Tallinn University of Technology

General information

Introduction: a tradition of academic excellence

Tallinn University of Technology (Tallinn Tech) is one of Scandinavia’s premier technical universities with a strong focus on high-level research in engineering, technology and innovation-related fields. Established in 1918 in Estonia’s capital city of Tallinn, this public university is celebrating its 95th anniversary in 2013. Tallinn Tech is the second largest university in terms of enrolment in Estonia, and the oldest and largest public university in the capital city.

Tallinn Tech is a modern European university and is well known for its multidisciplinary courses and innovative approach to teaching. As the only technical university in Estonia, we have undertaken the challenge to be the nation’s leading academic institution in the fields of engineering, technology and IT, with strong capabilities in interdisciplinary approaches in the fields of business and social sciences.


Tallinn Tech places significant focus on R&D and highly competitive laboratories, and has an excellent reputation amongst science universities in Europe. The university has access to world-class research funding resources and our scientists can take full advantage of different national and international grants provided for research in Estonia. Two of the national Centers of Excellences (Center of Excellence in Computer Science and Center for Integrated Electronic Systems and Biomedical Engineering) and a vast number of Competence Centers are located at the university. This has resulted in a large amount of foreign and national patents, international patent applications, inventions and successful spin-off companies.

The most international university in Estonia

The university is tightly integrated with international co-operation networks and projects, participates actively in creating the global higher education and research area and is attractive to international students as well as international teaching staff and researchers. As the most international institution and with the largest international student body in Estonia, the university places strong emphasis on internationalization, innovation and providing interdisciplinary high-level education which is able to compete successfully with respected universities in the world.

Technology, innovation and start-ups

The Tallinn Tech campus is also home to more than 150 high-tech companies, including Skype. The university highly values innovation and entrepreneurship and has launched a range of partnership projects (via the Startup Incubator) and platforms (via MEKTORY) for students and researchers to enhance their business ideas, technological discoveries and start-up firms. This offers Tallinn Tech students and scientists a unique opportunity to foster and establish their businesses, technology solutions and innovative ideas in an environment based on synergy, where special mentors, office areas, meeting rooms, demonstration areas, leisure facilities and more are available to them. Students from Tallinn Tech are often recruited by leading businesses whilst still in the midst of their studies.

The widespread recognition of the institutions programs by industries and R&D organizations has enabled graduates to assume positions of responsibility in various sectors or continue their academic careers at top universities. Close collaboration with global multinational companies (including Microsoft, Skype, Mitsubishi, Ericsson and Samsung) has been developed to foster research and practical training for students and academics.


Information per Mobility Type

Undergraduate and Master degree exchange

Most of the English-language programmes are open to international exchange students. More information about courses, application procedure and other information for Exchange students can be found on our webpage. Tallinn University of Technology requires from the Exchange students at least level B2 in English.

Master degree studies

Tallinn University of Technology offers 18 master degree programmes that are completely taught in English. Starting from 2014 a new English programme will be open. The duration of Master programmes in Estonia is two years. More information about Master programmes can be found on our webpage.

Application requirements vary from programme to programme, however the proficiency in English is the same (IELTS 5+, TOEFL IBT 61+, TOEIC score 700+, First Certificate in English (FCE) score B+, Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) score C+, Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) score C+ or Pearson score 46+) and of course an undergraduate degree in an academic field that is related to the master’s programme you apply to.

For more information about Degree studies, please visit our website.

PhD studies

PhD studies International postgraduates are welcome to do their doctoral studies at TUT. A doctoral programme corresponds with 4 years of studies and requires a total of 240 ECTS. The nominal study load per semester according to the curriculum is 30 ECTS. A student may carry a full-time or partial load. The PhD programme consists of a study courses equivalent to 55-60 ECTS and an independent scientific project, which ends with a public defense of the PhD thesis. The doctor´s degree awarded at TUT is called Doctor of Philosophy, in brackets followed by a name of the narrower curricular specialization. Each PhD candidate is individually advised by an appropriate faculty member. The faculty member and student candidate cooperate closely in specifying the research area. How to get started As a prerequisite condition to admission, PhD candidates must find and establish a contact with a professor, associate professor, lead research scientist or senior researcher within TUT, who is willing to act as principal supervisor. Please visit the webpage of the appropriate faculty for contact details. When contacting the faculty member, please add a synopsis of your doctoral project to your cover letter, plus a description of your previous experience in the research field and your curriculum vitae. Recognition of your previous academic and examination achievements and credits is decisive for your admission to the doctoral programme.

For further information about PhD studies, please contact us by e-mail

Language requirements

Non-native English speakers are requested to present a copy of TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic/Cambridge English test score report.

  • The score of the TOEFL iBT test should be at least 70. Tallinn University of Technology TOEFL code: 8665-
  • Requested IELTS score: 5,5 or above
  • FCE (First Certificate in English): C 
  • CAE/CPE (CAE=Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English/CPE=Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English) C
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) total score: 46 or above

Students do not have to present English test only if previous studies have been done fully in English and it is marked on their diploma or transcript or they send a certificate from the school which confirms that their studies have been conducted fully in English (for language of instruction an additional Skype interview will be conducted).

For exchange students we also accept a confirmation letter from the coordinator or from the English teacher. These students do not have to present an official Language certificate.