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:

 Folkloristisc 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 28, 2023.

Admission to the master's degree programs starts already on February 1 and also lasts until June 28, 2023. Submission of applications in SAIS.

Admission to the master's programme Folklore and Heritage 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, 2023.


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 Folklore and Heritage (in English)
Literature and Cultural Studies (PhD)

Progress review of the PhD students of the Institute of Cultural Research will be held on the 28th and 29th of August, 2023

Procedure of doctoral student's progress review

Documents required for progress review should be entered to SIS and writings in connection with the PhD theses are to be sent to the e-mail address by the 15th of August at the latest. 


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, Research Fellow in Comparative Literature

Mart Velsker, Associate Professor of Estonian Literature

Aimar Ventsel, Associate Professor of Ethnology


The doctoral student / external doctoral student submits the following documents to the review committee at least 8 working days before the progress review date: 

1. Competencies self-analysis (For learners in programmes opened from 2022/2023)

Competencies self-analysis (scroll down to find the form)

2. the progress review report and the period plan with his/her own and the supervisor’s (supervisors’) signatures; 

3. manuscripts of completed article(s) and/or chapter(s) of a monograph;

4. the period plan for the next review period 


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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