Admission and studies

It is possible to study at the Institute of Cultural Studies at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. The curricula are structured as modules, which allow students to plan their studies flexibly. Our institute prepares future cultural professionals.

There are five curricula in Estonian:

Literature and Cultural Studies (BA)
Ethnology, Folklore and Applied Anthropology (MA)
Literature and Theater Studies (MA)
Cultural Management (MA)
Literature and Cultural Studies (PhD)

There is one curriculum in English:

Folkloristics and Applied Heritage Studies (MA)

The University of Tartu offers the widest cultural education in Estonia.

The institute has close cooperation with the leading employers in the field (Estonian National Museum, Estonian Literary Museum, Estonian Theater Agency, Folk Culture Center, etc.), who offer students exciting internship opportunities.

Applications for admission to bachelor's studies can be submitted to SAIS from June 12 to June 26, 2024.

Admission to the master's degree programs starts already on February 1 and also lasts until June 26, 2024. Submission of applications in SAIS.

Admission to the master's programme  Folkloristics and Applied Heritage Studies starts on January 2 and lasts until March 15. Submission of applications in Dreamapply. 
Registration in SAIS starts February 1 and last until March 15, 2024.


Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Cultural Studies
Master's degree in ethnology, folklore and applied anthropology
Master's degree in literary and theatrical studies
Master's degree in cultural management
Master's degree in Folkloristics and Applied Heritage Studies (in English)
Literature and Cultural Studies (PhD)

Progress review of the PhD students of the Institute of Cultural Research will be held on August 29-30, 2024.

Procedure of doctoral student's progress review

Documents required for progress review should be entered to SIS and writings (completed manuscripts, drafts) in connection with the PhD theses are to be sent to the e-mail address by the 16th of August at the latest.

The doctoral student submits the following documents to SIS with his/her own and the supervisor’s (supervisors’) signatures: 

1. the progress review report and the period plan;
2. the period plan for the next review period

Members of the progress review committee:
Art Leete, Professor of Ethnology, Head of the Institute of Cultural Research
Raili Marling, Professor of English (Institute of Foreign Languages and Cultures)
Elo-Hanna Seljamaa, Associate Professor of Estonian and Comparative Folklore
Katre Talviste, Lecturer in Didactics of Literature
Mart Velsker, Associate Professor of Estonian Literature
Aimar Ventsel, Associate Professor of Ethnology
Anu Kannike, Senior Researcher (Estonian National Museum)
Jaan Undusk, Director (Under and Tuglas Literature Centre)
Tõnno Jonuks, Research Director (Estonian Literary Museum)

Please see the faculty’s website for more information about progress review or contact the academic affairs specialist of your department or coordinator of the institute. 

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