Doctoral Degree in Music and Dramatic Art

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

Program Description

Doctoral Degree in Music and Dramatic Art

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

Doctoral Degree in Music and Dramatic Art

Doctoral studies were introduced at the EAMT in 1996 (during the Soviet era, the best graduates of the Tallinn Conservatory usually continued their studies at post-graduate level in Moscow or Leningrad). The first dissertation was defended in 2004. In the beginning only musicologist were accepted to the PhD programme, whereas in 2000 specific curricula were designed for performers and composers. In 2006 a new programme in dramatic art was added, which also has artistic emphasis. 43 doctoral students are enrolled in doctoral studies at present (June 1, 2011) and 3 curricula are open for applicants: Musicology, Music (artistic emphasis), Dramatic Art (artistic emphasis). Doctoral studies are led by the Doctoral Committee that includes both scholars and professors of artistic specialities. Since 2009 EAMT coordinates the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts. This is a joint venture of four Estonian universities: Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, University of Tartu, Tallinn University, and Estonian Academy of Arts. The graduate school is led by professor Jaan Ross.

The examination is organised in two rounds. Round one is based on documents. In this round, a student candidate should submit to the admissions secretary, by 2 June 2014:

  • 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


A Doctoral Degree generally takes 4 years to complete.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2017
4 years
Full time
Start date Aug. 2017
Estonia Tallinn
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