Below you will find questions that frequently come up in the beginning of the studies and answers to those questions.
While updating my personal information on SIS I noticed I am listed under "form of financing" as a fee paying student, though in my admission letter I've been told I have the tuition-waiver scholarship. Is this normal for people who receive this or is it a mistake in the system?
There is no need to worry. Officially the international Philosophy MA program in UT has a fee. However, the top applicants get a tuition-waiver scholarship that covers the fee, so if you have been informed about getting a tuition-waiver scholarship, you do not have to pay for your studies. What is actually meant is that you are enrolled in a program that, for some students, has a fee.
Do I get to choose my supervisor?
Before arriving and during the first week you are free to talk to different members of staff. We will suggest potential matches, based on what we know about you and on our staff’s availability. Supervisors may also be changed in subsequent semesters.
Where can I find information about courses taught in English?
Is this a “taught” or a “research” Master’s program?
It can be either. Our unique format has a minimal amount of compulsory courses and allows you to decide, with the help of your supervisor, whether to mostly take classes, do individually based, research-focused studies, or have a balanced mix of both. In any case, your Master’s Thesis will be a piece of philosophy research. See more information about your study plan.
How do I register for the “specialization blocks”?
You don’t. Blocks are normally filled in by both classes and individual studies. You register for classes in SIS. When you get your ECTS and grade, those classes will become part of a specialization block. But you don’t have to register for individual studies – you write them into your semester plan, you complete them, and when completed, the ECTS you earn will show up as part of a specialization block.
What’s the difference between elective and optional courses?
Optional courses are totally up to you to decide (as long as they don’t distract you too much!). Elective courses must fit in with your overall academic needs and interests – they can be, but need not be, philosophy courses (for example, they can be language courses, academic writing courses, or subjects in another discipline). In SIS we give you a list of suggestions, but ultimately you choose them, under the advice of your supervisor. Note: if a non-philosophy course is immediately relevant for your Master’s research, you can include it in a specialization block. Examples: you work on the philosophy of mind, you take a class in psychology/you work on feminist philosophy, you take a class on gender studies/you work on philosophy of language, you take a class in linguistics/you work on ethics and artificial intelligence, you take a class in the IT department…
Can I follow courses at another university as part of my MA program?
It is also possible to take courses from other Estonian universities. Here you will find more information about that.
MA students can also spend up to 6 months abroad, beginning from the second semester. Many have done so. For information about possible destinations, please see here.
You need to have the permission of the program director to study abroad, so if you plan to go abroad, please contact Francesco Orsi (orsi [ät] ut.ee).
Can I do a short internship at a company or governmental institution during the MA program?
Absolutely! That's exactly what the practice module is for.