Admission

The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre offers doctoral studies in two branches:
• Artistic (music performance, composition, dramatic art) – curriculum Music and Dramatic Art;
• Academic – curriculum Musicology.

The standard period of doctoral studies is four years. All full time PhD students are entitled to receive doctoral allowance during the four year time of their standard study period. There is no tuition fee.

Music and Dramatic Art


The examination is organised in two rounds. Round one is based on documents.

  • a video recording of a performed program of 45-60 minutes in performance specialties, or ca 45 min of music recordings (with sheet music) in composition specialties, or a list of major creative achievements with written sources and/or recordings in dramatic art;
  • a plan of prospective doctoral studies, which should include four concert programs (or other creative tasks depending on specialty), and a research paper proposal on the required form;
  • an overview of previous creative activities and research (CV).

Up to 10 candidates will be admitted to the second round, combined for both doctoral curricula. The candidates will be notified of the results of the first round at least 5 days before the second round.

In round two, a student candidate should:

  • at the request of the examination panel, perform a requested part of the program submitted previously as a recording, or answer the questions of the panel on his or her previous creative activities (a live performance is not required for candidates in the specialties of conducting and dramatic art);
  • justify and defend his or her plan of prospective doctoral studies.

As a rule, candidates are required to attend the second round in person. In exceptional cases, the interview can also be conducted via electronic communication channels.

The examination panel evaluates and considers the following:

  • persuasiveness and originality of artistic ideas of a candidate;
  • specialty-specific level of technical mastery;
  • scope and quality of previous creative activities;
  • creative potential and qualities required for creative activities at international level;
  • relevance of the research subject and its connection to creative activities;
  • clarity of the research problem, adequacy of selected methodology, and familiarity with reference literature and sources on the subject.

The examination is graded on a scale of 1-10. Based on the examination results, a single ranking list will be established for candidates of both doctoral curricula. Five highest-ranked candidates will be admitted to the Academy. The doctoral council can additionally suggest other candidates for doctoral studies as an external student.

Musicology


The examination is organised in two rounds. Round one is based on documents.

  • a plan of prospective doctoral studies and a doctoral thesis proposal on the required form;
  • an overview of previous research and creative activities (CV).

Up to 10 candidates will be admitted to the second round, combined for both doctoral curricula. The candidates will be notified of the results of the first round at least 5 days before the second round.

In round two, a student candidate is required to justify and defend his or her plan of prospective doctoral studies and the doctoral thesis proposal. As a rule, candidates are required to attend this round in person. In exceptional cases, the interview can also be conducted via electronic communication channels.

The examination panel evaluates and considers the following:

  • relevance of the research subject and clarity of the research problem;
  • explanation of theoretical context and consideration of research methods;
  • familiarity with reference literature and sources on the subject;
  • previous research of a candidate and his or her ability to participate in international research communication.

The examination is graded on a scale of 1-10. Based on the examination results, a single ranking list will be established for candidates of both doctoral curricula. Five highest-ranked candidates will be admitted to the Academy. The doctoral council can additionally suggest other candidates for doctoral studies as an external student.