Doctoral Studies

Doctoral Studies at EAMT were established in 2015 in order to co-ordinate and develop the doctoral programme. Doctoral studies are led by the Doctoral Council, which includes both scholars and professors from creative fields. The Doctoral Council has two co-chairs, who represent the academic and artistic branch respectively.

Doctoral studies were introduced at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 1996. Formerly (approx. 1960 – 1980) the best graduates of the Tallinn Conservatory usually continued their studies at post-graduate level at the Conservatories of Moscow and Leningrad. The first doctoral dissertation at EAMT was defended in 2004. In the beginning, only musicologists were accepted to the PhD programme, whereas in 2000 specific curricula were designed for performers and composers. In 2006, a new programme for the dramatic arts was added, which also has a creative emphasis.

Doctoral studies at EAMT are presently divided between academic and artistic branches (in the respective programmes of "Musicology" and "Music and Dramatic Art"). The first is based on academic music research and concludes with a defence of an extensive thesis. The admission examination of doctoral students in musicology focuses on the integration of the research subject in the research conducted at the department. Coverage of different areas of musicology (history of music, music theory, music psychology, ethnomusicology) is also strived for in admission. Doctoral students of musicology have been involved in the research subjects and grant projects of the department. Several students and their supervisors have also participated in international projects.

The doctoral students in the artistic branch have to complete an artistic research project, which usually consists of four presentations of creative works and a written thesis which is directly relevant to them. Similarly, theatre-related artistic research projects can be combined with a study of performance aspects of theatre, etc.

The popular main subjects include composition and improvisation. PhD students have participated in the workshops of the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts and the best students have given presentations at international conferences (either research conferences or AEC student conferences). Doctoral students can use the opportunities to study abroad through the support of DoRa Plus, ERASMUS and other programmes.

In 2014 EAMT used its own finances to launch the artistic research project (LUP1) "Composition and Improvisation in the 21st Century". The ultimate objective of LUP1 is publishing an article collection based on the research.


Chair of the Doctoral Council and Head of the Centre for Doctoral Studies:
Room C206



Vice-Chair of the Doctoral Council and Head of the Early Music Centre:
Room B214





Secretary of Doctoral Studies:
tel 6675 709
Room A201

Coordinator of Doctoral Studies at the Drama School
Researcher MADLI PESTI, PhD