporary philosophy. Students can choose from four specialisations: history of philosophy, practical philosophy, philosophy of science and theoretical philosophy. The programme is focused on research: all students will work closely together with a supervisor who will help student design the programme based on the student’s interests; students can join many international research groups and conferences and students’ MA thesis has to be on article level.

What will students get from the programme? Unique programme: gives a general overview of philosophy with four specialisations; Internationally connected faculty and international staff, many world famous guest lecturers; Study-related workshops and conferences; Integration into up-to-date philosophy literature; Great research opportunities: students can contribute to ongoing research and participate in conferences. UT organizes yearly 3-5 international conferences in the area of philosophy; Wide range of literature: the Department of Philosophy and the Centre of Ethics have a common library which gathers systematically both classic and up-to-date literature; International career prospective: graduates can continue their studies or work in any field from public sector to business and journalism. After completing the curriculum, the student: has acquired a systematic overview of the field of philosophy, is familiar with the theoretical developments, concepts, terms and methods of philosophical research, has in-depth knowledge in a chosen narrow field of research; is able to identify and independently formulate problems and research questions requiring expertise in philosophy; has tolerant attitude towards diversity of values and opinions; understands the ethical aspects, possibilities, limits, and social functions of the philosopher's role; is able to suggest solutions based on specialized expertise. Audience ... [-]

Master in Quantitative Economics

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Estonia Tartu

MA in Quantitative Economics gives students strong preparation in contemporary economic theory and econometric analysis methods. [+]

Quantitative Economics is a 2-year Master’s programme that gives students strong preparation in contemporary economic theory and econometric analysis methods enabling them to analyse and forecast economic processes. The programme has a special focus on micro- and macroeconomic theory and it gives training in solving real life economic problems via the application of state-of-the-art economic analysis techniques. The graduates will be able to continue their education in international level economics PhD programmes or follow a career as analysts in banks, public sector organizations, consultation firms and international companies.

After completing the curriculum, the student: knows the main concepts in economics and has acquired the skills of making critical assessments over the applicability of these concepts; has acquired the ability to apply both micro- and macroeconomic models for analysing the problems which arise in economic practice; knows how to verbally, graphically, mathematically and empirically analyse and forecast both the behaviour of economic agents and also the impact of governmental policies. Audience ... [-]

Master in Semiotics

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Estonia Tartu

Study cultural semiotics at the university which is home to Tartu-Moscow School of Cultural Semiotics founded by Yuri Lotman. [+]

Semiotics is a 2-year Master’s programme that provides interdisciplinary background and gives a theoretical base for application of semiotic ideas to a wide variety of disciplines and scientific study. Semiotics is the general study of sign processes, or semiosis. The programme binds together the theory of semiotics and three core modules – cultural semiotics, biosemiotics and sociosemiotics.

Why study semiotics at the University of Tartu? The tradition of excellence in semiotic theory in Tartu was established by Yuri Lotman in 1960s, the founder of semiotics of culture and the Tartu-Moscow Semiotic School, as well as the oldest journal of semiotics, Sign Systems Studies; UT is one the few institutions in the world teaching full Master´s and PhD degree programs in semiotics since 1993; As one of world´s major centres of semiotics, the University of Tartu collaborates and is regularly visited by professors from all around the world: Myrdene Anderson, Paul Bouissac, John Deely, Dinda Gorlee, Jesper Hoffmeyer, Winfried Nöth, Roland Posner, Frederik Stjernfelt, Eero Tarasti etc.; The finest collections of semiotic materials in Tartu include the memorial library of Thomas Sebeok, one of the world leaders in the 20th century semiotics, and the Centre of Jakob von Uexküll, a Baltic German whose works have been very important to the development of biosemiotics. Audience ... [-]

Master in Wellness and Spa Service Design and Management

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Estonia Pärnu

MA in Wellness and Spa Service Design and Management combines management and design of spa products, medical and leisure treatments and well-being. [+]

Wellness and Spa Service Design and Management is a unique 2-year Master’s programme that aims to provide students with the necessary theoretical knowledge, professional skills and practical tools required for working in wellness, spa or other related organizations at the management level. The programme combines management and design of spa products, medical and leisure treatments, well-being, fitness, and health-related services. It is the only similar Master’s programme in the whole Europe.

What kind of skills and competence will students acquire? Hospitality and quality management; Creative and innovative entrepreneurship; Sustainable development; Strategic, financial and operational management; Service design and development; Management and marketing for wellness and spas; Understanding of the basics of spa treatments; Wellness philosophy; Project management and research. ... [-]

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