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Politics and Governance, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #801 (QS) ,
The BA in Politics and Governance from Tallinn University is a contemporary academic programme combining a strong politics and governance core with a variety of choices including international relations, economics and management.


Reasons to choose this Politics and Governance programme and Tallinn University School of Governance, Law and Society
  • Via individual choices, the students can develop their studies to build a basis for a future career in administration and management positions but our alumni are also successful in politics, civil society organisations, international enterprises and media.
  • Politics and governance is one of the core competence areas of Tallinn University and its Estonian and English programmes are positively accredited. In the field of politics and governance there are 7 professors and ca. 20 permanent academic staff in Tallinn University.
  • Tallinn University values internationalisation, societal innovation and openness. University has developed services and facilities for international students. There are various possibilities to study languages and cultures (English, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese etc.). University is located in the Tallinn city centre and also near to harbour and airport. It is a good place to study for international students and there is a vibrant international community of professors and students already numbering in hundreds.

A graduate:

  • has an overview of the field of contemporary politics and governance and the main academic trends, and is able to relate this to practical developments;
  • is familiar with the institutions and actors at a state, local, multinational and international level, also their operational logic both in society and within organisations;
  • is able to analyse the processes of development and implementation of politics, and has acquired the most significant theories and methods for that ability;
  • has basic competences in economics and management, law and society;
  • has practical traineeship experience and can have interdisciplinary project experience.

Opportunities after graduation

A graduate of any BA programme is primarily expected to continue studies to obtain MA degree. More than 20 years of experience with our various programmes in politics and governance indicates that our graduates are well prepared to enter further studies in European universities and beyond. Students are also welcomed to the 3 English and 3 Estonian MA and 1 PhD programmes of the field in Tallinn University.

The BA in Politics and Governance from Tallinn University also provides basic competences to work, especially in NGOs but also in public administration, enterprises and international organisations. This is supported by the selection of elective module and the area of practical training.

Most of the alumni of TU politics and governance are public servants but there are also successful people in business, politics, media and civic society. For example Secretary General of the Ministry of Defence Mikk Marran, Head of one of the largest Estonian companies Elering Taavi Veskimägi, Deputy Chairman of Centre Party Jaanus Karilaid, Head of National Broadcasting Russian Programme Darja Saar and others.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The BA programme in Politics and Governance:

  • Develops systematic and coherent core competences in politics and governance;
  • Allows student to develop a deeper competence in some selected subfield based on choice of core electives and open electives;
  • Opens the opportunity to continue studies in MA level including the 3 English and 3 Estonian MA programmes in the field in Tallinn University.

Structure of the programme:

  • Core Courses 80 credits
  • Elective Core Modules 48 credits, select 2 modules:
    - Politics
    - Governance
    - International relations
    - Economics and management
  • Bachelor´s thesis 12 credits
  • University-wide courses 18 credits
  • Traineeship 6 credits
  • Open Electives 16 credits

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    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 (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Prerequisite requirements

  • Completed secondary education and university eligibility
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Entrance exam: The entrance exam consists of written assignment (written answers to the questions concerning their motivation and desire to study at the programme) and an interview with the admissions committee via Skype.

Written assignment. Please submit a concise and exact answer (max 200 words per question) to the following two questions in the online application system Dream Apply under the motivation letter section:

1. What do you consider to be the biggest political and/or governance problem in your country or region right now and how would you approach fixing it?

2. Why do you want to study politics and governance? What courses interest you most in our programme?

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1450 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1450 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Tallinn

  • 598 - 950 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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