• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration

About

The programme provides a stimulating research environment where you can develop your own research project through a range of fieldwork-based practises that examines the relativity of world-views, the commonalities of social practices, and relate them to a broader global context.

The Anthropology programme at Tallinn University offers two MA pathways conducted in English language. In one pathway, MA students produce a 40,000 word dissertation that is based on eight weeks of ethnographic fieldwork.

Due to the relatively small size of our unit, an important aspect of our existence is the personal rapport which students develop with their peers and supervisors. This lends itself to spirited and stimulating discussions which often carry on in informal contexts.

The MA normally takes 2 years.

  • During the first year, the MA student is expected to actively participate in seminars, attend the School’s courses and contribute to university events. Throughout the first 2 semesters, the candidate attends numerous courses and seminars with the goal of fine-tuning the theme that will be developed in the MA dissertation.
  • At the end of the 2nd semester, MA researchers are required to submit a research proposal to the curriculum staff. This proposal should state the research question, its relevance to the discipline, the methodology addressing it, and any ethical issues foreseen in carrying out the project. The proposal is discussed with a member of staff, other than the candidate’s supervisor, so that the researcher can receive independent feedback.
  • After the successful submission of the proposal, MA researchers embark on the fieldwork aspect of their projects. The suitable amount of time for this is an issue that is agreed upon with the supervisor(s). After fieldwork, one academic year is allotted to writing up. Attendance and participation in seminars at this stage are crucial.

Graduate career options

Anthropologists make valuable contributions in the following fields:
  • Education/Outreach
  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Resource Management (CRM)
  • Historic Preservation
  • Museum/Curation/Project Design
  • Community Development
  • Advocacy (Human Rights/Social Justice)
  • Computers/Software Development/Information Technology
  • Design (products and/or services)
  • Ethnography/Cultural AnthropologyHealth
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Tourism/Heritage
  • Management Consulting/Organizational Development/Training
  • Humanitarian Efforts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • General Debates in Anthropological Theory
  • Ethnographic Readings
  • Methods of Ethnographic Fieldwork and Project Planning
  • The Political Economy of Culture
  • Fieldwork Practise
  • Academic Writing in English

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Applicants from Russia, Ukraine and Georgia:
    • Deadline for submitting your application: 1 June 
    • Deadline for sending your documents by post: 20 June 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    72

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  • Minimum required score:

    543

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General Requirements

  • Completed Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent
  • Proof of English Proficiency

Entrance exams

  • Statement of research interests and/or outline of research project (should be uploaded to online application system DreamApply in pdf format)
  • Essay based on assigned literature. The essay is to be written on-site (90 minutes, appr. 5 pages). International Applicants can submit their essays online, following a pre-arranged agreement. The applicants will be required to read two articles relating to one of the five topics listed: Fieldwork, Anthropology of Religion, Political Anthropology, Sensorial Anthropology and Visual Anthropology. Please read more about the essay below.
  • Interview

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1660 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1660 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1660 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1660 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Tallinn

  • 598 - 950 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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